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Depression Research and Treatment Program

Department of Psychology

John E. Roberts, Ph.D., Director
Park Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-4110, USA
Phone: (716) 645-0184; Email: robertsj@buffalo.edu

Overview: Who we are and what we do

The 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 other people.

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.

Are you looking for treatment for depression?

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.