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CDI Software Program

Publication Date: 2010
Maria Kovacs, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kovacs has an international reputation for her contributions to the understanding of depressive disorders in childhood and adolescence. She received a Master's degree in education from Columbia University in 1969. Dr. Kovacs attained her doctorate in psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971 and did a post-doctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Norristown State Hospital. Dr. Kovacs is currently Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, where she has been on the faculty since 1977. She ahs published extensively on the topics of depression and suicide and their treatment. In addition to her ongoing research on risk factors for and consequences of juvenile-onset mood disorders, Dr. Kovacs has been involved with various special committees and grant review sections for the National Institute of Mental Health and is a Fellow of the American Psycholoical Society.


The Children’s Depression Inventory 2 (CDI 2) is a comprehensive multi-rater assessment of depressive symptoms in youth aged 7 to 17 years. Depressive symptomatology is quantified by the CDI 2 based on reports from children/adolescents, teachers and parents. Developed based on the Original CDI, the CDI 2 retains many of the essential features of its predecessor and introduces a number of important refinements. The updated version includes new items that focus on the core aspects of childhood depression, revised scales that are more reliable and valid, as well as new norms that are representative of the U.S. population. Also updated and enhanced are the normative samples of the Parent and Teacher forms. Together, the inventories are a family of tools that accurately assess the presence and the severity of depressive symptoms.

Software Scoring
The CDI 2 can be scored using the scoring software by entering responses from a completed paper-and-pencil administration into the software program.