Professor, Director of Clinical Training Program

Research and/or Creative Works

My primary research interests are the psychopathology and treatment of adult mood disorders, including:

  • cognitive-behavioral models of depression onset, maintenance, and recurrence.
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression.
  • subtypes of recurrent depression including seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and menstrual distress.
  • secondary research interests in the role of the menstrual cycle in the onset and maintenance of anxiety in women.
  • Rohan Laboratory.

The Rohan Laboratory is currently conducting a 5-year randomized clinical trial, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, in which 160 community adults with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) will be treated with either our novel SAD-tailored cognitive-behavioral therapy or with standard light therapy and followed over 2 years.


  • Rohan, K. J., Meyerhoff, J., Ho, S., Evans, M., Postolache, T. T., & Vacek, P. M. (2016). Outcomes one and two winters following cognitive-behavioral therapy or light therapy for seasonal affective disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173, 244-251.
  • Rohan, K. J., Mahon, J. N., Evans, M., Ho, S., Meyerhoff, J., Postolache, T. T., & Vacek, P. M. (2015). Randomized trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy vs. light therapy for seasonal affective disorder: Acute outcomes. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 862-869.
  • Ho, S. Rohan, K. J., McKinley, P. S., Parent, J., & Tager, F. A. (2015). A longitudinal study of depression, fatigue, and sleep disturbances in women with breast cancer. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 49, 707-715.
  • Mahon, J. N., Rohan, K. J., Nillni, Y. I., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2015). The role of perceived control over anxiety in prospective symptom reports across the menstrual cycle. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 18, 1435-1102.
  • Evans, M., Rohan, K. J., Sitnikov, L., Mahon, J., Nillni, Y. I., Tierney Lindsey, K., & Vacek, P. M. (2013). Cognitive change across cognitive-behavioral and light therapy treatments for seasonal affective disorder: What accounts for clinical status the next winter? Cognitive Therapy and Research, 37, 1201-1213.
  • Sitnikov, L., Rohan, K. J., Evans, M., Mahon, J. N., & Nillni, Y. I. (2013). Cognitive predictors and moderators of winter depression treatment outcomes in cognitive-behavioral therapy vs. light therapy. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 872-881.


  • B.A. Saint Bonaventure University, 1993
  • Ph.D. University of Maine, 1998


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