Kathryn A. Roecklein, Ph.D.


4307 Sennott Square






Research Interests

Circadian rhythms, affective disorders, depression, sleep, behavioral genetics, environmental light levels.


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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: Yes

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Donofry, Shannon
  • Miller, Megan
  • Caitlin Dupont


  • PhD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


  • Publication 850

    Erickson KI, Miller DL, Roecklein KA. (2012). The aging hippocampus: interactions between exercise, depression, and BDNF. Neuroscientist, 18: 82-97.

  • Publication 951

    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

  • Publication 952

    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.

  • Publication 954

    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

  • Publication 953

    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

  • Publication 782

    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.

  • Publication 781

    Roecklein, K. A., Rohan, K. J., & Postolache, T. T. (2010). SAD: Is seasonal affective disorder a bipolar variant? Current Psychiatry 9(2), 42-54.

  • Publication 530

    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.

  • Publication 463

    Rohan, K. J., Tierney Lindsey, K., Roecklein, K. A., & Lacy, T. J. (2004). Cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy, and their combination in treating seasonal affective disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 80, 273-283.

  • Publication 462

    Rohan, K. J., Roecklein, K. A., Tierney Lindsey, K., Johnson, L. G., Lippy, R. D., Lacy, T. M., & Barton, F. B. (2007). A randomized controlled trial of cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy, and their combination for seasonal affective disorder. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 489-500.

  • Publication 461

    Rohan, K. J., & Roecklein, K. A. (2009). Seasonal affective disorder. In R. E. Ingram (Ed.), International encyclopedia of depression. New York, NY: Springer Publishing.

  • Publication 460

    Rohan, K.J., Roecklein, K. A., Lacy, T. A., Vacek, P. M. (2009). Winter depression recurrence one year after cognitive-behavioral therapy, light therapy, or combination treatment. Behavior Therapy, 40(3), 225-238.

  • Publication 459

    Roecklein, K. A., Rohan, K. J., Duncan, W. C., Rollag, M. D., Rosenthal, N. E., Lipsky, R. H., Provencio, I. (2009). A missense variant (P10L) of the melanopsin (OPN4) gene is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Journal of Affective Disorders, 114(1-3), 279-285.