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Dr. Maria Kovacs, Ph.D. has an international reputation for her contributions to the understanding of the depressive disorders in childhood and adolescence.
She currently a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where she has been on the faculty since in 1977.
She has published extensively on the topics of depression and suicide and their treatment.
In addition to her ongoing research on risk factors for and consequences of juvenile-onset mood disorders, Dr. Kovacs has been involved with the various special committees and grant review sections for the National Institute for Mental Health, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society.
For more information, please read Dr. Kovacs' complete CV here.
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Maria Kovacs, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaDr. Maria Kovacs is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
In addition to work as a Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Kovacs
has a rich and extensive research career, with specialties in depression, suicide, and children's issues.She is an Elected Fellow of the American Psychological Society, teaches advanced seminars in child psychiatry and is a preceptor for psychiatric residents at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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Freddie H. Fu named Distinguished Service Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Maria Kovacs named Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry
Freddie H. Fu has been named as Distinguished Service Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Maria Kovacs has been named Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry.
During her 40-year career, Maria Kovacs, a professor of psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has earned a reputation as one of the most highly respected researchers in child and adolescent depression.
research on those with depression spans ages ranging from late childhood to adulthood, and she
has examined the presentation, outcome, and public health implications of early-onset affective mood disorders.
During the past decade, Kovacs
has led a multidisciplinary international team of investigators in a project on risk factors for juvenile-onset depression that combined molecular genetic, brain physiology, behavioral observation, and clinical perspectives.
also has developed a novel psychotherapy for depression based on principles of emotion regulation that is being tested with children.
Kovacs is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society, which elected her as a Fellow in 1998.
In 2003, the Institute for Scientific Information
as one of the most-cited researchers (in the top 1.5 percent) in psychology and psychiatry for the 19-year period spanning 1981 to 1999.
She has served on the advisory committees for both DSM-III and DSM-IV-the third and fourth editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which provides the standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders for the American Psychiatric Association.
Kovacs earned her BA in psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York, her MEd in psychology from Columbia University Teachers College, and her PhD in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine's Department of Psychology.
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Dr. Maria Kovacs is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Child Development and Childhood Depression Research Program at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, PA.Dr. Kovacs is a world-renowned researcher in the area of developmental psychopathology and depressive illness and has made important contributions in the area of treatment.She has published landmark findings about children's adjustment to diabetes and has a long-standing interest in education and prevention.Dr. Kovacs has extensive knowledge of the various clinical, practical and psychosocial issues involved in children's adjustment to diabetes and self-management of their condition.Dr. Kovacs joined company's Board of Directors as Chairperson in August 2001.
"There's about a 75-per-cent rate of ...
"There's about a 75-per-cent rate of recurrence of depression later in life if a child has a first episode during the years from eight to 13,'' said Maria Kovacs, a psychologist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.
A typical episode of major depression in children from five to 18 with problems serious enough to be referred for treatment lasts about 11 months on average, with about 15 per cent of these children experiencing an episode lasting as long as 18 months, Kovacs
found.For children with mild depression, or dysthymia, episodes are less incapacitating but last much longer, averaging about four years.Kovacs
studied 134 children in whom depression had been diagnosed as early as the age of eight, assessing them every few years until some were as old as 24.At the same time, she
studied a comparison group of 56 children who did not suffer from depression.
"We found long-lasting depression in some of the youngest kids, even though the professional literature said it was the older kids who would be far more depressed,'' Kovacs
What is more, children who experience an episode of minor depression were found to have a high likelihood of suffering from a major depression within two years -- a so-called "double depression.'' These children are most likely to suffer recurring episodes as the years go on, according to data to be published later this year in The Archives of General Psychiatry by Kovacs
"Depression interferes with a child's emotional development,'' Kovacs