SIG Posters

The Schizophrenia SIG participates in ABCT's SIG Exposition (poster session).  The 2017 SIG Expo will take place on Friday night, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Sapphire Ballroom on Level 4 of the convention hotel.  SIGs can present up to 12 posters at the Expo.  Please come by, network with members of the SIG, and support student research!

The titles and authors' names of accepted posters will be printed in the Addendum, which is distributed at the Convention, and are listed below.  Graduates students whose proposals are accepted for the SIG poster sessions will be eligible for consideration for the SIG's Outstanding Student Research Award, which includes a $100 cash.  Eligibility is further limited to those who are currently enrolled as graduate students in a relevant discipline or have completed their terminal degrees within the past 12 months AND must be registered as student members of ABCT and/or sponsored by a full member.  The award will be announced and the prize awarded at the SIG poster session.

The 2017 poster session is jam-packed with interesting research, a mini-convention in itself!  Please come and congratulate our early career researchers and show your interest in their work!

Does Insight Reduce the Impact of Delusional Beliefs on Community Functioning?  Charles Davidson, Emory University/Yale University and Morris Bell, Yale University/ Department of Veterans Affairs

Correlates and Consequences of Social Defeat: Implications for Schizophrenia.  Carrington Merritt, Julia Browne, Arundati Nagendra, David Penn, and Keely Muscatell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Identifying Latent Groups of Individuals with First Episode Psychosis Based on Social Relationships: A Reconsideration of Social Functioning.  Emily C. Gagen, Diana Perkins, and David L. Penn, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

 Emotional Intelligence Predicts Irony Comprehension in Patients with Schizophrenia and Healthy Controls.  Shaina R. Herman, Loma Linda University, Amy Minh Nhat Burns, Canadian Mental Health Association, and Colleen A. Brenner, Loma Linda University

Sociocultural Context and the Duration of Untreated Psychosis in Three Subgroups of Mexican Origin Adults.  Laura Saldana, University of Maryland-College Park, Olivia Altamirano, University of Miami, Carmen Lara-Muñoz, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, and Steven R. Lopez, University of Southern California

Advocating for SMI Clients Facing Involuntary Treatment.  Andrea Avila and Will Spaulding, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Racial Disparities in Psychotic Symptoms and Treatment Engagement Among RAISE Early Treatment Program Participants.  Bryan Stiles, University of Washington, Oladunni Oluwoye, Washington State University, Maria Monroe-DeVita, Sarah Kopelovich, Lydia Chwastiak, Jon M. McClellan, University of Washington, Michael G. McDonell, Washington State University

Barriers to Employment for Veterans With Serious Mental Illness.  Robert Cook, VA San Diego Healthcare System and Dimitri Perivoliotis, VA San Diego Healthcare System/University of California-San Diego

The Effects of Post-trauma Reactions on Psychotic Symptoms.  Gwendolyn Dryer and Melanie D. Hetzel-Riggin, Pennsylvania State University-Behrend  

From Dysregulated Emotions to Social Dysfunction: The Mediating Effects of Emotion Regulation Problems on Social Functioning in Schizotypy.  Elaina Montague, Jesse Hochheiser, and William D. Spaulding, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 Modeling Mechanisms of Change in A Culturally-Informed Family Therapy for Schizophrenia: A Parallel Process Latent Growth Model of Family Cohesion, Schizophrenia, and Affective Symptoms.  Caitlin A. Brown and Amy Weisman de Mamani, University of Miami

Social Motivation Narratives in Schizophrenia.  Lauren Weittenhiller, Jasmine Mote, Megan Mikhail, & Ann Kring, University of California-Berkeley

Recap of ABCT 2016 SIG Poster Session:

Congratulations to Rebecca Lesser, M.A., psychology intern at Yale, who won this year’s student poster award for her poster on psychometrics of social cognition measures for clinical trials in schizophrenia. This research replicated test-retest findings of Dr. Amy Pinkham’s SCOPE study publications and tested reliability and criterion validity of several other measures, of which Dr. van der Gaag and colleagues’ DACOBS was a particularly promising measure for cognitive biases.

In addition to posters presented at the SIG Expo, 26 posters were presented under the “Schizophrenia” tag, broadly representing the breadth of international research groups and diverse high-quality research underway among ABCTers. A full list of posters starts on page 111 of this document: , and abstracts for everything are available here: . Tagged abstracts may be quickly identified in the full manual by searching (CTRL+F) “primary category: schizophrenia.”

SMI SIG Poster Session, November 2012.  Andrea Avila and Charlie Davidson with submitted posters.  


Please note that the ABCT rules for SIG posters are different from the rules for regular poster sessions.  Posters must be no larger than 18 inches wide by 19 inches tall and work best when mounted on foam core or other lightweight, inflexible backing.  ABCT will provide small easels with self-adhesive strips, although you may also bring your own easel if you wish.  Presenters may use handouts to communicate essential information or share contact information for follow-up correspondence.  There will not be electrical outlets available.  

Posters should all be formatted using the following template: The Title of a Poster Should Be in Upper and Lower Case, using lower case only for conjunctions, prepositions, and articles. Please include authors in their proper order, followed by their affiliation [please, no departments or centers or other secondary listings]. When multiple authors are at the same institution, you may group them under a single affiliation.

For additional information on the ABCT SIG poster session, please click here.

Past SMI SIG Poster Session Winners: