Faculty Profile

Janis Louise Anderson, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Administrative Title(s)

Director, Seasonal Affective Disorders Clinical Services, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Other Affiliation(s)

Department of Psychology, University of New Mexico

See publications

Inter-office Mail Address

BWH Department of Psychiatry,
221 Longwood Avenue, BLI 438

Phone 617-732-7993

Email jlanderson@partners.org

Society Memberships

Sleep Research Society
Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms
Society for Research on Biological Rhythms

Research Interests

Mechanism of action of light therapy for fall/winter depression; Chronobiology and pathophysiology of mood disorders; Immune system functioning in patients with mood disorder; Psychiatric and medical disorders comorbid with fall/winter depression; Use of quizzes to improve learning in undergraduate neurobiology.

Research Funding

American Sleep Medicine Foundation project (PI: SF Quan MD)
Developing and Testing an Online
Sleep Education Presentation for College Psychology Students.

2003-10 National Institute for Student Achievement, Curriculum and Assessment: Cognition and Student Learning Research Grant Program
Co-investigator: "Test-enhanced Learning"
2005-06 Apollo Light Systems, Inc.
Principal Investigator: "Comparing wavelengths using LED light for SAD Treatment".


1/03- "Depression: Diagnosis and Treatment" online (Undergraduate/Graduate)
Dept. of Psychology and Extended University, Univ. of New Mexico

9/02- "Circadian Biology: From Cellular Oscillators to Sleep Regulation" (Undergraduate) Harvard Univ., Dept. of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Course Instructors: Prof. J.W. Hastings, Prof. C.A. Czeisler
My role is preparation of web-based instructional materials for the
Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Instructional Computing Group
course website, including course lecture video-presentations, glossary, and self-tests [http://fas.harvard.edu/~mcb186]

8/01- "Brain and Behavior" entirely on-line using WebCT (Undergraduate)
Dept. of Psychology and Extended University, University of New Mexico

2000-02 Associate Visiting Professor of Psychology; University of New Mexico
"Stress and Health" (Undergraduate/Graduate)
"Hypothalamus and Mood Disorders" (Graduate)
"Brain and Behavior" (Undergraduate) (including WebCT-enhanced and traditional lecture format)
2001-2005 Diagnosis and Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Harvard Longwood Residency Lecture

2000- Diagnosis and Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder
Brigham & Women's Hospital Psychiatry Fellowship Lecture

1998-2004 Lecturer on Personality Disorders and PTSD
Harvard Medical School, Second Year Students--Introduction to Psychiatry (700): As of November, 2001, I have been developing web- based instructional material to accompany this lecture, using the Harvard Medical School MyCourses website toolkit

11/00 DSM-IV Major Depression as a Hypothalamic Disorder: Studies on Seasonal Affective Disorder; Psychology Area Lecture
Dept. of Psychology, University of New Mexico; Albuquerque NM

Selected Publications

McDaniel MA, Wildman KM, Anderson JL. Using quizzes to enhance summative-assessment performance in a web-based class: An experimental study.
Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition. 2011; doi:10.1016/j.jarmac.2011.10.001.

Anderson JL, Glod CA, Dai J, Cao Y, Lockley SW. Lux vs. wavelength in light treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2009 Sep;120(3):203-12.  [PMID: 19207131]

Ash JB, Piazza E, Anderson JL. Light therapy in the clinical management of an eating-disordered adolescent with winter exacerbation.
International Journal of Eating Disorders. 1998 Jan;23(1):93-7. [PMID: 9429924]

Vasile RG, Sachs G, Anderson JL, Lafer B, Matthews E, Hill T. Changes in regional cerebral blood flow following light treatment for seasonal affective disorder: responders versus non-responders.
Biological Psychiatry. 1997 Dec 1;42(11):1000-5. [PMID: 9386851]

Anderson JL, Rosen LN, Mendelson WB, Jacobsen FM, Skwerer RG, Joseph-Vanderpool JR, Duncan CC, Wehr TA, Rosenthal NE. Sleep in fall/winter seasonal affective disorder: effects of light and changing seasons.
Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 1994 May;38(4):323-37. [PMID: 8064650]

Anderson JL, Vasile RG, Mooney JJ, Bloomingdale KL, Samson JA, Schildkraut JJ. Changes in norepinephrine output following light therapy for fall/winter seasonal depression.
Biological Psychiatry. 1992 Oct 15;32(8):700-4. [PMID: 1457625]

Wehr TA, Giesen HA, Schulz PM, Anderson JL, Joseph-Vanderpool JR, Kelly K, Kasper S, Rosenthal NE. Contrasts between symptoms of summer depression and winter depression.
Journal of Affective Disorders. 1991 Dec;23(4):173-83. [PMID: 1791262]

Wirz-Justice A, Anderson JL. Morning light exposure for treatment of winter depression: the one true light therapy?
Psychopharmacology Bulletin. 1990;26(4):511-20. [PMID: 2087544]

Czeisler CA, Kronauer RE, Mooney JJ, Anderson JL, Allan JS. Biological rhythm disorders, depression and phototherapy: a new hypothesis.
Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 1987 Dec;10(4):687-709. [PMID: 3332326]

Reviews, Books, and Chapters

Anderson JL, Wirz-Justice A, Graw P, Kräuchi K. Light therapy and fall/winter depression: links to serotonin, melatonin, and headache. In: Nappi G, Bono G, Sandrini G, Martignoni E, Micieli G (eds.) Headache and Depression: Serotonin Pathways as a Common Clue. New York: Raven Press, 1991; 109-132.