dr. david dozois

Email: ddozois@uwo.ca

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I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Western University. I am also the Director of Clinical Training in the Clinical Psychology Program, and cross-appointed with the Department of Psychiatry.

My research concentrates on cognitive mechanisms related to depression, with particular interest on content and organization of the self-schema. I am also interested in cognitive-behavioral theories and therapy. Inspired by the hit televisions series, Breaking Bad, I recently suggested to my graduate students that we unofficially name our lab Breaking Sad – after all, that is what we are trying to do by studying the onset, maintenance, amelioration, relapse, and recurrence of depression.

Research in my lab currently focuses on three primary areas: (1) understanding core beliefs and schemas (content and structure) and how they develop, predict depression and change over time; (2) examining how schemas and other cognitive variables influence interpersonal functioning in depression (e.g., excessive reassurance seeking, stress generation); and, (3) investigating cognitive and other risk factors in depression and how these can be targeted effectively through evidence-based treatments and preventative interventions.

About Dr. Dozois:

Dr. Dozois received his PhD from the University of Calgary in 1999. He is a Full Professor of Psychology and Director of the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Western Ontario. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, CPA Section on Clinical Psychology and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He is also a former Beck Institute Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research. Dr. Dozois’ research focuses on cognitive vulnerability to depression and cognitive-behavioral theory/therapy. He has published 150 scientific papers, book chapters and books and has presented over 300 research presentations at national and international conferences. He is editor of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: General Strategies (2014, Wiley) and co-editor of Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory Research and Practice (2004, American Psychological Association) and Risk Factors in Depression (2008; Elsevier/Academic Press). Dr. Dozois is serving another term (2016-17) as President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA; his last term was in 2011-12). He is also on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and the International Association of Applied Psychology. In addition, he maintains a small private practice.