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Researcher Profile - Dwight Dickinson

First Name:Dwight
Last Name:Dickinson
Advanced Degrees:PhD, JD
Affiliation:Clinical Brain Disorders Branch
Department:National Institute of Mental Health
Street Address 1:10 Center Drive
Street Address 2:CRC Rm 7-3335
Zip/Postal Code:20892-1385
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Member reports no financial or other potential conflicts of interest. [Last Modified: 29 August 2011]
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Clinical Interests:
Autism spectrum disorders (pervasive developmental disorders), Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD, ADD) , Schizophrenia, Psychology
Research Focus:
Pharmacology, Clinical trials, Electrophysiology, Phenomenology/diagnosis, Genetics, Neuropsychology, Neurodevelopment
Work Sector(s):
Research institute, University
Reasearcher Bio
Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Assistant Professor and 2002-present
VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Baltimore, MD.
Assistant Director, Research Core 2002-present
Current research efforts involve neurocognitive factors in schizophrenia, including neurocognitive correlates of various dimensions of outcome, and behavioral and pharmacological interventions to improve cognition and cognition-related outcome.

VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Baltimore, MD.
Postdoctoral Fellow 2000-2002
Training in cognitive factors in schizophrenia under Drs. Alan Bellack and James Gold.

Research Career Development Award, Rehabilitation Research 2004-2007 and Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, $336,895
Principal Investigator, Cognitive Remediation for Schizophrenia (R21), 2003-2006 National Institutes of Mental Health, $375,000 (direct)
Co-Investigator, Atomoxetine as an adjunct to novel antipsychotic medication 2004-2005
in the treatment of cognitive deficits of schizophrenia,
Stanley Foundation, $334,000

Co-Principal Investigator, Galantamine as an adjunctive treatment for 2002-2005
cognitive, symptom and functional impairments in schizophrenia,
Stanley Foundation, $95,000 (merged with a grant awarded
to Drs. Robert Conley and Robert Buchanan).
Principal Investigator, Evaluation of learning software for a computer- 2001-2002
assisted cognitive remediation program for veterans with schizophrenia,
Baltimore Research and Education Foundation, $10,000
Associate Investigator Training Award, Health Services Research and 2000-2003
Development Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, $200,664

Top Papers
Dickinson, D., Ramsey, M., & Gold, J.M. (in press). Overlooking the obvious: A meta-analytic comparison of digit symbol coding tasks and other cognitive measures in schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry.
Dickinson, D., Gold, J.M., Dickerson, F.B., Medoff, D., & Dixon, L.B. (in press). Evidence of exacerbated cognitive deficits in schizophrenia patients with co-morbid diabetes. Psychosomatics.
Dickinson, D., Bellack, A.S., & Gold, J.M. (in press). Social/communication skills, cognition, and vocational functioning in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin.
Dickinson, D. & Gold, J.M. (in press). Processing speed and the Digit Symbol Substitution Test in schizophrenia. In Information Processing Speed in Clinical Populations (Deluca, J. & Kalmar, J., eds.) New York: Psychology Press.
Dickinson, D., Ragland, J.D., Calkins, M.E., Gold, J.M., & Gur, R.C. (2006). A comparison of cognitive structure in schizophrenia patients and healthy controls using confirmatory factor analysis. Schizophrenia Research, 85, 20-29.
Bellack, A.S., Dickinson, D., Morris, S.E., & Tenhula, W.N. (2005). The development of a computer-assisted cognitive remediation program for patients with schizophrenia. Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences, 42, 5-14.
Dickinson, D., Iannone, V.N., Wilk, C., & Gold, J.M. (2004). General and Specific Cognitive Deficits in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 55, 826-833.
Dickinson, D., Iannone, V.N., & Gold, J.M. (2002). Factor structure of the Wechsler Adult
Intelligence Scale-III in schizophrenia. Assessment, 9, 171-180.
Dickinson, D., & Coursey, R.D. (2002). Independence and overlap among neurocognitive
correlates of community functioning in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 56, 161-70.
If resources were not limited, what research projects would you pursue?
Research into sleep and metabolic effects on cognition in schizophrenia, improvements in cognitive performance associated with improvements in physical health
What is your leading hypothesis?
Cognitive impairment in schizophrenia is generalized across cognitive domains, at least as indexed by traditional neuropsychological tests.

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