Dr. Ileana Berman

Throughout her 30+ year career in Cognitive Science, Ileana Berman’s work has largely focused on drawing connections between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Schizophrenia. Her work has earned her great recognition, including the Young Investigator Award.

Dr. Ileana Berman is a Romanian-born Cognitive Science Researcher.  She currently conducts research in the northeastern United States, in collaboration with Brockton VA.  Her findings have earned her the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia & Depression (NARSAD).  Throughout her career, Berman’s research has focused primarily on drawing connections between Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Schizophrenia.  Specifically, her work and findings suggest that there are numerous connections between the two cognitive disorders. Through different trials and investigations, Dr. Berman hopes to establish a subtype of Schizophrenia that entails Obsessive Compulsive symptoms.  By establishing said subtype, she believes that patients suffering from such a condition will have better opportunities for cognitive care


In collaboration with her colleagues, Dr. Berman has contributed to various publications regarding her research in cognitive science.  Educationally relevant publications include:

  • Treating Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in Schizophrenia (1989)
  • Sertraline:  A New Serotonergic Antidepressant (1992)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in Schizophrenia:  Are They Manifestations of a Distinct Subclass of Schizophrenia? (1997)
  • Cognitive Effects of Psychopharmacological Agents in Schizophrenia (1999)
  • Cognitive Effect of Risperidone and Haloperidol in Elderly Schizophrenic Patients (1995)
  • Obsessions and Compulsions in Schizophrenia (1990)

Current Research Activities

Ginkgo Biloba Plant
Ginkgo Biloba Plant

Currently, Dr. Berman is conducting NARSAD-sponsored research on the use of Ginkgo Biloba Extract (GBE) and Naltrexone in Schizophrenic patients.  Dr. Berman’s findings are in the data analysis stage. She looks forward to preparing manuscripts for publication so that she can go public with her findings and results.  Ultimately, Berman hopes to establish a subtype of Schizophrenia that takes into account various Obsessive Compulsive symptoms experienced by patients. She also hopes to contribute to discussion on new and improved medications for these individuals.

Overlapping Symptoms

Obsessive Compulsive Schizophrenia Subtype

Over the course of her career in Cognitive Science Research, Ileana Berman has heightened her focus on two particular conditions:  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Schizophrenia.  The plethora of peer-reviewed publications she has contributed to demonstrate her decades of research on these two unique cognitive conditions.  But, as Berman’s deep diving research aims to suggest, the two aren’t so unique afterall.  At least, not always — and not in contrast to each other.

According to her own research, Dr. Ileana Berman has formulated a hypothesis on the direct connection between OCD and Schizophrenia.  This research, presently, is largely symptom based.  In the future, Berman hopes to magnify that focus tenfold.  Through direct observation and focused research studies, she has already established convincing connections between the conditions.  With more focused attention to the connection, there’s much to be explored by Berman and her fellow cognitive science researchers. 

The overall purpose of this research is to ultimately establish a unique subtype of schizophrenia wherein the individual experiences a high volume of symptoms most commonly faced by those with OCD. Dr. Berman believes that heightened understanding in such an area could lead to truly revolutionary advancements in the way patients are treated for their cognitive conditions.



Symptoms of Schizophrenia 

Despite the fact that people have been talking more about mental health in recent years, schizophrenia is still not a well understood condition. Usually symptoms will begin in the teenage years, and can be difficult to identity during that time. People can have episodes of…


Don’t say this to people with OCD: 

Have you ever heard anyone say “I’m so OCD.”? Many people have this notion of what OCD looks like – usually someone who cleans a lot and has to have everything a certain way. OCD, however, is a complex disorder, and it effects people differently….


Stress Reducing Activities 

Stress is a part of everyday life, but we need to take steps to ensure that our stress doesn’t become unmanageable. If you have certain conditions, such as OCD, stress can exacerbate your symptoms. You can’t always control things in your life, but there are…

Cognitive Science

Best Colleges & Universities for Cognitive Science Majors 

Considering a career as a researcher or mental health professional? These colleges and universities have the best cognitive science programs for undergraduate students! Dr. Ileana Berman shares schools to consider in your search for your cognitive science dream school: Columbia University It goes without saying…

Schizophrenia Research

Can you inherit schizophrenia from a family member? 

Dr. Ileana Berman, cognitive researcher, discusses how genetic predisposition can impact an individual’s likelihood of developing schizophrenia: The simple answer to ‘is schizophrenia hereditary?’ is simple: Yes.  Years of confirmed research suggest that yes, you can inherit schizophrenia from a family member.  But it’s not…

Schizophrenia Research, Stress

Inside Schizophrenia Podcast: Traveling 

In the latest installment of Inside Schizophrenia, the PsychCentral podcast discusses traveling with schizophrenia. Dr. Ileana Berman shares her thoughts on the episode: In this episode of Inside Schizophrenia, Laura Motta and Gabe Howard discuss how traveling is experienced by individuals with schizophrenia.  An often…


How Studying Math Complements Cognitive Development 

Dr. Ileana Berman shares critical insight on a recent study out of University of Oxford. The research points to the impact an education in math has on the adolescent brain. According to research conducted by University of Oxford, math is key in cognitive development.  In…


American Board of Neurology’s Mission Statement 

Dr. Ileana Berman has maintained membership in the American Board of Neurology (ABPN) since 1991. Berman outlines what the ABPN, as well as its certified members, stand for: A focus on establishing the field standard, and accompanying requirements, for what constitutes the issuing of initial…

Cognitive Science

This Artificial Intelligence ‘gets’ sarcasm 

Thanks to research at the University of Central Florida, a sarcastic AI is in the works… Sort of.  This new artificial intelligence (AI) is capable of detecting sarcasm, as displayed in social media posts.  Equipped with sentiment analysis, the automated tool is able to identify…