Shaun M. Eack, PhD
Shaun M. Eack, Ph.D. is David E. Epperson Professor of Social Work and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. His primary research focus is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of psychosocial treatment methodologies for persons with severe mental illness. His recent work focuses on the application of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy, a neurocognitive and social-cognitive rehabilitation program, to persons with schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders. He has published papers on the efficacy of Cognitive Enhancement Therapy in both chronic and early course schizophrenia patients, and has conceptualized and led studies with a multidisciplinary team to adapt Cognitive Enhancement Therapy from schizophrenia to verbal adults with autism spectrum disorder. These studies provided the first evidence-based cognitive remediation intervention for this population. He is now studying the neurobiologic effects of this treatment, and has found that the structural integrity of the brain can be positively influenced by psychosocial treatment. In addition, he has published papers on factors affecting various psychosocial outcomes among individuals with schizophrenia, particularly quality of life and functional outcome. Dr. Eack also maintains a broad interest in treatment dissemination and implementation, and has published papers on the development of the behavioral health workforce and implementation of standardized assessment tools in routine community mental health settings.
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