Review of dissertation The Genetics of Schizophrenia: Possible Uses and Outcomes of Testing by Lisa Karger



At the time of the release of this publication in 2013 its author Lisa Karger was a private undergraduate student of Sarah Lawrence College (New York, United States) and specialized in "human genetics". The publication highlighted the empirical part of the thesis, namely, an experiment carried out within the framework of the Human Genetics Program, supported by the Grant Special Interest Group (SIG)-Prenatal SIG + SIG-Psychiatric from the national professional society in the field of genetic psychiatry NCGC (National Society of Genetic Counselors). Referring to the professionals of this community, the author explains: ".. I study the possibility of clinical genetic testing of patients with schizophrenia in finding the drivers for such testing ... I've prepared a 20-minute questionnaire to discuss your current work and your point of view on this issue, ... in order to assess the selected positions from the point of view of clinical perspectives". Description of the experiment and its results is accompanied by in-depth analysis of various aspects of the problem of genetic testing and the treatment (psychotherapeutic support) of persons with diagnosed schizophrenia and persons at risk of the disease.

General Information

Keywords: schizophrenia, heritability, predisposition, the diagnostic panel, pre-ventive maintenance, psychosocial aspect, risks.

Journal rubric: Presentation of Scientific Works

Article type: review article

For citation: Florova N.B. Review of dissertation The Genetics of Schizophrenia: Possible Uses and Outcomes of Testing by Lisa Karger [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2015. Vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 109–122. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


  1. Karger L. The genetics of schizophrenia: Possible uses and outcomes of testing. [Электронный ресурс]. Sarah Lawrence College. ProQuest, Dissertations and Theses, 2013. 55 p. URL: (дата обращения: 15.03.2014).

Information About the Authors

Nina B. Florova, PhD in Biology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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