Psychosocial Research/Depression Clinic


The mission of the Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic is to understand how psychosocial (i.e., behavioral, emotional, attitudinal, social, personal, and interpersonal) factors, including treatment, influence health in mood and related disorders. The Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic (Jarrett Laboratory) was established in 1989 for the purposes of:

  • Learning about the etiology, maintenance, course, and treatment of mood and related disorders, with special emphasis on the role of psychosocial factors and psychotherapy.
  • Developing better and sustainable interventions.
  • Disseminating knowledge through patient care, collaboration, presentation, publication, teaching, technological advances, and community outreach. Through dissemination we aim to promote a better understanding of the impact of psychosocial factors on health, illness, and recovery, particularly in the context of depression and evidence-based psychotherapy,
Dr. Robin Jarrett Dr. Robin Jarrett

In short, we evaluate the role of psychosocial factors and interventions on the course of health in mood and related disorders.

Our goal is to create and disseminate new knowledge and treatments that will help to reduce the suffering and promote health using psychological interventions (such as cognitive behavioral therapy and new technologies for preventing onset, relapse, and recurrence). Ultimately, through interdisciplinary collaboration, we strive to be a part of research and patient care, which produces cures. While we join the field in searching for cures for mood and related disorders, we aim to develop new strategies to replace vulnerability with resilience.

The interdisciplinary team includes investigators from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and beyond. There are opportunities for colleagues and trainees to participate in understanding how psychosocial factors influence health and the course of illness for our large and unique samples of patients.

Contact Us

Psychosocial Research and Depression Clinic
5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
Dallas, TX 75390-9149

Phone: 214-648-5345
Fax: 214-648-5340

Quick Facts

  1. Mental health and life satisfaction matter and can promote overall health, well-being, and resilience.
  2. Effective psychological therapies can help people improve their health.
  3. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help people reach their goals and become healthier.
  4. Depression is a common and treatable problem which interferes with overall health and functioning. If you think you are depressed you are not alone.
  5. While some anxiety is normal and optimal arousal can actually boost performance, if anxiety is frequent and intense it can also interfere with functioning and health.
  6. Seeking treatment for depression and other mental health problems is as important as your annual physical. Include routine psychological and psychiatric care to maintain or improve your health.

Learn more about mental health by visiting our Quick Facts page.