Stephen Scott Ilardi

Social and Behavioral Sciences - Psychology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Fraser Hall, 426
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556
Second office:


Ph.D., 1995, Duke University
Dr. Ilardi's research focuses on the etiology and treatment of depression.   Over the past decade his clinical research team has worked to develop the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change (TLC) treatment protocol based on several modifiable lifestyle factors (e.g., physical activity, omega-3 intake, light exposure, social connection) with demonstrated antidepressent benefit.  

Teaching Interests

  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Personality
  • Psychotherapy
  • Evolutionary Psychology

Research Interests

  • Depression
  • Mood Disorders
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychotherapy
  • Therapeutic Lifestyle Change
  • Exercise
  • Omega-3
  • Sleep
  • Social Support
  • Rumination
  • Vitamin D
  • Inflammation
  • Evolutionary Psychology
  • Treatment Outcomes
  • Basketball Analytics

Selected Publications

Botanov, Y., & Ilardi, S. S. (2013). The Acute Side Effects of Bright Light Therapy: A Placebo Controlled Investigation [Journal Articles]. PLoS One, 8(9), e75893.
Ilardi, S. S., & Casteen, E. (accepted/in press). The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Adolescence [Journal Articles]. Counselor.

Selected Presentations

Ilardi, S. (8/31/2013). Brain Chemistry Lifehacks. TEDxKC. Kansas City.
Ilardi, S. (4/30/2013). Depression Is A Disease of Civilzation. TEDxEmory. Atlanta, GA.

Selected Awards & Honors

Best University Teacher (Winner)
Best of Lawrence