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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 2018

Acetaminophen enhances the reflective learning process

Pearson, R., Koslov, S., Hamilton, B., Shumake, J., Carver, C. S. & Beevers, C., Oct 25 2018, In : Social cognitive and affective neuroscience. 13, 10, p. 1029-1035 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acetaminophen
Learning
Placebos
Serotonin
Automatic Data Processing
1 Citations

Determining Optimal Parameters of the Self-Referent Encoding Task: A Large-Scale Examination of Self-Referent Cognition and Depression

Dainer-Best, J., Lee, H. Y., Shumake, J. D., Yeager, D. S. & Beevers, C. G., Jun 7 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Psychological Assessment.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cognition
Depression
Reproducibility of Results
Students
1 Citations

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., Mar 16 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Cognition and Emotion. p. 1-17 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Episodic Memory
Depression
Learning
Autobiographical Memory
Cognitive Bias

Negative self-referential processing is associated with genetic variation in the serotonin transporter-linked polymorphic region (5-HTTLPR): Evidence from two independent studies

Dainer-Best, J., Disner, S. G., McGeary, J. E., Hamilton, B. J. & Beevers, C. G., Jun 1 2018, In : PLoS One. 13, 6, e0198950.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Serotonin Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins
serotonin
Reaction Time
transporters
Alleles

Positive imagery training increases positive self-referent cognition in depression

Dainer-Best, J., Shumake, J. D. & Beevers, C., Dec 1 2018, In : Behaviour Research and Therapy. 111, p. 72-83 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Imagery (Psychotherapy)
Cognition
Depression
Ego
Cues