Dr. Lata McGinn, professor and director of the doctoral clinical program at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, has developed a novel intervention using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to prevent depression induced by medications. She tested its effects in a randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Her intervention is intended as a psychological vaccination against the future development of depression, which the World Health Organization has declared the leading cause of disability in the world. This approach helps individuals learn and practice skills on induced symptoms so that they are better prepared to use skills when symptoms of depression naturally occur in the future.

The study was published in the peer reviewed journal Cognitive Therapy and Research in April 2019.

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