CHSE’s Choate Publishes Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan

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Laura H. Choate, Ed.D., LPC

February 19, 2020


BATON ROUGE–Recently, LSU School of Education Professor Laura H. Choate, Ed.D., LPC, published Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: Treatment Essentials for Mental Health Professionals.

"Laura Choate has written a must-read book that explores the developmental transitions that girls and women experience that may make them vulnerable to depression,” says Heather Trepal, PhD, professor of counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio and president of the American Counseling Association. 

“Included are important clinical insights and research-informed practices that can influence treatment,” she continues.“Every mental health professional should have a copy of this book!"  

Written in a clear, concise style, the book provides mental health professionals with real-world solutions for effective, gender-informed, depression-focused treatments tailored to girls’ and women’s unique needs. 

By taking a broad biopsychosocial approach, Choate explores the onset and experience of depression in women during:

  • puberty and the transition to adolescence;
  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder and a woman’s transition through monthly cycles;
  • pregnancy, postpartum, and the transition to motherhood;
  • perimenopause and the transition to menopause.  

The Jo Ellen Levy Yates Professor  at Louisiana State University and a licensed professional counselor, Choate has 40 publications in journals and books, most of which have been related to girls’ and women’s mental health. 

She is the author of five books: Girls' and Women’s Wellness: Contemporary Counseling Issues and Interventions, Eating Disorders and Obesity: A Counselor’s Guide to Prevention and Treatment (edited), Adolescent Girls in Distress: A Guide to Mental Health Treatment and Prevention, Swimming Upstream: Parenting Girls for Resilience in a Toxic Culture, and her latest Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan: Treatment Essentials for Mental Health Professionals.


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Depression in Girls and Women Across the Lifespan cover



About LSU School of Education (SOE)
A school of the College of Human Sciences & Education, SOE offers undergraduate programs for students who want to pursue a career as a pre-kindergarten through 12th grade teacher or acquire dual certification in both traditional elementary and special education classrooms. Besides providing graduate certification in early childhood education and instructional coaching, SOE offers a master’s degree in arts, arts in teaching, education (MEd), education in counseling (MEd), certificate of education specialist (EdS) and PhD. The School’s mission is to prepare educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues.


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About LSU College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE)
Located on the flagship campus in Baton Rouge, the College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, the University Laboratory School and the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool. These combined schools offer eight undergraduate degree programs, 20 graduate programs, and seven online graduate degree and/or certificate programs. CHSE current enrollment includes approximately1,800 undergraduates and more than 1,900 graduate students. CHSE is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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Adrian Hirsch
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education

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