University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
Saturday, April 14
Invited Address by Dr. Jill Cyranowski, Chatham University
Interpersonal Risk Factors and Anxious Depression: Informing Psychotherapy Research and Practice
Abstract: More than half of clients who struggle with depression will also report significant symptoms of anxiety. This anxious-depressed profile is associated with greater symptom severity, diminished interpersonal function, greater stress reactivity, and poorer treatment outcomes.
The current talk will review research on key risk factors faced by anxious-depressed clients, including evidence to support elevated levels of childhood emotional abuse, dysregulated autonomic nervous system function, and diminished social support. The talk will also present preliminary research on a recently-adapted psychotherapeutic approach developed to enhance treatment outcomes among clients with anxious depression, termed interpersonal psychotherapy for depression with panic spectrum features (IPT-PS).
We welcome you to the Twenty-first Annual Laurel Highlands Undergraduate Psychology Conference, which will be held at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, located on 655 picturesque acres in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania, 70 miles east of Pittsburgh. The conference will include both paper and poster presentations. Submissions should report the results of empirical studies designed to contribute to basic or applied research, but strong consideration also will be given to original and innovative contributions in the form of meta-analyses, literature reviews, and papers of historical interest. Abstracts for all presentations will be published in a booklet of proceedings to be distributed to all attendees.