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Séminaire - Constance Hammen"Stress and Depression: An Interpersonal Perspective"

Abstract :

Constance Hammen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is an internationally-recognized expert on depression and its risk factors, most notably concerning the roles of stress and stress vulnerability. Her work has been central to understanding the processes involved in depression risk and she is one of the most influential figures in depression research internationally. The conference of Professor Hammen will present highlights of her major research projects conducted in recent years on the topic on stress and depression. 

Selected publications

Hammen, C., Hazel, N., Brennan, P., & Najman, J. (2012). Intergenerational transmission and continuity of stress and depression: Depressed women and their offspring in 20 years of follow-up. Psychological Medicine, 42, 931-942. [pdf]

Hammen, C. Brennan, P., & Le Brocque, R. (2011). Youth depression and early childrearing: Stress generation and intergenerational transmission of depression. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,79, 353-363. [pdf]

Katz, S., Conway, C., Hammen, C., Brennan, P., & Najman, J. (2011). Childhood social withdrawal, interpersonal impairment, and young adult depression: A mediational model. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(8), 1227-1238. [pdf]

Hammen, C., Brennan, P., Keenan-Miller, D., Hazel, N., & Najman, J. (2010). Chronic and acute stress, gender, and serotonin transporter gene-environment interactions predicting depression in youth. Journal of Child Psychiatry and Psychology, 51, 180-187. [pdf]

Eberhart, N., & Hammen, C. (2009). Interpersonal predictors of stress generation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 35, 544-556. [pdf]

Yves Deris (yves.deris @

Hammen Lab at UCLA

Our lab engages in a wide range of research activities centered around better understanding mood disorders and other psychopathology. More information about our lab and work can be found using the links above. Information on the UCLA Life Stress Interview can be found here.