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The People of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

The People of the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center

Matthew Kurtz, PhD
Institute of Living and
Department of Psychiatry
Yale University School of Medicine


200 Retreat Avenue
Whitehall Building - Institute of Living
Hartford CT 06106
Phone: 860-545-7304
Email: mkurtz@harthosp.org

Who Am I?

Dr. Kurtz received his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1989 (Phi Beta Kappa), his doctorate in Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University in 1995 and post-doctoral training in neuropsychiatric aspects of schizophrenia in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania with Dr. Raquel Gur.  Dr. Kurtz arrived as a psychologist in the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program at The Institute of Living and as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, in 2000 and was promoted to the role of Senior Research Scientist in 2005 at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center and the Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program.  Dr. Kurtz is a licensed psychologist and a member of the American Psychological Association and the International Neuropsychological Society.  He is the recipient of a 2003 NARSAD Young Investigator Travel Grant and a 2005 Hartford Hospital New Investigator Award. 

Interests

The focus of Dr. Kurtzís research program and clinical work is the development and evaluation of novel behavioral approaches for treatment of deficits in attention, memory and problem-solving in people with schizophrenia.  The efficacy of these interventions, known collectively as cognitive remediation, are assessed with outcome measures that range across a variety of levels of analysis including functional neuroimaging data, standardized neurocognitive probes, clinic-administered mediational measures of functioning, and achieved community function and employment status.  More recent work is directed at augmenting evidence-based practices in rehabilitation, such as social-skills training, with novel approaches to cognitive remediation in schizophrenia.   Dr. Kurtz is also interested in refining methods for measuring neurocognitive dysfunction in patients with schizophrenia, elucidating the neural substrates underlying impaired neurocognition in this population, and developing remediation strategies for deficits in emotion recognition and other aspects of social cognition.  Dr.Kurtzís research is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD), and Hartford Hospital Research Administration. 

Publications

Kurtz, M.M., Campbell, B.A. Paradoxical autonomic responses to aversive stimuli in the developing rat. Behavioral Neuroscience 108: 962-971, 1994.

Kurtz, M.M., Moberg, P.J., Gur, R.E. Aging and schizophrenia. Clinical Geriatrics 6: 51-60, 1998.

Kurtz, M.M., Moberg, P.J., Harper Mozley, L., Hickey, T., Arnold, S.E., Bilker, W.B., Gur, R.E. The relationship of neuropsychological impairment to functional status in elderly patients with schizophrenia. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry 16: 631-638, 2001.

Kurtz, M.M., Ragland, J.D., Bilker, W.B., Gur, R.C., Gur R.E. Comparison of two forms of the Continuous Performance Test, with and without working memory demands, in healthy controls and patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 48: 307-316, 2001.

Kurtz, M.M., Moberg, P.J., Harper Mozley, L., Swanson, C.S., Gur, R. C., Gur, R.E. Effectiveness of an attention and memory training program on neuropsychological deficits in schizophrenia. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 15: 75-80, 2001.

Kurtz, M.M., Moberg, P.J., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E. Approaches to remediation of neuropsychological deficits in schizophrenia: A review and meta-analysis. Neuropsychology Review 11: 197-210, 2001.

Bilker, W.B., Brensinger, C., Kurtz, M.M., Kohler, C., Gur, R.C., Siegel , S.J., Gur, R.E. Development of an abbreviated quality of life scale using a new method. Neuropsychopharmacology, 28: 773-777, 2003.

Kurtz, M. M. Neurocognitive rehabilitation for schizophrenia. Current Psychiatry Reports. 5: 303-310, 2003.

Kurtz, M.M., Ragland, J.D., Moberg, P.J., Gur, R.C. The Penn Conditional Exclusion Test: A new measure of executive-function with alternate forms. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology 19, 191-201, 2004.

Kurtz, M.M., Wexler, B.E., Bell, M.D. The Penn Conditional Exclusion Test: Relationship to performance on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test and work function in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 68, 95-102, 2004.

Kurtz, M.M., Moberg, P.J., Ragland, J.D., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E. Symptoms vs. neurocognitive test performance as predictors of psychosocial status in schizophrenia: A 1- and 4-year follow-up study. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 31, 167-174, 2005.

St. Germain, S.A., Kurtz, M.M., Pearlson, G.D., Astur, R.S. Individuals with schizophrenia drive more slowly and erratically than controls on a driving simulator. Schizophrenia Research. 74, 121-122, 2005.

Kurtz, M.M. Neurocognitive deficits across the lifespan in schizophrenia: A research update. Schizophrenia Research. 74, 15-26, 2005.

Kurtz, M.M., Seltzer, J.C., Ferrand, J.L. Wexler, B.E. Neurocognitive function in schizophrenia at a 10-year follow-up: A preliminary investigation. CNS Spectrums. 10, 277-280, 2005.

Kiehl, K.A., Stevens, M.C., Celone, K., Kurtz, M.M., Krystal J.H. Abnormal hemodynamics in schizophrenia during an auditory oddball task. Biological Psychiatry. 57, 1029-1040, 2005.

Kurtz, M.M., Wexler, B.E. Differences in performance and learning proficiency on the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test in schizophrenia: Do they reflect distinct neurocognitive subtypes with distinct functional profiles? Schizophrenia Research 81, 167-171, 2006.

Kurtz, M.M. Symptoms versus neurocognitive skills as correlates of everyday functioning in patients with severe mental illness: A review and synthesis. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics. 6, 47-56, 2006.

Baker, E.K., Kurtz, M.M., Astur, R.S. Virtual reality assessment of medication compliance in patients with schizophrenia. Cyberpsychology and Behavior, 9, 224-229, 2006.

Seltzer, J.C., Kurtz, M.M., Thime, W. The Schizophrenia Rehabilitation Program at the Institute of Living: Combining neurocognitive, motivational and vocational rehabilitation. The Behavior Therapist, 29, 30-35, 2006.

Kurtz, M.M., Baker, E., Pearlson, G.D., Astur, R.S. A virtual-reality apartment as a measure of medication management skills in patients with schizophrenia: A pilot study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, in press.

Kurtz, M.M., Seltzer, J.C., Shagan, D.S., Thime W.R., Wexler, B.E. Computer-assisted cognitive remediation in schizophrenia: What is the active ingredient? Schizophrenia Research, in press.

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