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Christopher Beevers is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dell Medical School and in the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts, where he serves as the director of the Institute for Mental Health Research.

He received his doctorate in adult clinical psychology from the University of Miami in 2002. His clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship were completed in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. 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. He also is 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).

Beevers is particularly interested in the interplay between biology and cognitive risk and maintaining factors for depression. Current projects use behavioral, eye tracking and EEG methodologies to measure cognitive bias combined with smartphone methods to measure negative affect in its natural environment.

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Research Output 1998 2019

Approach bias retraining to augment smoking cessation: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Smits, J., Baird, S. O., Rinck, M., Rosenfield, D., Beevers, C., Brown, R. A., Conroy, H. E., Alavi, N., Dutcher, C. D. & Freeman, S. Z., Jun 1 2019, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications. 14, 100340.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Smoking Cessation
Randomized Controlled Trials
Addictive Behavior

Association Between Negative Cognitive Bias and Depression: A Symptom-Level Approach

Beevers, C., Mullarkey, M. C., Dainer-Best, J., Stewart, R. A., Labrada, J., Allen, J. J. B., McGeary, J. E. & Shumake, J., Apr 1 2019, In : Journal of abnormal psychology. 128, 3, p. 212-227 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Reaction Time
Equipment and Supplies
1 Citation (Scopus)

Effect of cognitive bias modification-memory on depressive symptoms and autobiographical memory bias: two independent studies in high-ruminating and dysphoric samples

Vrijsen, J. N., Dainer-Best, J., Witcraft, S. M., Papini, S., Hertel, P., Beevers, C., Becker, E. S. & Smits, J., Feb 17 2019, In : Cognition and Emotion. 33, 2, p. 288-304 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Episodic Memory
Autobiographical Memory
Cognitive Bias

The superior longitudinal fasciculus and its functional triple-network mechanisms in brooding

Pisner, D. A., Shumake, J., Beevers, C. & Schnyer, D., Jan 1 2019, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 24, 101935.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Executive Function
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
6 Citations (Scopus)

Using Network Analysis to Identify Central Symptoms of Adolescent Depression

Mullarkey, M. C., Marchetti, I. & Beevers, C., Jul 4 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. 48, 4, p. 656-668 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Body Image
Theoretical Models