Our research, broadly construed, is focused on improving cognitive (attention, memory, problem solving) and social cognitive (affect recognition, Theory-of-Mind) skills in people with schizophrenia. We attend to these skills as countless studies  have emphasized their close relationship to a variety of aspects of outcome that are of considerable value to both treaters and people with the illness; the ability to successfully work, to live independently, and to maintain supportive relationships with family and friends. The major focus of our current work is to compare different approaches to cognitive training; some that involved repeated practice on exercises delivered through a computer as a means to strengthen underfunctioning neural and cognitive systems, to other approaches that focus on the acquisition of behavioral strategies to help bypass (rather than directly modify) difficulties in cognition. We conduct this work in collaboration with our local mental health center partners, Intercommunity Health in East Hartford, CT., River Valley Services in Middletown, CT., as well as The Institute of Living in Hartford, CT.  The lab also maintains a range of collaborations with faculty and students at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the Yale Department of Psychiatry, and the University of California at San Diego.