Rachel Maddux is an international member of the Department, originally from the United States. Prior to earning her doctorate in Psychology, she worked in psychopharmacology research at the University of California, San Diego and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her doctoral work at Lund concentrated on depression and personality. It was presented at various international conferences and was awarded scientific recognition from the Evy and Gunnar Sandberg Foundation.
Rachel's current research continues to focus on clinical depression, with special emphasis on etiology and treatment. Because of the heterogeneous nature of depression, her work aims to deconstruct depression into etiologically-based subtypes to determine whether subtyping can help improve treatment outcomes. She also has a strong academic research interest in contemplative sciences, including the psychological and neuroscientific mechanisms of Hatha yoga in remediating depression, anxiety and promoting well-being and psychological health.
Rachel currently teaches in the psychologist-training program and the single-subject courses in psychology on topics including psychopathology, clinical neuroscience, research methodology, emotion, stress, and positive psychology and psychotherapy.