Jesse Wright, MD, PhD
Jesse Wright, MD, PhD

The causes of procrastination and how to combat the behavior are the focus of the “Building Hope” public lecture on Thursday, Jan. 11.

Jesse Wright, MD, PhD, director of the University of Louisville Depression Center and the Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry, will present “Break Through Procrastination: Unlock Your Potential.” The event is part of the “Building Hope” lecture series sponsored by the UofL Depression Center and will be held at 7 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road.

Wright will explain why people avoid tasks that need to be accomplished and offer methods for overcoming the practice.

“Procrastination saps your strengths,” Wright said. “If you can break free from procrastination, you will liberate your strengths.”

Wright is the principal author of seven books on cognitive behavioral therapy and the first multimedia computer program for depression treatment. He lectures widely on mood disorders, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychopharmacology and computer-aided psychotherapy.