Category: Schizophrenia / Psychotic Disorders


Symposium 85 - Understanding the Role of Diversity in Treatment Response to Rehabilitative Approaches in Schizophrenia

Saturday, November 18
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Location: Aqua Salon E & F, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Psychosis / Psychotic Disorders | Treatment-Other | Implementation
Presentation Type: Symposium

Treatment outcomes for adults with schizophrenia are widely variable, even when evidence-based approaches are utilized. Many patients respond well to treatment interventions, however, a substantial subgroup do not show the same gains. Currently very little is known about individual differences that predict treatment response among adults with schizophrenia.  Thus, increasing understanding of the person-level and treatment-related characteristics that predict treatment response is a potential way to improve the effectiveness of interventions for schizophrenia. This symposium brings together several leaders in the field of clinical intervention research for schizophrenia.  Each will present recent data on the role individual characteristics including race and ethnicity, symptoms, cognitive functioning, neurophysiology, and initial treatment response play in the prediction of treatment effectiveness and rehabilitation outcomes.

Schizophrenia is a heterogeneous disorder. There is wide variability in deficit profile, and episodic course among people with the illness. In physical medicine, it is understood that diversity characteristics including age, race, and cognitive functioning may impact response to any given treatment. Likewise, in serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia it is increasingly understood that attending to these factors and incorporating them into treatment and assessment recommendations may improve outcomes. The papers presented in this symposium each examine relevant person-level baseline factors that may predict optimal benefit from a specific treatment approach.

The symposium represents a range of assessment tools and intervention types to best summarize the current state of the literature. Several evidence-based practices and known deficit areas will be addressed, including cognitive remediation, motivational interviewing, supported employment, social cognitive training, and community functioning. The empirical studies presented will cover a range of potential relevant predictors including basic neuroscience processes of electrophysiological responsivity, baseline levels of neurocognition and social cognition, psychiatric symptoms, demographic and racial factors as well as perceived racism and racial identity.

Learning Objectives:

Felice Reddy

Research Psychologist


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    Will Spaulding

    University of Nebraska, Lincoln


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      Joanna Fiszdon

      Yale University


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      Arundati Nagendra

      Ph.D. Student
      University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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      Robert Kern



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      Gregory Light

      Professor and Deputy Vice Chair, Psychiatry
      University of California, San Diego


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