Online Course » SCH01 SCHIZOPHRENIA: Neurodevelopment and the Etiology of Schizophrenia

Course Description:
The purpose of this module is to present and overview of the complex picture of etiology of schizophrenia, and that there are many pathways that lead to this clinical outcome.
Course Objective:

After listening to and/or reading this interview, participants should be able to

  • Understand the difference between the negative and positive symptoms of Schizophrenia.
  • Become familiar with the Diathesis Stress Model for understanding psychosis the etiology of Schizophrenia.
  • Understand what synaptic pruning is.
  • Recognize which psychotherapy model is most effective with schizophrenic patients.
  • Understand the role of inflammation in the etiology of Schizophrenia.

Intended Audience:
Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Therapists 
Author Bio:

Elaine Walker, Ph.D. is Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology at Emory University.   She leads a research laboratory that is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study risk factors for major mental illness.  Her research is focused on child and adolescent development and the brain changes that are associated with adolescence.   Recipient of many awards for her research, she has published over 200 scientific articles and six books dealing with mental health and neuroscience.  Dr. Walker also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Emory.   

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