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The College of Arts and Sciences

2013-2014 Full Professor Lecture Series presents Professor Kelly Rohan

The College of Arts and Sciences invites you to the 2013-2014 Full Professor Lecture Series.  The first lecture in the fall series will be given by Kelly Rohan, Professor of Psychology, on Thursday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m. in the Waterman Memorial Lounge.

"Thinking Outside the Light Box: New Ways to Treat and Prevent the Winter Blues"

Central dogma in the field of winter depression has previously viewed seasonal affective disorder (SAD) as a purely biological subtype of depression.  Professor Rohan's research suggests that psychological models and treatments for depression are relevant to SAD.  She will explain how thoughts and behaviors play a role in triggering the winter blues and how a form of psychotherapy called cognitive-behavioral therapy can effectively treat and even prevent SAD episodes.  She will also present new data from her clinical trial comparing light therapy to cognitive-behavioral therapy in adults with SAD. 

Kelly Rohan has been a faculty member at the University of Vermont since 2005.  Her primary research interests are the psychopathology and treatment of adult mood disorders.  She is the director of the clinical psychology graduate program and a licensed psychologist in Vermont.  Her books include Coping with the Seasons:  A Cognitive Behavioral Approach to Seasonal Affective Disorder, Therapist Guide (Oxford University Press, 2008).  She is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters. 

Information:  656-3166

A recording of the lecture will be made available at the online media blog and eventually at the College of Arts and Sciences website.