Cognitive and psychological improvements following CogSMART in veterans with mental health diagnoses

Katherine E. Dorociak, John P.K. Bernstein, Sarah E. Baumgartner, Adriana M. Hughes, Kevin Duff, Gregory J. Lamberty, Torricia H. Yamada

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INTRODUCTION: The present study examined the efficacy of a CogSMART-based program in improving cognitive and emotional functioning in a clinic-based sample of Veterans presenting with cognitive concerns and history of mental health diagnoses.

METHOD: Forty Veterans ( M age = 61.2 years, 85% male) completed a weekly CogSMART-based group program as well as a battery of neuropsychological and psychological measures at both pre- and post-group evaluations. Participants met DSM-5 criteria for at least one mental health diagnosis.

RESULTS: Significant improvements on global cognition as well as measures of learning/memory and attention were observed from pre- to post-group ( p < .05, cohen's d range = .48-1.01). As many as 33.3% of participants showed significant improvement, depending on the cognitive domain. Significant overall improvements were observed in depression symptoms and life satisfaction ( p < .01, cohen's d = .67 and .59, respectively). Over one-third of the sample demonstrated a reliable improvement in depressive symptoms, 25% in anxiety symptoms, and 18% in life satisfaction.

CONCLUSIONS: Among individuals with mental health diagnosis but without major neurocognitive disorders, CogSMART-based interventions may be an effective treatment for improving aspects of cognition, depression, and life satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Neuropsychology:Adult
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

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  • Cognition
  • cognitive rehabilitation
  • mental health
  • reliable change
  • veterans


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