Yale psychology department chair Susan Nolen-Hoeksema passed away tragically on January 2, 2013. Through her books, public appearances, and pioneering research, Nolen-Hoeksema worked to improve mental health care and educate the public about gender differences in depression. In a special symposium at the 25th APS Annual Convention in Washington, DC, five of Nolen-Hoeksema’s collaborators and past students will discuss her influence on the study of gender differences in depression, depressive rumination, and emotional regulation. Participants will include Ed Watkins, Katie A. McLaughlin, Lori M. Hilt, Blair E. Wisco, Amelia Aldao, and James J. Gross.
It was Nolen-Hoeksema who showed that rumination is an important factor in mental illness because it impedes problem solving and stops people from seeking help from others. Her research also focused on the reasons women are more likely to develop depression than men. The discoveries she made leave society with a better understanding of the roots of depression, and how it can be managed.