Who we are and what we do
Depression Research and Treatment (DRT)
Program is a clinical research program that
focuses on the psychosocial aspects of mood
disorders. The program is directed by John E.
Roberts, Ph.D., who is an associate professor
of clinical psychology at the University at
Buffalo, and includes graduate students from
both the doctoral
program in clinical psychology and masters
program in psychology, as well as
undergraduate research assistants.
Dr. Roberts and his students are interested in
a number of psychological and environmental
factors that may be involved in the onset,
maintenance and recovery from mood disorders.
Our research studies have focused on the roles
of stressful life events, vulnerable
self-esteem, and rumination in depression.
Some of our more recent studies have examined
autobiographical memory and executive
functions, such as set-shifting ability, which
may contribute to repetitive negative thinking
and depression, and implicit self-esteem. We
have also been interested in the impact of
depression on peoples' lives, including
research examining how depression and other
psychological factors contribute to poor
health behavior among HIV+ patients (treatment
adherence, risky sexual behavior) and how
depression can elicit social rejection from
The long range goal of this research is to
improve our understanding of the psychological
and environmental contributions to depression
so that more effective treatment and
prevention interventions might be developed.
you looking for treatment for
Currently the DRT Program is not taking on new
clients seeking treatment for depression. If
you think you may be suffering from depression
and are interested in therapy, we recommend
that you contact our affiliated university
training clinic, the Psychological
Services Center, at 716-645-3697.