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[October 22, 2015]

Dr. Nina Schooler Discusses New Schizophrenia Treatment Recommendations on National Public Radio


Brooklyn, NY – Nina Schooler PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, recently discussed new treatment recommendations for persons diagnosed with first episode schizophrenia with National Public Radio’s Ari Shapiro.

Dr. Schooler notes that the new approach requires a “treatment team” and that talking therapies are combined with low-dose medication. Previous treatment methods relied much more heavily on high doses of powerful drugs. 

The recommendations were detailed in an article in The American Journal of Psychiatry of which Dr. Schooler was a co-author, and which was based on a major U.S. government-funded study.

Dr. Schooler’s interview, which was broadcast on the program, “All Things Considered,” may be accessed here: .

An abstract of the article in The American Journal of Psychiatry is available here: .



SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks twelfth nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.