Todd Woodward

Program: Schizophrenia


Contact info

BC Mental Health & Addictions Research Institute in Child and Family Research Institute Building Room 116
3rd Floor, 938 W. 28th Avenue
Vancouver, V5Z 4H4
work phone: 6048752000 ext:4724

Professional Affiliations and other Positions

BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Institute, Research Scientist
Brain Research Centre, UBC, Centre Investigator

Research and Interests

As director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia (CNoS) Laboratory, my research program is focused on two main areas of research: cognitive neuropsychiatry and functional neuroimaging. The objective of my 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. The objectives of my functional neuroimaging research are to gain a functional and anatomical understanding of the cognitive systems involved in psychosis and schizophrenia, and to develop new multivariate methods for analyzing fMRI data, with applications to integrating information from fMRI, EEG and MEG. We provide two applications for download, free of charge. One is called metacognitive training (MCT), which is a group-based program that uses research-based examples to increase awareness of the cognitive biases that may underlie delusions, and training patients to counter these biases. The other is called fMRI-CPCA, which is a multivariate analysis method for imaging networks of brain activity.


Selected Publications



Sanford, N., Woodward T. Functional Delineation of Prefrontal Networks Underlying Working Memory in Schizophrenia: A Cross-data-set Examination. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 2021;33(9):1880–1908


Chinchani A, Menon M, Roes M, et al. Item-specific overlap between hallucinatory experiences and cognition in the general population: A three-step multivariate analysis of international multi-site data. Cortex. 2021;145:133-144.


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


Woodward, T. S., Leong, K, Sanford, N. & Lavigne, K. M., & (2016). Altered Balance of Functional Brain Networks in Schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging. 248, 94-104.


Woodward, T. S., Tipper, C., Leung, A. L., Lavigne, K. M. & Metzak, P. D. (2015). Reduced functional connectivity during controlled semantic integration in schizophrenia: A multivariate approach. Human Brain Mapping, 36, 2948–2964.


Lavigne, K. M., Metzak, P. D. & Woodward, T. S. (2015). Functional brain networks underlying detection and integration of disconfirmatory evidence. NeuroImage, 112, 138-151.


Metzak, P. D., Lavigne, K. M., & Woodward, T. S. (2015). Functional brain networks involved in reality monitoring. Neuropsychologia, 75, 50-60.


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).  Sustained and “sleeper” effects of group metacognitive training for schizophrenia: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA: Psychiatry, 71(10), 1103-1111


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


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). Symptom dimensions of the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales in psychosis: A multi-site study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(S4), S265–S274.


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). Symptom Changes in Five Dimensions of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scales in Refractory Psychosis. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, 264, 673-682.


 Whitman, J. C., Ward, L. M. & Woodward, T. S. (2013). Patterns of cortical oscillations organize neural activity into whole-brain functional networks evident in the fMRI BOLD signal. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(80), 1-4.


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


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

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