Dr King is a researcher at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre. She is currently completing a study aimed at increasing understanding of the ability of schizophrenia patients and controls to accurately perceive social cues, identify the emotions of a confederate, and attribute intentions to them, and to determine the kinds of neuropsychological abilities that underlie this capacity. As an extension of a recently completed pilot project, she is currently running a study whose goal is to understand the role of putative genetic and environmental etiological factors in determining family EE, illness presentation and outcome in schizophrenia patients. A new 2003 grant is permitting her lab to do the same study in people from the general population with varying degrees of subclinical psychotic symptoms. In addition, subjects from the general community will be matched to schizophrenia patients according to profile of risk factors, and the two groups compared to determine whether they differ in terms of stress reactivity (salivary cortisol) and/or coping strategies. Related to this interest in environmental risk factors for schizophrenia, a longitudinal study of the effects of stress on pregnant women who lived through the January 1998 Ice Storm, and on their babies, is in full swing with follow-up assessments of the children at age 5 years.
suzanne.king [at] douglas.mcgill.ca (Email)