The overarching goal of the Clinical Affective Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Georgia is to conduct research on the mechanisms underlying symptoms of schizophrenia and factors that predict conversion to psychosis in at-risk youth. We aim to use the knowledge gained from these studies to develop novel interventions for psychiatric conditions. This type of work is considered translational research, as it relies on theoretical frameworks from the basic neuroscience literature and aims to translate basic research findings obtained with human participants into clinical practice.
CAN Lab grad student Katie Visser successfully proposed her dissertation examining mechanisms underlying emotion regulation abnormalities in individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis!
10/17/2018: Grad student Lisa Bartolomeo successfully defended her 1st year research project (like a boss!)
10/12/2018: Grad student Katie Visser successfully proposed her dissertation (and rocked it!)
09/13/2018: Dr. Strauss and colleagues publish papers on the latent structure of negative symptoms in JAMA Psychiatry and Schizophrenia Bulletin using confirmatory factor analysis and network analysis indicating that negative symptoms best reflect 5 separate domains (anhedonia, avolition, asociality, blunted affect, alogia) that may have distinct biological correlates.
08/07/2018: Dr. Strauss receives a NARSAD Young Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation to conduct a study that uses computational modeling to identify mechanisms underlying the emergence of psychotic disorders in youth with prodromal syndromes.
6/30/2018: CAN Lab Research Assistant Lauren Arnold accepts research coordinator poition at Medical University of South Carolina!
6/15/2018: CAN Lab has 7 posters and 1 talk accepted at the Society for Research in Psychopathology Conference.