Schizophrenia Researcher and Clinician Receives Society’s Highest Honor

Philip D. Harvey, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and chief of the Division of Psychology, is the first recipient of the Schizophrenia International Research Society’s Outstanding Clinical/Community Research Award, considered the society’s highest honor.

Selected by a group of his peers, Harvey was recognized for his exceptional clinical and community contributions to schizophrenia research, particularly in the area of social cognition.

“I am truly honored to be selected as the first recipient,” said Harvey. “I appreciate the recognition of my efforts aimed at the international and cross-cultural study of cognition and functioning, which is particularly relevant in Miami, where multicultural influences on outcome in severe mental illness are critically important.”

Harvey was recently awarded a $3.2 million grant from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health to study schizophrenia and improve treatment for the impaired ability to function in everyday settings, which is characteristic of the debilitating mental health disorder. He also directs an annual conference on cognition that is an official satellite of the two Schizophrenia International Meetings, the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research and the Schizophrenia International Research Society.

“I have been studying everyday functioning in schizophrenia for 30 years,” said Harvey, who is leading a 25-site VA study to examine 18,000 veterans with severe mental illness and identify the genetics of impaired everyday functioning. “Some recent advances in assessment technology now have the potential to allow us to identify genetic contributions to the skills that underlie disability.’’

The first biennial SIRS Honorific Awards were presented during the April 16 Society Business Meeting at the third Biennial Schizophrenia International Research Conference in Florence, Italy.

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