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Dr. Dorothy Rowe (born December 1930) is an Australian psychologist and author, whose area of interest is depression. Dr. Rowe currently resides in the United Kingdom.

Rowe came to England in her forties, working at Sheffield University and was the head of Lincolnshire Department of Clinical Psychology.[1] In addition to her published works on depression, she is a regular columnist in the UK.[2][3]

She spent her time working with depressed patients and, through listening to their stories, came to reject the medical model of mental illness, instead working within personal construct theory. She believes that depression is a result of beliefs which do not enable a person to live comfortably with themselves or the world. Most notably it is the belief in a "Just World" (that the bad are punished and the good rewarded) that exacerbates feelings of fear and anxiety if disaster strikes. Part of recovering is accepting that the external world is unpredictable and that we control relatively little of it.

The BBC were required to apologise to Dorothy Rowe in 2009 after the production editing of her radio interview misrepresented her views on the impact of religion in providing structure to people's lives.[4]

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  1. Newnes, C. (2001) Dr Dorothy Rowe 1930 - still going strong Clinical Psychology, 7, 9-10
  2. Guardian Profile on Dorothy Rowe. URL accessed on 2009-08-31.
  3. List of articles on Dorothy Rowe website. URL accessed on 2009-08-31.
  4. Telegraph News item. URL accessed on 2009-08-31.

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