Current Research Studies

Examining the Efficacy of Be Outspoken and Overcome Stigmatizing Thoughts (BOOST) for Early Psychosis

This study is examining the effectiveness of a group treatment developed by Dr. Best and his colleagues. BOOST combines cognitive behavioural therapy with peer support to help people in the early stages of psychosis cope with self-stigma and develop assertive communication skills. This group was effective in a pilot study run by Dr. Best, and we are now examining the treatment in a larger sample.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at bestlab.utsc@utoronto.ca

Neurocognitive and Neurophysiological Effects of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Psychosis

In this pilot study we are examining the effects of 6 months of cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis (CBT-p) on neurocognitive abilities (such as attention, memory, and problem-solving) and neurophysiology (measured through electroencephalography; EEG). The results of this study will inform the mechanisms by which CBT-p produces effective treatment results so that we can improve the delivery of CBT-p.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at bestlab.utsc@utoronto.ca

Mechanisms of Executive Function Training for Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders

Executive Function Training (ET) is a form of cognitive remediation developed by Dr. Best and his colleagues that is briefer and more efficient than traditional forms of cognitive remediation. ET improves neurocognitive abilities (such as attention, memory, and problem-solving) and community functioning in only 4 weeks. This study attempts to determine the components of ET that are responsible for these improvements in order to make the treatment even more effective.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact us at bestlab.utsc@utoronto.ca