Daniel N. Klein, professor of clinical psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University, received the 2012 Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology at the Society of Clinical Psychology’s annual meeting held in Orlando, Florida. This award is the Society’s highest honor presented to those who have made distinguished theoretical or empirical contributions to psychology throughout their careers.
Klein was recognized as a leading researcher in determining the causes and treatment of chronic depression; and more recently on the contributions of temperamental, family and biological factors on the development of depression in children and adults, according to the citation issued by the Society of Clinical Psychology.
“Dr. Klein’s distinguished work in the field of clinical psychology has led to innovative and clinically important contributions to understanding and more effectively treating depression,” said Dennis N. Assanis, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University. “His outstanding scholarship and research has led to both theoretical and policy changes in the areas of assessment and treatment. I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition from the Society of Clinical Psychology.”
“I’m honored to receive this award,” said Klein. “It is particularly special to me because I am joining the ranks of three current and former colleagues from Stony Brook who received this great honor in the past – SUNY Distinguished Professors K. Daniel O’Leary and Marvin Goldfried, and the late Professor John Neale.”
Klein’s research is geared at understanding the nature, development and causes of depression; including, identifying similarities and differences between depression at different stages of development (childhood, adolescence and adulthood). Most recently he has studied the role of early childhood emotional style in later adjustment and examined some of the biological and environmental factors that influence the development of children with different emotional styles. “Chronic depressions and episodic remitting depressions are very different and may be caused by different factors and require somewhat different approaches to treatment,” said Klein.
Klein has served as a principal investigator on three of the largest clinical trials for treatment of chronic depression and was instrumental in demonstrating that the combination of psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy was better than either treatment alone.
Currently, Klein is principal investigator on one, and co-investigator on three research grants funded by the National Institute of Mental Health with more than $10 million in total funding. He has published more than 250 articles in numerous publications including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Psychological Science, Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Annual Review of Clinical Psychology and more.