General Meeting - Monday, May 20 - 7 p.m. New Hope for Understanding and Treating the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia

Monday, May 20, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

TOPIC: New Hope for Understanding and Treating the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia.

Does your loved one seem unmotivated or uninterested in doing things? Can you tell how your loved one is feeling by the expressions on their face? In this presentation, you will learn more about the research on emotion expression and feelings in schizophrenia which are part of the so-called negative symptoms. I will present research that shows how people with schizophrenia can feel strong emotions even if they don’t express them and how they can enjoy being with other people or working on a project even if they don’t look forward to doing these things. I will also talk about new clinical assessments and treatments for negative symptoms.

SPEAKER: Ann Kring is Professor and Chair in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley where she directs the Emotion and Social Interaction Laboratory ( and is a member of the Institute for Personality and Social Research and an affiliate of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. Her research focuses on emotion and psychopathology, specifically emotional features of schizophrenia, including negative symptoms, decision-making, and the linkage between social motivation and emotion. She has studied emotion and schizophrenia for over 25 years.

She has received numerous awards, including a Young Investigator award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award, and a Distinguished Teaching Award from UC Berkeley. She is past president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and past president of the Society for Affective Science. She has served as Associate or Consulting Editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and Cognition and Emotion, and as a member of the editorial board for Schizophrenia Bulletin, Psychological Clinical Science, and Applied and Preventive Psychology, Emotion, and Journal of Research in Personality. She is co-author of a leading textbook on psychopathology and has published over 100 scholarly papers in the top journals in the field.

LOCATION: San Rafael Corporate Center, 750 Lindaro St., San Rafael, CA 94901 (the building nearest Andersen Dr., between 2nd St. and Andersen Drive). Meeting room is off the lobby. Free parking lot (after 6pm) on west side of street.

This is a no fee event, open to the general public.