Introducing the Psychosis-risk Intervention, Education, and Research (PIER) Program!

The PIER program is a comprehensive clinical research center addressing the mental health needs of those aged 12-45 who are experiencing unusual changes in their mood, thoughts, perception, and/or behavior. 

Our services include free risk assessment, clinical research evaluation, psychoeducation (for family and individuals), psychiatric referral to UIHC or community resources, opportunities to participate in research studies, and longitudinal monitoring of symptoms. 

To learn more about PIER please visit our website!

New Research Program of Excellence from the Iowa Neuroscience Institute!

We are delighted to announce that we will be joining Drs. Krystal Parker, Marie Gaine, Aislinn Williams, and Bengi Baran to carry out a three-year Research Program of Excellence at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute focused on schizophrenia! Funding for this program is provided by the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust

This team carries on the legacy of Nancy Andreasen, MD, PhD, in schizophrenia research with plans for collaborative, highly translational research to elucidate cerebellar mechanisms that contribute to schizophrenia pathophysiology, and to further develop cerebellar-targeted therapies. The researchers have already established a robust working group comprising cutting-edge brain imaging, electrophysiology, genetic and epigenetic research, circuit level mechanistic rodent studies, and neuromodulation-based therapy development. Together, they will push the boundaries of their individual labs, investigating the genetic and epigenetic factors that influence abnormalities including sleep oscillations and cognitive deficits.


Join us at the Johnson County NAMI Walk on Saturday May 7!

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI; is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization, and it is dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI provides critical support, education, and advocacy services to individuals with mental illness and their families.

Please join our fundraising efforts for the 2022 NAMI Walk, scheduled Saturday May 7 at Terry Trueblood Park (10am start time)!  



Congratulations to Sarah for presenting her poster "Social Cognition in College Students: Associations with Schizotypal Characteristics and Socio-Emotional Functioning" at the UIowa Spring Undergraduate Research Festival (SURF)!

Graduate student fellowship announcement!

Congratulations to Tess, who will receive predoctoral fellowship support through the Behavioral-Biomedical Interface Training Program (BBIP) NIGMS T32 program! 

Undergraduate research program announcement!

Congratulations to Preston, who has been invited to participate in the UIowa Summer Undergraduate Medical Scientist Training Research (SUMR) Program!

New Visionary Grant from the American Psychological Foundation!

We are delighted to announce a newly funded collaborative research project between Drs. Amanda McCleery (UIowa, MAYPL), Kyle Minor (IUPUI, CLASP Lab, and Katy Thakkar (MSU , Clinical Neuroscience Lab,!

Congratulations to Drs. McCleery, Minor, and Thakkar for receiving a 2021 APF Visionary grant for the project, "Promoting Resilience and Well-Being in a Psychosis Prone Population: Identifying Protective Factors in Daily Life". @uiowa @IUPUI @katythakkar1 @michiganstateu

— American Psychological Foundation (@AmPsychFdn) January 10, 2022

Our paper on the socioeconomic challenges faced by Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic is now in press

McCleery, A., Wynn, J. K., Novacek, D., Reavis, E. A., Tsai, J., & Green, M. F. (2021). Socioeconomic challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic for Veterans with psychosis or recent homelessness. Health & Social Care in the Community, 00, 1–10


Congratulations to Preston for presenting his poster "Examining the Effects of Mood and Anxiety on Functional Outcomes in Schizotypy" at the UIowa Fall Undergraduate Research Festival (FURF)!

Our paper on the clinical and functional impact of the COVID-19 pandemic for Veterans is now in press

Wynn, J. K., McCleery, A., Novacek, D., Reavis, E. A., Tsai, J., & Green, M. F. (2021). Clinical and functional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing on vulnerable veterans with psychosis or recent homelessness. J Psychiat Res 138, 42-49

Undergraduate student fellowship announcement!

Congratulations to Preston, who was awarded a 2021-2022 Latham Science Engagement Fellowship at UIowa!