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The People of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

The People of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

  Jimmy Choi Psy.D.
Senior Scientist
Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

200 Retreat Avenue
Whitehall Building - Institute of Living
Hartford CT 06106
Phone: (860) 545-7218

Who Am I?

Dr. Choi attended graduate school at Pepperdine University where he focused on neuropsychology. He then completed a neuropsychology internship at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and went on to clinical training in neuropsychology as a postdoctoral fellow at the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program at The Institute of Living. He completed a second year of postgraduate training at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York as a Marie Kessel Fellow in Neuropsychology. Prior to joining the faculty at ONRC, Dr. Choi was a neuropsychologist at the VA Connecticut Health Care System and the New York State Psychiatric Institute and on the faculty at Columbia University Medical Center, where he directed the Neurocognitive Rehabilitation Research Laboratory. He is the recipient of the Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Schizophrenia in Switzerland to acknowledge his early clinical research contributions in schizophrenia, and he was awarded a Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development Career Development Award to study cognitive rehabilitation in early Alzheimer?s disease.

Dr. Choi is also a staff neuropsychologist at IOL?s Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program.  He directs the cognitive rehabilitation services in the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program, the Young Adult Services? POTENTIAL Clinic, and the Connecting Adolescents with Psychosis (CAP) program at the Child and Adolescents Day Treatment Program.


  • Studying the neural basis of intrinsic motivation, learning, and anhedonia in schizophrenia (NIMH K23)

  • Studying methods to improve processing speed and social functioning in teenagers at clinical high risk for psychosis (Brain Behavior Research Foundation)

  • Studying methods to improve memory and quality of life in older adults at risk for dementia and those with early dementia (Alzheimer?s Association)

  • In collaboration with Joan Prudic, MD, Director of ECT Services at Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Choi is studying a novel memory training paradigm he developed for ECT-related cognitive impairments (NIMH R21)

  • In collaboration with Dr. Beth Taylor, Director of Exercise Physiology at Hartford Hospital, he is studying the synergistic benefits of physical and cognitive exercise at IOL?s Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program

  • Developing decisional informatics treatment algorithms to personalize psychosocial rehabilitation (NIMH).


Choi, J., Fiszdon, J.M., Corcoran, C.M., Dixon, L., Javitt, D.C., Deasy, M., Haber, L.C., Stevens, M., Pearlson, G.D. (2016).  Pupillometer-based neurofeedback cognitive training to improve processing speed and social functioning in psychosis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 40(1), 33-42.

Choi, J., & Twamley, E. W. (2013). Cognitive rehabilitation therapies for Alzheimer?s disease: a review of methods to improve treatment engagement and self-efficacy. Neuropsychology Review, 23(1), 48-62.

Choi J, Lisanby SH, Medalia A, Prudic J (2011). A Conceptual Introduction to Cognitive Remediation for Memory Deficits Associated With Right Unilateral Electroconvulsive Therapy.  Journal of ECT, 27(4), 286-291.

Choi J, Fiszdon JM, Medalia A (2010). Expectancy-value theory in persistence of learning effects in schizophrenia: Role of task value and perceived competency. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36, 957-65.

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