University of Pittsburgh, USA
Maria Kovacs is a Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She is an internationally recognized expert in childhood onset depression. With Aaron T. Beck and Arlene Weissman, Kovacs co-authored a study establishing a correlation between suicide and hopelessness. Some time later, Prof. Kovacs published the Children’s Depression Inventory (CDI), which was largely based on the Beck Depression Inventory, used worldwide ever since. Her work has laid the foundation for much of the subsequent progress in mood disorders. Furthermore, Kovacs is a fellow of numerous professional organizations, including the Association for Psychological Science, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Psychological Association. She received the 2013 Paul Hoch Award from the American Psychopathological Association in recognition of her research into psychopathology. Prof. Kovacs has served on the advisory committees for both the third and fourth editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III and DSM-IV), which provides the standard criteria for the classification of mental disorders for the American Psychiatric Association.