The aim of the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic is to understand how psychosocial factors and treatments influence the course of mood and related disorders. It was established in 1989 for the purposes of:
- Learning about the etiology, maintenance, course, and treatment of mood and related disorders, with special emphasis on the role of psychosocial factors and psychotherapy.
- Developing better and sustainable interventions.
- Disseminating through collaboration, presentation, publication, teaching, technological advances, and community outreach findings that promote a better understanding of depression, psychotherapy, and the impact of psychosocial factors on illness and recovery.
- In short, we evaluate the role of psychosocial (i.e., psychological, attitudinal, social, and interpersonal) factors and interventions on the course of depression.
Our goal is to create new knowledge and treatments that will help to reduce the suffering of those with depression using psychological interventions (such as cognitive behavioral therapy and new technologies) for preventing relapses and recurrence, and ultimately, through interdisciplinary collaboration, produce a cure. While we join the field in searching for a cure for mood disorders, we aim to develop new strategies to replace vulnerability with resilience.
The interdisciplinary team is both international and far-reaching, consisting of investigators from UT Southwestern and beyond. There are many opportunities for colleagues and trainees to participate in understanding how psychosocial factors have influenced the course of illness for our large and unique samples of patients.