COVID-19 and Mental Health (CMH) Initiative: Research

Examining the Efficacy of Evidence-Based Psychosocial Interventions for Schizophrenia-Spectrum Disorders Delivered Through Virtual Care

Key Messages

  • Very little research has been conducted to evaluate evidence-based interventions for schizophrenia delivered through virtual care
  • Cognitive remediation, cognitive behavioural therapy, and family psychoeducation are the only interventions with sufficient studies examining their efficacy for virtual delivery.
  • Cognitive remediation and cognitive behavioural therapies demonstrate preliminary efficacy for delivery through virtual care


  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis
  • Virtual care
  • Psychosocial
  • Treatment


  • Nominated Principal Applicant: Michael W. Best, University of Toronto
  • Michael Grossman, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Christopher Bowie, Queen’s University
  • Linbo Wang, University of Toronto
  • Andrew Cooper, University of Toronto
  • Simone Arbour, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
  • Tim Pauley, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences

For more information, please contact: Michael W. Best,

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