EMPOWER: Group Intervention for Depression in Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) suffer from depression at rates equal to or higher than rates for the general population. Yet, there are no established psychosocial treatments for depression in adults with ID. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) has been shown to successfully treat depression in typically developing children and adults. Recent studies have shown that adults with mild ID have the cognitive skills needed for CBT when training procedures and modifications are used. The purpose of this study is to translate these research findings into care practices by developing and pilot testing a CBT intervention to treat depression in adults with ID.
This study is ongoing and we are currently recruiting depressed adults with mild ID to participate in the group intervention.
For more information, please contact:
Sigan L. Hartley, PhD
100 Women Chair in Human Ecology
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, School of Human Ecology
Waisman Center Investigator
4101 Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Dr
Madison, WI 53706