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March 26, 2019

Neuroscience of Cognitive Therapy for Depression

A biographical summary from Greg Siegle, PhD's presentation at the 2018 Beck Excellence Summit.

I will review evidence from neuroimaging studies suggesting brain mechanisms associated with depression, how they change in Cognitive Therapy, and how their assessment can be used to predict who is likely to respond to Cognitive Therapy. Given multiple obstacles to using assessment of neural mechanisms to guide treatment, I will then describe an alternate approach, in which targeted pre-treatments are used to address predictive mechanisms, to make it more likely that individuals who are originally predicted to not respond to Cognitive Therapy are more likely to respond.

Learn more about the research presented at the 2018 Beck Excellence Summit