The purpose of this study is to determine if using a tablet computer, which is a very small, easy-to-carry computer, to practice thinking exercises at home will help improve your attention, memory, and problem solving abilities. All the participants will receive training in the thinking skills for work program. But in order to determine the effect of tablet use for home practice, half of the participants will be given a tablet to practice the thinking exercises at home. All participants will be receiving vocational rehabilitation and have a goal of getting a job.



Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

age 18 years or older; severe mental illness based on New York State Office of Mental Health criteria; not competitively employed but want to work; enrolled in vocational rehabilitation at Brooklyn Community Services; fluent in English.

Exclusion Criteria

prior receipt of more than 3 sessions of Thinking Skills for Work (TSW) Cognitive Remediation; medical disorder with known effects on cognitive functioning; inability to give informed consent.

Study Design

Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
TSW-HP Intervention implemented by a cognitive specialist over a 6-month treatment period which includes 24 hours (1 hour per week) of facilitated cognitive exercise sessions, which will be supplemented by approximately 24 hours of home practice sessions on a tablet computer.
  • Behavioral: TSW-HP
    TSW-HP involves home practice of cognitive exercises along with the training sessions facilitated by the cognitive specialist at the agency.
Active Comparator
Participants assigned to traditional TSW will receive the usual TSW program, which includes a one hour cognitive exercise practice session per week at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS) for 6 months. This group will not receive home based cognitive practice exercises.
  • Behavioral: TSW-T
    Participants assigned to traditional TSW will receive the usual TSW program which includes a one hour session per week at BCS for 6 months. This group will not receive home based cognitive practice exercises

Recruiting Locations

More Details

Boston University Charles River Campus

Study Contact

Susan R McGurk, PhD
617- 353-3549

Detailed Description

The Thinking Skills for Work (TSW) program has been shown to improve cognitive functioning and work in multiple studies in a variety of vocational programs. TSW includes agency-based, computer cognitive practice facilitated by a cognitive specialist, and teaching of compensatory strategies to manage cognitive challenges, which are integrated with vocational services. Supplementing agency-based practice with home practice on a tablet addresses the need and desire for more cognitive practice, which is expected to further improve cognitive and work outcomes. This randomized controlled trial will evaluate the impact of supplementing the traditional TSW cognitive practice with home based practice of cognitive exercises using a tablet.. Fifty clients enrolled in vocational services at Brooklyn Community Services will be recruited and randomized either to TSW-Home Practice (N=25) or traditional TSW (N=25). All the participants will be assessed at baseline, 6 months and 12 months on cognitive functioning and symptoms; work activity will be tracked for 12 months; program satisfaction will be assessed at 6 and 12 months. The study will establish the efficacy of using home practice on a tablet to increase the number of computer cognitive practice exercises completed by clients. Study hypotheses: 1) Individuals assigned to TSW HP will complete more cognitive practice sessions using COGPACK software than those assigned to traditional TSW; 2) Individuals who are exposed to TSW HP (i.e., complete 6 or more cognitive practice sessions) will complete more practice sessions than those who are exposed to traditional TSW; 3) Individuals assigned to TSW - HP will show greater improvements in cognitive functioning at post treatment and follow up than those assigned to traditional TSW; 4) Individuals assigned to TSW - HP will show greater improvements in work related outcomes (number of job interviews, % obtaining competitive work, weeks worked, wages earned) at post-treatment and follow up than those assigned to traditional TSW.


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