Professor, Director of Clinical Psychology 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.
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 SAD-tailored cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT-SAD) or with light therapy and followed over 2 years. This project applies the experimental therapeutics approach to determine the mechanisms through which CBT-SAD and light therapy work and to identify the best candidates for each. Consistent with NIMH’s focus on biological endpoints, we will ascertain whether theoretically-derived candidate biomarkers of each treatment’s target and effect are prescriptive of better outcomes in that treatment vs. the other.
- Evans, M., Rohan, K. J., Ho, S., Howard, A., Dubbert, P. M., & Stetson, B. A. (2017). Dimensions of physical activity and psychological well-being: A community-based exercise study. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 11,107-125.
- Nillni, Y. I., Pineles, S. L., Rohan, K. J., Zvolensky, M. J., & Rasmusson, A. (2017). The influence of menstrual cycle on reactivity to a CO2 challenge among women with and without premenstrual symptoms. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 46, 239-249.
- Meyerhoff, J., & Rohan, K. J. (2016). Treatment expectations for cognitive-behavioral therapy and light therapy for seasonal affective disorder: Change across treatment and relation to outcome. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 898-906.
- 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.
- B.A. Saint Bonaventure University, 1993
- Ph.D. University of Maine, 1998
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By appointment only via email, on sabbatical Fall 2019 and Spring 2020