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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Benjamin L. Hankin, PhD


        Benjamin L. Hankin, PhD


Dr. Hankin graduated with his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His interests focus on understanding the development of depression over the lifespan, especially what factors and processes contribute to cause elevations in symptoms of and onset of clinical depression. Primary questions motivating the research include: 1) why do youth become depressed, especially the rapid rise in rates observed during adolescence? And 2) why do more girls become depressed than boys starting in adolescence? This work is guided conceptually by a developmental psychopathological framework.  For this work, Dr. Hankin was awarded the prestigious APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions to Psychology in Psychopathology (2010).  His work has been continuously funded since 2002 by NIMH, NSF, CIHR, and private foundations. He has a notable publication record as an author on more than 95 publications, and he has co-edited  two books. He is a standing member of a NIH grant review panel and is on the editorial board of many of the leading journals in clinical and developmental psychopathology.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Discuss developmental epidemiology of depression.
2.  Describe multi-level etiology of depression
3.  Discuss translational clinical implications for depression intervention


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