State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Scientific Council Member (Founding Member)
1998 Distinguished Investigator Grant
Dr. Schooler’s work centers on the long-term course of schizophrenia and its treatment. She is especially interested in the first episode of psychosis, the relationship of psychological and pharmacological treatments and treatment adherence. Schizophrenia-related topics addressed by Dr. Schooler and her colleagues range from adherence to medication using cognitive behavioral therapy-based strategies, clinical trials of medications, long-term relapse prevention using injectable antipsychotic medications and the development of improved assessment instruments for symptoms and social functioning. Earlier in her 40-year career, she led multicenter trials of medication and psychosocial treatments for schizophrenia at the National Institute of Mental Health.
In addition to her studies at SUNY, she conducts research at the Georgetown University School of Medicine; the Veterans Affairs VISN 5 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and the Zucker Hillside Hospital of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System.
Jeffrey Borenstein, M.D., serves as the President & CEO of the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, the largest private funder of mental health research grants. Dr. Borenstein developed the Emmy Award-nominated public television program “Healthy Minds,” and serves as host of the series. The program, which is broadcast nationwide, focuses on topics in psychiatry in order to educate the public, reduce stigma and offer a message of hope. Dr. Borenstein also serves as Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric News, the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association and as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.