Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Enduring or are Antidepressant Medications Iatrogenic

Monday, December 11, 2017 - 12:00pm

Location: Room 160W, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst

Does the addition of antidepressant medications to cognitive therapy (CT) have an iatrogenic effect that interferes with CT’s known enduring effect on depression? Might the combination possibly prolong the length of the underlying episode? In his talk, Dr. Hollon will present his research findings, which raise concerns that CT provided in combination with medication does little to prevent recurrence of depression.

Stephen Hollan, PhD is a Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Hollan’s primary interest lies in the etiology and treatment of depression in adults. His work extends from basic psychopathology to prevention and treatment. He is particularly interested in the relative contribution of cognitive and biological processes to depression, and how the relative efficacies of psychosocial versus pharmacological interventions compare. A current interest is the prevention of depression, both with respect to its initial onset and subsequent recurrence following successful treatment.

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. LIGHT REFRESHMENTS WILL BE PROVIDED.