Social cognition in youth who have a first degree relative with schizophrenia

We are looking for participants to help us better understand social cognition in people who have a first-degree relative (sibling or parent) with schizophrenia. Read the participation requirements below to see if you are eligible to participate. If you are interested in participating, please reach out to our lab:

Age range

15-25 years old


Male and female

Individuals are eligible if they:

  • Are between (or equal to) 15-25 years of age
  • Able to read/speak fluent English 
  • A diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder or schizophreniform has been confirmed for their first degree relative 

Individuals are not eligible if they have a:

  • Diagnosis of mental health disorder
  • Significant neurological or medical disorders that may produce cognitive impairment
  • Current epilepsy or previous history of seizures
  • Previous head injury with current continuing symptoms (i.e., cognitive ability, dizziness, etc.)
  • Recent history of substance abuse or dependence (within past 3 months)
  • MRI contraindication (e.g., metallic head implant, history of seizure, pacemaker, pregnancy, etc.)
  • Current IQ < 70 as measured by the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence Scale (WASI)
  • Endocrine or immune disorder 
  • Taking steroid medication or anti-inflammatories daily (if taking Advil or over the counter anti-inflammatories, they will be asked if they can take them after their visit on the day of the cortisol sampling)
  • Heavy/frequency cigarette smokers


The Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research, affiliated with the University of Ottawa
1145 Carling Ave, Ottawa, ON

Recruitment Via

  • Self-Referral (by participant) - please contact us.

Principal Investigators

Synthia Guimond, PhD