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Understanding vocation in patients with first episode psychosis.

A/Professor Sue Cotton

Unemployment is prevalent and debilitating among young people with first episode psychosis (FEP). Vocation intervention programs have been increasing in popularity for patients experiencing their first episode of psychosis. In order to effectively target interventions it is important to understand the characteristics of FEP patients who are either unemployed or not studying at service entry. It is also important to identify predictors of changes in vocational status over treatment course. Medical file audit methodology was employed to collect information on 659 patients with first episode psychosis treated at the Early Psychosis Prevention and Intervention Centre (EPPIC), Melbourne, Australia.  

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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A/Professor Sue Cotton

A/Prof Sue Cotton is a Principal Research Fellow in the Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne.  She is a psychologist and senior biostatistician in the Statistics Unit at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre.  Her work involves the integration of the fields of biostatistics, clinical research methodology, psychology, and psychiatric research. Findings from her research activities have contributed to the scientific literature and reflect her areas of strength in these fields. Sue has completed a number of degrees including a BBSc(Honours), GradDipAppSc (Statistics), and a MAppSci (Statistics). In 2006, she completed a PhD with her thesis focusing on conceptual and methodological issues in the diagnosis of developmental dyslexia. Concurrently to her Ph.D. studies, she completed the clinical training of the MPsych (Clinical Neuropsychology) program. She has been employed in various research positions in academic, allied health and mental health settings. She has been involved in studies on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, sleep and behaviour problems in children with developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disorders.

Co-authors: M. Lambert, B.G Schimmelmann, D Foley, C Phassouliotis, V Rayner, P.D. McGorry & P Conus
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