Stephen Scott Ilardi

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Psychology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Fraser Hall
Room 426
University of Kansas
1415 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7556


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.  


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA Accredited), Duke University, Department of Psychology: Social & Health Sciences

M.A., Psychology: Social & Health Sciences, Duke University

B.A., Mathematics and Economics, Emory University

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

Ilardi, S. S., & Casteen, E. (in press). The Psychological Toxicity of Modern Adolescence. Counselor.

Botanov, Y. & Ilardi, S. S. (2013). The Acute Side Effects of Bright Light Therapy: A Placebo Controlled Investigation. PLoS One, 8(9), e75893.

Selected Presentations

Ilardi, S. . (08/31/2013). Brain Chemistry Lifehacks. TEDxKC. Kansas City. Available Here

Ilardi, S. . (04/30/2013). Depression Is A Disease of Civilzation. TEDxEmory. Atlanta, GA. Available Here

Selected Awards & Honors

Best University Teacher (Winner)
Best of Lawrence