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.


Current Research Support

F31 MH113277          Wojtalik (PI)             01/01/2018 – 11/30/2019                               


Project Title: Functional Significance of Structural Brain Change During Cognitive Remediation in Early Schizophrenia  

The purpose of this project is to conduct the first study of the degree to which structural gray matter brain alterations associated with cognitive remediation treatment are beneficial for functional outcome improvement in individuals with early course schizophrenia. The identification of neural targets and treatment biomarkers of improved daily living and functioning in people with schizophrenia will provide vital information needed to enhance the effectiveness of psychosocial/cognitive treatments for improving functional recovery.

Selected Publications

Wojtalik, J.A., Eack, S.M. (in press). Cognitive Enhancement Therapy improves social relationships quality of life among individuals with schizophrenia misusing substances. Social Work Research.

Wojtalik, J.A., Eack, S.M., Smith, M.J. Keshavan, M.S. (in press). Using cognitive neuroscience to improve mental health treatment: A comprehensive review. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. [Special Section on Neuroscience and Social Work].

Eack, S.M., Wojtalik, J.A., Keshavan, M.S., & Minshew, N.J. (2017). Social-cognitive brain function and connectivity during visual perspective-taking in autism and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 183, 102-109. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.03.009

Wojtalik, J.A., Smith, M.J., Keshavan, M.S., Eack, S.M. (2017). A systematic and meta-analytic review of neural correlates of functional outcome in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43(6), 1329-1347. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbx008

Wojtalik, J.A., Hogarty, S.S., Cornelius, J.R., Phillips, M.L., Keshavan, M.S., Newhill, C.E., Eack, S.M., (2016). Cognitive Enhancement Therapy improves fronto-limbic regulation of emotion in alcohol and/or cannabis misusing schizophrenia: A preliminary study. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 6, 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00186

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. doi: 10.1016/j.pnpbp.2012.09.013