Cognitive and Psychological Interventions

Cognitive and Psychological Interventions

Patients with psychotic disorders exhibit profound impairment in psychosocial functioning. Cognitive dysfunction, a core feature of psychosis, is one of the key limiting factors for functional improvement. Both cognitive deficits and functional disability remain an unmet therapeutic need beyond the reach of conventional pharmacotherapy.
Aerobic exercise was found to improved cognitive outcome with an associated increase in hippocampal volume in schizophrenia patients. We follow this up in early stage patients with mind-body exercise as well as aerobic exercises, looking into cognition, brain structure and connectivity changes. We will also implement and evaluate an exercise programme tailor made of psychosis patients in real-life situations.
Motivational deficit as a consequence of dysfunction of the brain reward system also compromise clinical outcome. We have been development innovative intervention to address this problem. For example the use of life coaching and other specific motivational techniques in improving patients functional outcomes.

Current/Developing projects:  

  • The impacts of yoga and aerobic exercise on neuro-cognitive function and brain structure in early psychosis-A randomized controlled clinical trial
  • Effectiveness of incorporating transtheoretical model in exercise program for patients with psychosis
  • A real life community exercise program to enhance cognitive function in psychosis patients
  • A randomized controlled trial on recovery-oriented coaching intervention for patients with early psychosis
  • Randomized controlled trial of 1-year extended case management on patients presenting with first-episode psychosis to EASY program (EASY3 study)
Prof. Eric YH Chen (Lead)
Dr. WC Chang
Dr. Edwin HM Lee
Dr. WC Chan
Dr. YN Suen
Ms. CM Leung
Ms. HN Tai
Ms. Komi YK Li
Ms. Jade PS Wong