Colin A. Depp, Ph.D.
Assistant Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry
9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, MC:
CA 92037-0603C
Phone #: 858 822-4251
FAX #: 858 534-5475

Colin A. Depp, Ph.D. is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine of the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  He is also a Research Fellow at UCSD’s Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging.  Dr. Depp received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville.  He then completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Palo Alto Veteran’s Administration and a National Research Service Award post-doctoral fellowship in the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at UCSD.

Research Focus 
Dr. Depp has a strong interest in aging and bipolar disorder, particularly in the development of psychosocial interventions that can augment pharmacological treatment.  He is the PI of a NIMH-funded Career Development Award (K23) centered on the development of interventions to enhance treatment engagement and adherence in this population.  Dr. Depp is also active in ongoing research at the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UCSD, focusing on the behavioral and biological determinants of successful aging.

Clinical Focus 
Dr. Depp is a clinical psychologist specializing in augmentative psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder and behavioral interventions to enhance treatment engagement and adherence.  Additional clinical interests include self-management techniques for older adults with chronic mental illnesses, development and evaluation of peer-support interventions, and behavioral interventions for dementia family caregivers.

Selected Publications

  • Depp, C.A. & Jeste, D.V.  (2004).  Bipolar disorder in older adults:  A critical review.  Bipolar Disorders, 6, 343-367.
  • Depp, C.A., Lindamer, L.A., Folsom, D.P., Gilmer, T., Hough, R.L., Garcia, P., Jeste, D.V.  (2005).   Differences in  clinical features and mental health service use in bipolar disorder across the life span.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,13 (4):290-8.
  • Depp, C.A. & Jeste, D.V.  The definition and predictors of successful aging:  A comprehensive literature review.  (2006).  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 14 (1): 6-20.
  • Depp, C.A., Davis, C.E., Mittal, D., Patterson, T.L., Jeste, D.V.  The health-related quality of life and functioning of middle-aged and older adults with bipolar disorder (2006).  Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 67 (2):  215-221.
  • Depp, C.A., Patterson, T.L., Lebowitz, B.D., Lacro, J.P., & Jeste, D.V.  (In Press).  Medication adherence skills training for bipolar disorder:  Development and Pilot Study.  Bipolar Disorders


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