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Risk and resilience in depression: Why some people become depressed following stress while others do not

Dr George M Slavich

A sizable literature now exists documenting a strong association between exposure to major life events and the subsequent onset of Major Depressive Disorder (Monroe, Slavich, & Georgiades, 2008). Stressors of this type can be serious and include specific events such as the death of a spouse or a financially devastating job loss. Despite this robust association between stress and depression, some people who experience stress never become depressed. At the same time, other people experience stress and go on to develop recurrent forms of depression. Why are some people resilient in the face of stress while others are not? The present talk reviews recent research from our group that addresses these questions.

Recorded: October 2009, Dubrovnik - Cavtat, Croatia.
Coping & Resilience International Conference

Organiser: The Brisbane Institute of Strengths Based Practice

George M Slavich
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Dr George M Slavich

I am currently a Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellow and NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology at UCLA, where I work with Naomi Eisenberger, Connie Hammen, and Shelley Taylor. I completed undergraduate and graduate coursework in psychology and communication at Stanford University, working with Ian Gotlib and B.J. Fogg, and received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon, working with Scott Monroe and Anne Simons. I was subsequently a clinical psychology intern at McLean Hospital, a clinical fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and an NIMH post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF, where I worked with Margaret Kemeny and Elissa Epel. In addition to my research, which examines the psychobiology of stress and disease, I am deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring, and to developing groups and forums that promote student development while advancing psychological science.

Education and Training

B.A. in Psychology, with Honors, Stanford University, 2000

M.A. Personality Psychology, Stanford University, 2001

M.A. in Communication, Stanford University, 2001

M.S. in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2002

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2006

Clinical Psychology Intern, McLean Hospital, and Clinical Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 2006-2007

NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychology and Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, 2007-2009

NIMH Postdoctoral Fellow in Psychoneuroimmunology, Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2009-present

Professional Service (Selected)

Founder and Executive Director, Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, 2001

Founder and Chair, Western Psychological Association Student Council, 2001-2005

Member, Board of Directors, Western Psychological Association, 2002-2006

Co-Founder, President-Elect, President, and Past-President, Society of Clinical Psychology's Section on Graduate Student and Early Career Psychologists, 2006-2009

Co-Organizer, Genes & Environment: Finding the Missing Heritability of Complex Traits, Stanford University, 2010


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