Web-based Training on
the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD)
The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD) is one of the most widely used outcome measures in clinical studies of depression. In this interactive tutorial, you will learn the principles and general guidelines for administering and scoring the HAMD, as well as a review of the concepts and scoring conventions for each of the 17 HAMD items. Interactive video vignettes illustrating the concepts and scoring conventions are utilized, followed by interactive self-testing of your knowledge in order to reinforce learning. Video illustrations of patients with all levels of severity for each item will be provided.
Course Overview
Research & Evidence
CE Credits
The course provides 2.5 Continuing Education credits.
A certificate of completion will be issued after all modules are completed.
The Center for Telepsychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Telepsychology maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.
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Web-based Training on the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD)
The cost of the course is $99.
This course reviews the general guidelines for administering and scoring the HAMD, a detailed explanation of the constructs being evaluated by each of the HAMD items, and the scoring conventions for each item.
“Everything was nicely done on-line. It would be especially useful for newer raters.”
“This was the most useful and comprehensive training I have received to date.”
“I especially appreciated the guidelines that were provided.”
The course was developed with research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant #N43MH12049) to improve inter-rater rater reliability on the HAMD and to facilitate dissemination and quality of HAMD training. Results from a 22-center phase II depression trial found the tutorial significantly improved trainees’ knowledge on the administration and scoring of the HAMD, with high levels of user satisfaction.
Course Authors
The course was developed by Drs. Kenneth Kobak and Joshua Lipsitz, thought leaders in the field of clinical assessment and rater training.

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