University of Pittsburgh

Roecklein, Kathryn A.

Roecklein, Kathryn A.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Biological and Health Program, Clinical Program


4307 Sennott Square
Fax: 412-624-4428

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Research Interests: Mood disorders, circadian biology, behavioral genetics, and Seasonal Affective Disorder. The focus of the lab in the future will be behavior genetics. I am currently investigating sequence variations in the gene for the photopigment melanopsin as a possible explanation for the relationship between season, environmental light levels, and depression.

Accepting Graduate Students: No

Selected Publications

  • Roecklein, K.A., Wong, P.M., Miller, M.A., Franzen, P.L., Ferrell, B.A., Manuck, S.B. (2012, in press). Melanopsin gene variations interact with season to predict sleep timing and chronotype. Chronobiology International.
  • Roecklein, K. A., Schumacher, J. A., Miller, M. A., & Ernecoff, N. C. (2012). Cognitive and behavioral predictors of light therapy use in seasonal affective disorder. PLoS One. 7(6), e39275. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0039275
  • Erickson KI, Miller DL, Roecklein KA. (2012). The aging hippocampus: interactions between exercise, depression, and BDNF. Neuroscientist, 18: 82-97.
  • Lindsey, K. T., Rohan, K. J., Roecklein, K. A., & Mahon, J. N. (2011). Surface facial electromyography, skin conductance, and self-reported emotional responses to light- and season-relevant stimuli in seasonal affective disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2011.04.016
  • Rohan, K.J., Nillni, Y.I., Mahon, J.N., Roecklein, K.A., Sitnikov, L., Haaga, D.A. (2011). Cognitive vulnerability in moderate, mild, and low seasonality. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders. 99(12), 961-970. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0b013e3182392948
  • Roecklein, K. A., Rohan, K. J., & Postolache, T. T. (2010). SAD: Is seasonal affective disorder a bipolar variant? Current Psychiatry 9(2), 42-54.
  • Roecklein, K.A., Schumacher, J. A., Gabriele, J. M., Fagan, C., Baran, A. S., Richert, A. C. (2010). Personalized feedback to improve CPAP adherence in obstructive sleep apnea. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 8(2), 105-112.
  • Rohan, K. J., Roecklein, K. A., & Haaga, D. A. F. (2009). Biological and psychological mechanisms of seasonal affective disorder: A review and integration. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 5(1), 37-47.

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Donofry, Shannon
  • Miller, Megan