Cognition in early schizophrenia: what is preserved?
Professor Joyce obtained her first degree, PhD and medical degree from the University of Cambridge. She trained in psychiatry at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals and spent several years as a research worker at the Institute of Psychiatry, where she was a Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Mental Health, and the USA National Institutes of Health. Before moving to UCL/UCLH, she was Professor of Neuropsychiatry at Imperial College London.
Eileen’s work has focused on cognitive, brain structural and functional abnormalities in the early stages of schizophrenia, and how these impact on clinical features and social outcome. The aim has been to characterise patient cognitive subtypes and how they predict outcomes several years later. This knowledge is now being used in a research programme studying the best way to introduce cognitive remediation into NHS early intervention services.
She is also studying deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of severe OCD and whether DBS modifies the abnormal cognitive and neurophysiological underpinning of this disorder.