CLASP Lab

Research

In this study, our team is collecting passive and active data from participants (schizophrenia target n = 50, control target n = 50) in their daily lives. Machine learning approaches are also being implemented to reduce coding time for social functioning variables. In addition, a comprehensive laboratory assessment of general and social functioning is also being conducted to compare lab-based and real-world measures.

In this study, we are assessing speech and social functioning in real-world settings of those with serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. Additionally, all participants complete a comprehensive laboratory assessment battery measuring psychotic symptoms, functioning, neurocognition, and social cognition.

In this study, our team is using a passive computer-based application to audio record real-world social interactions. These real-world interactions are then used to tailor a leading metacognitive intervention. Participants are randomized to the tailored treatment, the standard treatment, or treatment as usual. Metacognition, social functioning, and psychotic symptoms are measured at baseline, mid-therapy, and post-therapy time points.

In this study, our team created a novel experimental paradigm to collect speech samples in baseline, negative affect, and cognitive load conditions. Formal thought disorder is assessed across conditions and those with first episode psychosis are compared to healthy controls. Social and role functioning, psychotic symptoms, and neurocognition are also assessed in the project.

A College Population Study. In this study, we are collecting speech, social functioning, and cortisol in participant's real-world environments. Those endorsing schizotypy traits are compared to a non-schizotypy group on each of these measures as well as a laboratory battery of measures assessing various constructs (e.g., functioning, suicidal ideation, stigma, substance use).

Join the lab

Undergraduate students

Dr. Minor is always interested in providing undergraduate students the chance to get involved in research.

To find out if you would be a good fit for the lab, or just want to learn more, submit the application.

Lab Requirements:

  • Attend meetings (held every other week)

  • 5-15 hrs/week commitment (this will be true for some weeks, but the work load will be less other weeks)

  • Respond to emails within 24 hours (except weekends)

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Graduate students

Graduate students who are interested in working in the CLASP lab are welcome and should contact Dr. Minor to learn more.