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Meet the PI Lecture May 10, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium

Women, Anxious Depression, and the Social Modulation of Stress

Cyranowski Jill Cyranowski, PhD

  Associate Professor of Psychiatry

  and Psychology

  University of Pittsburgh



In non-depressed individuals, positive social relationships buffer or modulate stress responses on both a psychological and physiological level. Critically, however, nearly all of the research conducted on the social modulation of stress in humans has actively excluded individuals with major depressive disorder. This gap in our knowledge is particularly relevant given the fact that depressed individuals are among those with the poorest social function and greatest levels of physiologic dysregulation across stress-related systems. Dr. Cyranowski’s research has evaluated potential physiologic mechanisms associated with interpersonal stress sensitivity and depression vulnerability, particularly among anxious-depressed women. She hypothesize that the adaptive physiological mechanisms underlying the social suppression of the stress axis becomes chronically disturbed or dysregulated within a subset of depressed women.

Learning Objectives. Following the lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand experimental research findings regarding oxytonergic, vagal and cardiovascular dysfunction among depressed women.
  2. Understand epidemiologic evidence regarding the impact of lifetime depression and anxiety in a community sample of midlife women.
  3. Identify clinical implications of this work with respect to improving treatment outcomes among anxious-depressed clinical populations.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.