Light Therapy and Circadian Rhythms

From a continuing education course offered by CET with the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms, directed by Michael Terman, PhD, New York, 2016.

The Biology of Circadian Rhythms

Dan Oren, MD
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut

Dan Oren presents an overview of how circadian and seasonal rhythms are driven by our biological clock and synchronized by light.  He describes how we think light works on the brain to improve mood, sleep, energy and performance. Light is not only antidepressant but also directly increases alertness and shifts timing of sleep-wake cycles.

How to Set Light and Dark for Personal and Work Schedules

Marijke Gordijn, PhD
University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands

Marijke Gordijn not only knows the ins and outs of how carefully timed bright light or its opposite, darkness, can shift and stabilize our rhythms, but she has wide experience applying these rules to plan better and healthier shift work schedules.

Psychological Factors in the Etiology and Treatment of Seasonal Depression

Michael Young, PhD
Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

Michael Young’s experience as a clinical psychologist allows him to optimize the treatment of SAD with light by combining it with a broad spectrum of cognitive and psychoeducational techniques.