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First 'Full Professor Lecture' Focuses on Winter Blues

The fall semester's Full Professor Lecture Series in the College of Arts and Sciences opens with Kelly Rohan, professor of psychology, speaking on a timely topic as the days grow shorter: "Thinking Outside the Light Box: New Ways to Treat and Prevent the Winter Blues." The lecture will take place Thursday, Sept. 12 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building.

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.

The lecture series gives newly promoted UVM faculty an opportunity to share with the university community a single piece of research or overview of research trajectory meant to capture the spark of intellectual excitement that has resulted in their achieving full professor rank. 

Information: (802) 656-0756.