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Todd Woodward

Primary Area of Research:
Brain, Behaviour & Development
Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

B.Sc., MA, Ph.D.
Phone:604-875-2000 ext. 4724
Mailing Address:
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
Room 116, 3rd Floor
938 W. 28th Avenue
Vancouver, V5Z 4H4

Research Areas

  • Schizophrenia

  • Functional neuroimaging

  • Cognitive psychology

  • Cognitive Neuropsychology

  • Delusions

  • Hallucinations

  • Memory

  • Reasoning

About Dr. Woodward

The objective of my research program is to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the functional brain networks that underlie the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. Three lines of research are being pursued.

First, the cognitive correlates of the symptoms of psychosis are being explored by way of originally designed cognitive paradigms assessing specific aspects of memory and reasoning. Translation of these results back to people with schizophrenia in a group setting have led to a promising treatment program called metacognitive training (MCT). Second, functional neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, MEG) is being utilized to identify the neural underpinnings of these cognitive functions, and how their dysfunction manifests as the symptoms of psychosis, and how they are affected by MCT. Finally, software is being developed for multivariate analysis of functional neuroimaging data (fMRI-CPCA and MEG-CPCA).

Current Projects

Functional Neuroimaging

The objectives of our functional neuroimaging research are (1) to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the cognitive systems involved in psychosis and schizophrenia, and (2) to develop new multivariate methods for analyzing fMRI data, with applications to integrating information from fMRI, EEG and MEG..

Cognitive Neuropsychiatry 

The objective of our cognitive neuropsychiatry research is to identify the cognitive operations underlying the primary symptoms of psychosis and schizophrenia. This is being explored by way of originally designed cognitive paradigms for memory confidence, source monitoring, reasoning, and semantic association.

Recent Publications

Selected Publications
Interaction of language, auditory and memory brain networks in auditory verbal hallucinations Curčić-Blake, B., Ford, J., Hubl, D., Orlov, N., Sommer, I., Waters, F., Allen, P., Jardri, R., Woodruff, P. W., Olivier, D., Mulert, C., Woodward, T. S., & Aleman, A. (2016). . Progress in Neurobiology. PMID: 27890810

Impairment in subcortical suppression in schizophrenia: Evidence from the fBIRN oddball task. Lavigne, K., Menon, M. & Woodward, T. S. (2016).  Human Brain Mapping, 37, 4640-4653. PMID: 27477494

Acceptance of evidence-supported hypotheses generates a stronger signal from an underlying functionally-connected network. Whitman, J. C., Takane, Y., Cheung, T., Moiseev, A., Ribary, U., Ward, L. M., & Woodward, T. S. (2016).  NeuroImage, 127, 215-226. PMID: 2670277

Altered balance of functional brain networks in schizophrenia. Woodward, T. S., Leong, K, Sanford, N. Tipper, C. M. & Lavigne, K. M., & (2016).  Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging. 248, 94-104. PMID: 26786152

Is metacognitive training for Psychosis effective? Moritz, S., Woodward, T. S., & Balzan, R. (2016). Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 16(2), 105-7. PMID: 26694013

Left-dominant temporal-frontal hypercoupling in schizophrenia patients with hallucinations during speech perception. Lavigne, K. M., Rapin, L. A., Metzak, P. D., Whitman, J. C., Jung, K. & Dohen, M., Lœvenbruck, H. & Woodward, T. S. (2015). Schizophrenia Bulletin, 41(1): 259-267. PMID: 24553150

 Sustained and “sleeper” effects of group metacognitive training for schizophrenia: A randomized clinical trial. Moritz, S., Veckenstedt, R., Bohn, F., Hottenrott, B., Andreou, C., Leighton, L., Köther, U., Woodward, T. S., Treszl, A., Menon, M., Viertel, B., Pfueller, U., & Roesch-Ely, D. (2014).  JAMA: Psychiatry, 71(10), 1103-1111. PMID: 25103718

Symptom dimensions of the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales in psychosis: A multi-site study. Woodward, T. S., Jung, K., Hwang, H., Yin, J., Taylor, L., Menon, M., Peters, E., Kuipers, E., Waters, F., Lecomte, T., Sommer, I., Daalman, K., van Lutterveld, R., Hubl, D., Kindler, J., Homan, P., Badcock, J. C., Chhabra, S., Cella, M., Keedy, S., Allen, P., Mechelli, A., Preti, A., Siddi, S. & Erickson, D. (2014). Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(S4), S265–S274. PMID: 24936086

Symptom Changes in Five Dimensions of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scales in Refractory Psychosis. Woodward, T. S., Jung, K., Smith, G., Hwang, H., Barr, A. M.,  Procyshyn, R. M., Flynn, S., van der Gaag, M., & Honer, W. G. (2014).  European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 264, 673-682. PMID: 24126470

 Impaired Integration of Disambiguating Evidence in Delusional Schizophrenia Patients. Sanford, N., Veckenstedt,R., Moritz, S., Balzan, R., & Woodward, T. S. (2014).Psychological Medicine, 44(13), 2729-2738. PMID: 25065271

 Complementary Group Metacognitive Training (MCT) reduces delusional ideation in schizophrenia. Moritz, S., Veckenstedt, R., Bohn, F., Hottenrott, B., Scheu, F., Randjbar, S., Aghotor, J., Köther, U., Woodward, T. S., Treszl, A., Andreou, C., Pfueller, U., & Roesch-Ely, D. (2013). Schizophrenia Research, 151, 61-69. PMID: 24183707

Neonatal pain-related stress predicts cortical thickness at age 7 years in children born very preterm. Ranger, M., Chau, C. M., Garg, A., Woodward, T. S., Beg, M. F, Bjornson, B., Poskitt, K., Fitzpatrick, K., Synnes, A. R., Miller, S. P., Grunau, R. E. (2013).  PLOS ONE, 8(10), e76702. PMID: 24204657

Change in jumping to conclusions linked to change in delusions in early psychosis. Sanford, N., Woodward, T. S., Lecomte, T., Leclerc, C. & Wykes, T. (2013).  Schizophrenia Research, 147, 207-208. PMID: 23561297

Functional connectivity in a frontoparietal network involving the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex underlies decisions to accept a hypothesis. Whitman, J. C., Metzak, P. D., Lavigne, K. & Woodward, T. S. (2013).  Neuropsychologia, 51(6), 1132-1141. PMID: 23474076

Epoch-specific functional networks involved in working memory. Woodward, T. S., Feredoes, E., Metzak, P. D., Takane, Y. & Manoach, D. S. (2013).  Neuroimage, 65: 529-539. PMID: 23041527

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