Kimberly Dienes, PhD


DSC_5407 My research focuses on the biopsychosocial model of risk for depression.  I examine the relationship of biological stress processes (cortisol secretion) to psychological variables such as mood, early adversity, and personality style. I look at chronic stress, daily stress, and acute stress reactivity in college students.  My lab consists of eight doctoral students who meet weekly and are dedicated to research, as well as clinical practice.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Roosevelt University
18 S Michigan Ave., Gage 405K, Chicago, IL 60605,, (312) 341-3799


  1. Dygdon, J.A. & Dienes, K.A. (2014).  General anxiety disorder and depression: a learning theory connection.  Journal of Depression and Anxiety, 3:146.  doi:10.4172/2167-1044.1000146
  2. Dienes, K.A., Hazel, N.A., & Hammen, C.L. (2013) Cortisol secretion in depressed and at-risk adults.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38 (6), 927-940. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.09.019
  3. Dygdon, J.A. & Dienes, K.A. (2013)  Behavioral Excesses in Depression:  A learning theory hypothesis.  Depression and Anxiety, 00:1-8.  doi: 10.1002/da.22111
  4. Dienes, K.A., Torres, Harding, S., Reinecke, M.A., Freeman, A., and Sauer, A. (2011).  Cognitive Therapy.  In S.B. Messer and A.S. Gurman (Ed.s) Essential Psychotherapies: Theory and practice, Third Edition (pp. 143-183).  New York, London: Guilford.
  5. Dienes, K.A., Hammen, C.L., Henry, R.M., Cohen, A.N. & Daley, S.  (2006).  The stress sensitization hypothesis: Understanding the course of bipolar disorder.  Journal of Affective Disorders, 95(1-3), 43-49. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2006.04.009.
  6. Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., & Reiss, A.L.  (2004). Prefrontal-limbic anomalies in pediatric bipolar disorder: a fMRI investigation.  Archives of General Psychiatry, 61, 781-792.  doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.61.8.781.
  7. Chang, K.D., Dienes, K., Blasey, C, Adleman, N., Steiner, H., & Ketter, T.A.  (2003). Divalproex in the treatment of bipolar offspring with mood and behavioral disorders and at least moderate affective symptoms.  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 64, 936-942.
  8. Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., Reiss, A.L., & Ketter, T.A.  (2003).  Bipolar offspring: A window into bipolar disorder evolution.  Biological Psychiatry,  53, 941-945.  doi: 10.1016/S0006-3223(03)00061-1.
  9. Chang, K.D., Adleman, N., Dienes, K., Reiss, A.L., & Ketter, T.A.  (2003). Decreased N-acetyl aspartate Levels in Pediatric Bipolar Disorder, Biological Psychiatry,  53, 1059-1065.  doi: 10.1016/S0006-3223(02)01744-4.
  10. Dienes, K.A., Chang, K.D., Blasey, C., Adleman, N.E. & Steiner, H. (2002) Characterization of bipolar offspring by parent report CBCL.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 36, 337-346. doi: 10.1016/S0022-3956(02)0001.
Curriculum Vitae Dienes 2014