Under the leadership of Thomas D. Meyer, Ph.D., the Psychological Intervention & Research Program on Mood Spectrum Disorders, part of the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders,  focuses on a variety of topics related to depression and bipolar disorder. Areas of research include:

  • Improving screening for bipolar disorder. Involved in the initial development of the Hypomania Checklist-32, an internationally used screening tool, Dr. Meyer continues his work to improving screening measures for bipolar disorder. He believes that early identification and screening is highly relevant to decreasing the potential negative consequences of repeated mood episodes.
  • Studying the role of alcohol and substance use in relation to mood disorders.
  • Examining the links between course of illness, mood and cognitive functioning such as memory or attention.
  • Improving the quality of life of individuals with mood disorders, especially bipolar disorders and their loved ones. Dr. Meyer and his team work on exploring, developing and implementing new models of support ranging from adapting exiting approaches to individual needs such as rumination focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy for bipolar depression to identifying new platforms such as mobile technology to support family members of patients who take on the role of caregivers.


  • Support for relatives of individuals diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In collaboration with Rebecca Casarez, Ph.D., R.N., this program looks into topics such as the role of psychoeducation for informal caregivers or relatives’ needs and ideas about additional support such as eHealth and mobile Health.
  • Lifestyle and psychological programs for severe mood disorders. This program consists of several studies and projects aimed at exploring the need for and expectations of psychological support. This can be related to changing health-related behaviors, dealing with subsyndromal depressive symptoms and support after invasive treatments such as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).
  • Neurocognitive Reactivity. This study examines how much cognitive functions such as perception, memory or learning are associated with current feelings and thoughts but also longer lasting characteristics such as coping styles

View our clinical trials here.


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Thomas D. Meyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director, Psychological
Interventions & Research Laboratory
for Mood Spectrum Disorders
Rebecca Casarez RN
Rebecca Casarez, Ph.D., R.N.
Associate Professor,
UTHealth School of Nursing
Bauer, Isabelle mood disorders
Isabelle Bauer, Ph.D.

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