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Maria Kovacs, PhD September 16, 2011, 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm WPIC Auditorium


Department of Psychiatry Lecture Series
Meet the Principal Investigator Lecture

Emotion Regulation, Mood Repair, and Childhood-Onset Depression

Maria Kovacs, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Maria Kovacs, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, has been conducting pioneering clinical research in the area of childhood-onset depressive (COD) and related disorders for over 30 years.  Her work, which originally targeted nosology, has spanned the age range from late childhood to adulthood and has examined the presentation, outcome, correlates, and consequences of very early-onset affective illness.  More recently, Dr. Kovacs led a multidisciplinary, international team of investigators in a project on risk factors for juvenile-onset depression with a major focus on affect (dys)regulation that combined molecular genetic, brain physiology, behavioral observation, and clinical perspectives.  She also developed a novel psychotherapy for depression based on principles of affect regulation, which is being tested with children in a randomized trial.  In her other current projects, Dr. Kovacs is following up the juvenile offspring of adults who themselves had COD as well as a very large cohort of COD children and siblings, examining physiologic and attention-based components of mood repair.  In her presentation, Dr. Kovacs will provide a road map of how work on clinical phenomenology segued into multidisciplinary projects on affect regulation/mood repair and culminated in a new treatment of COD.

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