Ian Gotlib, PhD, Director

Dr. Ian H. Gotlib received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo in Canada and is the David Starr Jordan Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Stanford University and the Director of the Stanford Mood and Anxiety Disorders Laboratory.

Dr. Gotlib is very active in clinical research. In his research, which is funded primarily by the National Institute of Mental Health, Dr. Gotlib is examining psychological and biological factors that place individuals at increased risk for depression, as well as processes that are involved in recovery from this disorder. He is conducting research examining cognitive, social, and endocrinological factors and genetics in depressed individuals, patterns of brain function and structure that characterize depressed and anxious adults and children, and predictors of depression in children at familial risk for developing this disorder. Dr. Gotlib is also examining the impact of innovative cognitive and neural procedures both to treat depression and to reduce young children’s risk of developing depression. Finally, Dr. Gotlib is examining the effects of early life stress on brain development of boys and girls as they make the transition through puberty.

Dr. Gotlib has received the Distinguished Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders, the Joseph Zubin Award for lifetime research contributions to the understanding of psychopathology, the APA Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution, and the APS Distinguished Scientist Award.