University of Vermont

Department of Psychology

Research
The Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center
The BTPC is closely affiliated with several current research programs at the University of Vermont. For information on these programs please call the BTPC directly at (802) 656-2661, or see about being a participant in a research study.
Cognitive-Behavioral and Light Treatment for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
During the winter, are you like a bear that wants to hibernate all the time? If you notice that you feel fatigued and down and that your sleeping and eating habits change in the winter, you may be eligible to participate in a research study on seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Diagnostic assessment and treatment consisting of a light therapy box or cognitive-behavioral "talk" therapy will be offered. There is no charge for participation in the study.
Connecting Cultures
Over 5,000 refugees have settled in Vermont, mainly in Burlington, since 1990 (Vermont State Refugee Office, 2009). Refugees in Vermont originate from more than 20 countries, including Somalia, Sudan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Iraq. Several studies indicate well over half of refugees enter this country with significant levels of psychopathology, with some studies reporting rates of over 80%.
In response to the mental health needs of Vermont's refugees, a model of mental health services now exists through the Connecting Cultures Program, a clinical-science specialty service of the BTPC in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Vermont. The Connecting Cultures Program provides an integrated, culturally sensitive approach to working with these populations, including:
  • community-based outreach services
  • Direct clinical services
  • mental health research
  • training
Each of these four integrated components informs and enhances the others. Specifically, a community-based forum is used to provide clinical outreach services (e.g., parenting skills, stress management), and direct services are provided for an array of mental health concerns. Additionally, evaluative research involving understanding refugees' mental health is ongoing. Finally, an emphasis is placed on providing training opportunities for clinical psychology graduate students.

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