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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  • Journal Article


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