Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab

The Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab (SNaP Lab) is directed by Dr. Christine I. Hooker, PhD in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. The SNaP lab investigates neural, behavioral, and functional changes associated with social cognition and psychopathology. Specifically, we look at whether adolescents and adults who have, or may be “at-risk” for debilitating mental disorders, can benefit from using internet-based interventions that target the neural networks associated with social cognitive skills, such as theory of mind and emotion processing. We use a variety of techniques, including clinical interviewing, self-report, neuropsychological testing, and neuroimaging to assess the efficacy of our training program.

Currently, we are running a NIH funded study that is looking at the use of internet-based cognitive and social cognition training in adolescents and young adults at-risk for psychosis. We are also conducting a Phase II FDA clinical trial assessing the use of a internet-based social cognition training program in people with schizophrenia and related disorders. Upcoming projects include an internet-based cognitive emotional control training in participants with Bipolar I disorder and internet-based social cognition training in adults with Autism.

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