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Kyle S. Minor Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Psychology
2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Early Detection, Assessment, and Response to Risk, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2012 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Louisiana State University
2012 Clinical Psychology Internship, Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
2009 M.A. Psychology, Louisiana State University
2004 B.A. English, Northern Kentucky University
2004 B.A. Psychology, Northern Kentucky University
My laboratory focuses on identifying clinical risk markers of psychosis and implementing interventions for individuals at risk for or diagnosed with Schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. In our first line of research, we utilize novel experimental procedures to investigate predictors of Formal Thought Disorder. In previous studies, we have employed behaviorally based process measures of speech to examine the role of atypical semantic activation, working memory, and increased stress in thought disorder, and highlighted how these components affect disorganized speech at different points on the Schizophrenia-spectrum. Ultimately, this research could lead to the discovery of a behavioral endophenotype for Schizophrenia and provide a better understanding of thought disorder’s underlying components.
A second line of research concentrates on treatments designed to improve the severe cognitive deficits observed in Schizophrenia. I am particularly interested in addressing psychosis in the initial stages, as there is substantial evidence that deficits can be reduced when interventions begin early. Currently, my primary focus is centered on cognitive remediation strategies. These approaches have the potential for preventing or delaying cognitive decline in individuals at risk for psychosis and reducing cognitive symptoms in clients with Schizophrenia, which could ultimately pave the way for increased social and occupational functioning.
There are a number of exciting avenues to take both lines of research. Currently, I am interested in: 1) developing ecologically valid assessments of formal thought disorder using process and computerized measures of disorganized speech, 2) integrating process measures of disorganized speech with other measurements of language processing, 3) exploring cognitive enhancement strategies for specific cognitive deficits, and 4) investigating how motivation and stress reactivity affect response to treatment at varying points on the psychosis spectrum.
Dr. Minor is currently accepting new students for enrollment in Fall 2015.
Minor, K. S., & Lysaker, P. H. (In Press). Necessary, but not sufficient: Links between neurocognition, social cognition, and metacognition in schizophrenia are moderated by disorganized symptoms. Schizophrenia Research.
Minor, K. S., & Cohen, A. S. (2012). The role of atypical semantic activation and stress in schizotypy: Implications for odd speech. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(9), 1231-1236.
Cohen, A. S., Morrison, S. C., Brown, L. A., & Minor, K. S. (2012). Towards a cognitive resource limitations model of diminished expression in schizotypy. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121(1), 109-118.
Stone, W. S., Francis, T., Minor, K., Thomas, A., & Tsuang, M. T. (2012). Genetics of smoking and depression. Human Genetics, 131(6), 905-915.
Cohen, A. S., Najolia, G. N., Brown, L. A., & Minor, K. S. (2011). The state-trait disjunction of anhedonia in schizophrenia: Potential affective, cognitive and social-based mechanisms. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(3), 440-448.
Minor, K. S., Cohen, A. S., Weber, C. R., & Brown, L. A. (2011). The relationship between atypical semantic activation and odd speech across emotionally evocative conditions. Schizophrenia Research, 126(1-3), 144-149.
Minor, K. S., Jones, G. N., Stewart, D. W., Hill, B. D., & Kulesza, M. (2010). Comparing two methods of psychomotor performance in patients with HIV. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, 55(2), 225-227.
Minor, K. S., & Cohen, A. S. (2010). Affective reactivity of speech disturbances in schizotypy. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 44(2), 99-105.
Cohen, A. S., & Minor, K. S. (2010). Emotional experience in patients with schizophrenia revisited: Meta-analysis of laboratory studies. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36(1), 143-150.