Christopher G Beevers
Director, The Institute for Mental Health Research
Wayne H. Holtzman Regents Chair in Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts
Phone: +1 512 232 3706, +1 512 471 1157
Beevers' primary research interest focuses on the cognitive etiology and treatment of major unipolar depression. He believes that understanding normal cognitive processes provides an important foundation for identifying how these processes go awry in clinical depression. Further, he is very interested in using experimental psychopathology methods to understand why treatments work and translating these same methods into effective interventions for depression and related psychopathology (e.g., anhedonia, negative affect). Dr. Beevers is particularly interested in the interplay between biology (e.g., variants of the serotonin transporter gene) and cognitive risk and maintaining factors for depression. Current project utilize behavioral, eye tracking, and EEG methodologies to measure cognitive bias combined with smart phone methods to measure affect in its natural environment. He collaborates with numerous faculty at UT, nationally, and internationally.
As a highly prolific scholar, Dr. Beevers has contributed to 5 books, published more than 100 journal articles, and has been cited over four thousand times.