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Dr. Ian Gotlieb

The Department of Psychiatry will welcome Dr. Ian Gotlieb from Stanford University on February 3, 2017 as part of the Distinguished Scientist Lecture series.  Dr. Gotlieb’s lecture, Understanding and Reducing Risk for Depression: The Role of Stress Reactivity, will take place at noon in Room S120 of the Starzl Biomedical Science Tower.

Dr. Gotlieb is the Chair of the Stanford Department of Psychology and Director of the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory.  In his research, he examines psychological and biological factors that place individuals at increased risk for depression, as well as processes that are involved in recovery from this disorder. Dr. Gotlib is conducting research examining neural, cognitive, social, and endocrinological factors and genetics in depressed individuals, and applying findings from these investigations to the study of predictors of depression in children at familial risk for developing this disorder. He is also examining the impact of innovative procedures to reduce young children’s risk for depression, including Interpretation Bias Training, Attention Bias Training, and neurofeedback training. Dr. Gotlib is also examining the differential effects of early life stress on the trajectories of neurodevelopment in boys and girls over the course of puberty in an effort to explain the increased risk for depression and for suicidal behaviors at this developmental stage. 

Dr. Gotlib is the recipient of numerous awards and honors in recognition of his work, including the NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award, the Joseph Zubin Award for lifetime research contributions to the understanding of psychopathology, and the APS Distinguished Scientist Award. He has published extensively on depression and stress, including over 500 peer reviewed articles in high impact journals. 

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