james wade

Keywords: pain, brain, neuropsychology

Biography

After obtaining my PhD in clinical psychology from the Chicago Medical School, I completed a clinical neuropsychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. I subsequently joined the faculty at Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia in 1984. I am currently a professor of psychiatry with joint appointments in the departments of neurology and anesthesiology. I was awarded the Diplomate in clinical neuropsychology in 1992. Over past last 30 years only 7 psychologists in the state of Virginia have passed this exam. My research program began with an interest examining the neuropsychological concomitants of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Working with patients on long-term and intermediate care wards I was shocked by the number of patients suffering from severe forms of tardive dyskinesia. I reasoned that dopaminergic changes associated with antipsychotic treatment in these patients would result in higher cortical dysfunction a