The Vinogradov Laboratory

Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota


What is the ROAM Study?


ROAM is a research study being conducted by Sophia Vinogradov, M.D. in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. ROAM is investigating how completely remote computerized cognitive training programs along with PRIME, a mobile platform targeting motivational deficits and reward processing and provides this population with access to motivational coaching and social networks; to help lessen the symptoms from psychosis and improve cognition.


Where is the ROAM Study?


Participants in the study will engage in a computerized based training app using computes remotely, and will be able to complete assessments over the computer too. Participants will be using the mobile platforms, Brain HQ, and PRIME, which PRIME will be on a personal smartphone. The lab is based at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities however, the study will be entirely remote.


Who Can Participate?


Study participants should:


Have a diagnosis of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder,  schizophreniform disorder, psychosis NOS, major depressive disorder with psychotic features, or bipolar disorder with psychotic features.


Be between the ages of 18 and 60 years old


Be in good general health


Have an outpatient status of at least 3 months


Been on stable medication (within the last 30 days)


Use English as their first Language


Have not had a history of severe substance use within the past 3 months


Have access to a computer


Have a personal smartphone device



Why Participate in ROAM?


Although, you may or may not directly benefit from participating in this research, the information that you provide will help health professionals better understand how computerized training might be used in the future to help people with psychosis lessen their symptoms and to learn new thinking skills and problem-solving abilities.


Through your participation in the research study, you could receive up to $330 for participating in the study! You'll be paid $15/hour for the baseline assessments, post intervention assessments, and 6-month follow-up assessments. As well, you will receive $150 over a period of 16 weeks during the cognitive training portion.


Finally, all participants of the study who are randomized to either the treatment or control conditons, will be entered into a weekly lottery. Participants will have a 1 in 5 chance to win $20, and a 1 in 100 chance to win $200. Participants must have trained at least two hours in the previous week to be eligible for the prize. If participants train 4 hours, they will be entered twice into the lottery, and if they train 6 hours, they will be entered 3 times. Participants will be notified by phone if they won, and if they trained enough in the last week to be eligible to receive their prize. Participants who have won will receive their prize payment in the form of a check, and the results will be posted on the PRIME application.



What will happen if I decide to participate?


•Research staff will conduct an eligibility interview and give you some questions about your symptoms and how you are feeling, as well as some computerized tests of your thinking.


•If eligible, you will be assigned by chance to either complete about 2 hrs/week of structured cognitive training plus personalized coaching and social networking via the PRIME app, or about 2 hrs/week of computer games plus personalized coaching and social networking via the PRIME app.


•We ask that you use your personal smartphone device and a computer.


•The research staff will participate in weekly phone calls to follow the progress of participants.


•After 16 weeks of cognitive training, you will complete another round of tests about your symptoms, your thinking, and how you are feeling.


•You will be asked to follow up after for some follow up tests.  


**Remember: All participation will be done completely remotely.



How long will the study take?


If you decide to participate in this study you will be actively involved in the research study intervention for approximately 4 months, along with 2 months of post intervention follow ups, and completing a 6 month follow up assessment.



Contact Information


If you have any questions about the ROAM study, are interested in participating, or know someone whom might be, please give us a call or email at:



                                            Vinogradov Research Lab

                                                      Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota


ROAM - Remote Digital Treatment for Individuals with Psychosis