Melissa Tarasenko, Ph.D. receives the Jared Purton Schizophrenia Research Pilot Grant Award.

Melissa Tarasenko, Ph.D.Melissa Tarasenko, Ph.D., third year fellow in the VA San Diego/UCSD Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Postdoctoral Fellowship, was selected to receive the Jared Purton Schizophrenia Research Pilot Grant Award. This award supports innovative clinical research leading to improved long-term functional outcome of patients with chronic psychotic mental disorders, and will fund Dr. Tarasenko’s project, “Predictive Biomarkers of Long-Term Cognitive Improvements from Targeted Cognitive Training in Schizophrenia.” The project will be completed under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Light, Professor of Psychiatry.