Joseph Ventura, PhD
Director of the Functional Outcome and Symptom Assessment Core of the UCLA
Joseph Ventura, PhD, is a member of the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Faculty, the Director of the Functional Outcome and Symptom Assessment Core of the UCLA Center for Cognition and Emotion in Schizophrenia, and the Director of the Cognitive Remediation program at the UCLA Aftercare Research Program. Dr. Ventura has obtained research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia (NARSAD), and the pharmaceutical industry to study diagnostic and symptom assessment, longitudinal course, and functional outcomes in schizophrenia. His published research has concentrated on cognitive remediation training, predictors of course and functional outcome in first episode schizophrenia patients, including stressful life events, positive and negative symptoms, disorganization, insight, and neurocognition. Areas of recent interest include factors that are associated with recovery from schizophrenia, biomarkers, social cognition, and
the development of interview-based assessments of cognitive functioning. Dr Ventura played a major role in the development and publication of methods for standardizing diagnostic and psychiatric symptom assessment training and quality assurance. His work has set standards for achieving and maintaining high levels of interrater reliability aimed at preventing ‘rater drift.’ His latest project for which he has received support from Fullbright Scholar program US involves the development of an early intervention program for CHR individuals in Tunisia, North Africa.