Keith Nuechterlein, PhD, a Psychologist with UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Get to know Psychologist Dr. Keith Nuechterlein, who serves patients in Los Angeles, California.

Licensed psychologist, Dr. Nuechterlein, serves as a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Alongside his academic role, he serves as the Director of the Aftercare Program, a research clinic devoted to the research and treatment of patients with schizophrenia, at UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in Los Angeles, California. He also served as the Director of UCLA Center for Neurocognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia, a multidisciplinary institute devoted to the study of human behavior and mental disorders, located within the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.

The doctor’s expertise focuses on cognitive deficits in schizophrenia, their role as genetic vulnerability factors, their connections to functional outcome, and their remediation. His ongoing research on the early course of schizophrenia examines the influence of cognitive deficits in the early course of first-episode patients, with an emphasis on treatments that improve cognition and occupational and educational outcome. 

In addition to having received numerous research grants from NIMH and other sources, Dr. Nuechterlein has served as the Co-Chair of the Neurocognition Committee for the NIMH-funded initiative, Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS). This group guided the development of the MATRICS Consensus Cognitive Battery, a standardized outcome measure for clinical trials to assess the impact of new interventions on core cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. 

Pertaining to his educational background, Dr. Nuechterlein received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 1970 and his Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1978. 

Listed among the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited researchers for psychology/psychiatry, he is the author of over 300 journal articles. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and Schizophrenia Bulletin, and is currently serving on the editorial board of Psychological Medicine.

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind. It includes the study of conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. Psychologists assess, diagnose, and treat psychological problems and behavioral dysfunctions related to physical and mental health. In addition, they play a major role in the promotion of healthy behavior, preventing diseases and improving patients’ quality of life.

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