Understanding and Treating Schizophrenia: Contemporary Research, Theory, and Practice is described in its first paragraph as an effort to present a balanced critical overview of current research and theoretical perspectives on schizophrenia. In the preface, author Glenn D. Shean, Ph.D., compares the effort to describe schizophrenia by using a single modality of analysis to the attempts of the five proverbial blind men who encounter an elephant. Each man gives a description of only part of the elephant, which is correct but quite different from the description given by the others, and none are comprehensive. Dr. Shean, an extensively published research psychologist and professor of psychology at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, holds that researchers often look at very different portions of the picture of schizophrenia and may describe only small pieces, sometimes providing information that is simply inaccurate. Dr. Shean goes on to say that this book is an effort to summarize the work and ideas of each group involved in the study and treatment of schizophrenia.