Tara A. Niendam, PhD
My research interests focus on factors related to improving outcomes for individuals at risk for psychosis or in the earliest stages of psychotic illness. Impairments in prefrontally-mediated cognitive impairment are a core feature of psychotic illness and I hope to understand how these impairments 1) develop prior to illness onset, 2) change over time after onset, 3) and contribute to poor clinical and psychosocial outcome. I use fMRI and a variety of statistical methods to explore these questions.
I am also interested in improving treatment for individuals with psychotic illness. To that end, I am committed to bringing evidence-based assessment and treatment practices for early psychosis into the clinical mainstream via trainings and community-based partnerships. I also have a research program examining the utility of mobile health technology to improve outcomes for individuals with early psychosis.