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Will Psychologist Couch be Replaced by a Computer? - Expert Weighs In On New Treatment for Anxiety and Depression at GRCC Presentation

As the holiday season approaches, news of upticks in the incidence of depression and/or anxiety cases increases. GRCC’s Psychology Department Speaker Series will bring in Dr. C. Richard Spates, professor of Psychology and director of the Anxiety Disorders Laboratory at Western Michigan University to discuss recent results of a new computer-based treatment. The October 20 lecture is free and open to the public.

“It may still seem ironic to many in the public that a season filled with holiday parties, family occasions and special events can bring about depression, but to those of us in the field of psychology, it certainly does not,” said Dr. Frank Conner, head of GRCC’s Psychology Department and organizer of GRCC’s speaker series. “So discussing new approaches being made in the treatment of depression and anxiety is very timely for our students, and we think the public will benefit from the presentation as well.”

Dr. Spates and his doctoral students conducted research in the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. Community college trainees assisted in the research.  Dr. Spates recently developed a computer treatment for clinical depression that has shown initial efficacy with patients suffering moderate to severe depression. In his appearance at GRCC, he will describe the program and the latest findings from this research and discuss the practical applications of computer-based treatment.  

Spates will speak Thursday, October 20 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. in room 168 of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center on GRCC’s main downtown campus.  For more information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at fconner@grcc.edu or (616) 234-3612. A complete list of all speakers in this series can be found at grcc.edu/psychology
Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for over 32,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several additional locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.