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The Effect of Functional Training on Cognition

The purpose of this study is to determine if Functional Skills Training Software (FunSTAT) improves general cognition and/or functional capacity of individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The study uses a computer-based training program which presents everyday living skills (i.e., using an ATM, taking the correct medication, and calling the pharmacy to refill one’s prescription) conducted in one-hour sessions held thrice a week.

Study Length: 
Six weeks
Disorder/Condition: 
Schizophrenia
Inclusion Criteria: 
  • Male and female patients
  • 18-65 years of age
  • Diagnosis: Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Adequate hearing, vision, motor capacities
Study Title (brief): 
The Effect of Functional Training on Cognition
Study Description (brief): 

The purpose of this study is to determine if Functional Skills Training Software (FunSTAT) improves general cognition and/or functional capacity of individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The study uses a computer-based training program which presents everyday living skills (i.e., using an ATM, taking the correct medication, and calling the pharmacy to refill one’s prescription) conducted in one-hour sessions held thrice a week.

Study Contact: 

Anzalee Khan, PhD, Co-Principal Investigator at 646-766-5876 or Anzalee.Khan@nki.rfmh.org

Exclusion Criteria: 
  • Reading scores less than 30th percentile
  • Major neurologic disorder
  • Unstable antipsychotic dosing
Study Location: 
Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Ward's Island Complex, NY and 125th Street Clinic, 163 West 125th Street, NY