Jessica Wojtalik




Jessica Wojtalik received her BS in psychology from Slippery Rock University and her direct practice MSW from the University of Pittsburgh. She is interested in research examining and improving psychosocial and cognitive interventions for individuals with schizophrenia and other severe mental illnesses through the lens of translational social work and neuroscience research. Specifically, Wojtalik is interested in investigating the neurobiological underpinnings of cognitive impairment and functional outcomes in these disorders by understanding how these mechanisms contribute to pathophysiology of the illness.


Selected Publications

Wojtalik, J.A., Barch, D.M. (2014). An fMRI study of the influence of a history of substance abuse on working memory related brain activation in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 5(1). doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2014.00001

Eack, S.M., Wojtalik, J.A., Newhill, C.E., Keshavan, M.S., Phillips, M.L. (2013). Prefrontal cortical dysfunction during visual perspective-taking in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 150 (2-3), 491-497.

Wojtalik, J.A., Eack, S.M., Keshavan, M.S. (2013). Structural neurobiological correlates of Mayer-Salovery-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test performance in early course schizophrenia. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 40(10), 207-212.

Wojtalik, J.A., Eack, S.M., Pollock, B.G., Keshavan, M.S. (2012). Prefrontal gray matter morphology mediates the association between serum anticholinergicity and cognitive functioning in early course schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 204(2-3), 61-67.

Keshavan, M.S., Eack, S.M., Wojtalik, J.A., Prasad, K.M., Francs, A.N., Bhojraj, T.S., Greenwald, D. P., Hogarty, S. S. (2011). A broad cortical reserve accelerates response to cognitive enhancement therapy in early course schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 130(1), 123-129.