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Todd Woodward

Todd Woodward

Associate Professor, Psychiatry
Faculty of Medicine
UBC – BCMHARI
Phone: 604-875-2000 ext. 4724
Email: todd.woodward@ubc.ca

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Description of Research Program

My lab focuses on two main areas of research: cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging. The objective of my cognitive neuropsychiatry research is to identify the cognitive operations underlying the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. This is being explored by way of originally designed cognitive paradigms for memory confidence, source monitoring, reasoning, and semantic association. The objectives of my functional neuroimaging research are to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the cognitive systems involved in psychosis and schizophrenia, and to develop new multivariate methods for analyzing fMRI data, with applications to integrating information from fMRI, EEG and MEG. We provide two applications for download, free of charge. One is called metacognitive training (MCT), which is a group-based program that uses research-based examples to increase awareness of the cognitive biases that may underlie delusions, and training patients to counter these biases. The other is called fMRI-CPCA, which is a multivariate analysis method for imaging networks of brain activity.

Research Information

Mental Illness / Substance

Schizophrenia

Area of Research

Brain imaging, Cognition

Keyword Terms

Cognitive psychology, Component analysis, Connectivity, Delusions, Functional neuroimaging, Hallucinations, Memory, Reasoning

Selected Publications

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Metzak, P.D., Riley, J., Wang, L., Whitman, J.C., Ngan, E.T.C. & Woodward, T.S. (2011). Decreased efficiency of task-positive and task-negative networks during working memory in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin. DOI: 10-1093/schbul/sbq154.

Metzak, P.D., Feredoes, E., Takane Y., Wang, L., Weinstein, S., Cairo, T., Ngan, E.T.C, & Woodward, T. S. (2011). Constrained principal component analysis reveals functionally connected load-dependent networks involved in multiple stages of working memory. Human Brain Mapping, 32(6), 856-871.

Speechley, W.J., Whitman, J.C., & Woodward, T. S. (2010). The contribution of hypersalience to the "jumping to conclusions" bias associated with delusions in schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 35(1), 7-17.

Woodward, T. S., Menon, M., & Whitman, J. C. (2007). Source monitoring biases and auditory hallucinations. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 12(6), 477-494.

Woodward, T. S., Buchy, L., Moritz, S. & Liotti, M. (2007). A bias against disconfirmatory evidence is associated with delusion proneness in a nonclinical sample. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 33(4), 1023-8.