Dr. Young's research is driven by the need to understand what factors predispose youth to depression and the desire to develop, study, and disseminate interventions to help address the unmet needs of youth with mental health problems. Her research focuses on the following areas: 1) developing and evaluating a preventive intervention for depression, Interpersonal Psychotherapy - Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST); 2) identifying predictors, moderators, and mediators of depression intervention outcomes; and 3) understanding vulnerabilities for youth depression. Currently, she is conducting a 5-year study, funded by NIMH, of IPT-AST in New Jersey schools. She is also the principal investigator of a two-site study which will examine the benefits of matching youth to prevention programs that address their cognitive or interpersonal risks for depression. This study compares IPT-AST and Coping with Stress, a cognitive-behavioral prevention program, for youth who have been followed longitudinally in our risk factor study.
PLEASE NOTE: DR. YOUNG WILL NOT BE ACCEPTING PHD OR PSYD STUDENTS FOR 2017-2018
Instructor for the Following Courses:
Clinical Interviewing and Assessment Interpersonal Psychotherapy
Awards and Honors:
Dr. Young was awarded the Gerald Klerman Young Investigator Award in 2009 from the International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy.
Dr. Young was awarded the Board of Trustees Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence from Rutgers University in 2013.
Young, J. F., Gallop, R., & Mufson, L. (2009). Mother-child conflict and its moderating effects on depression outcomes in a preventive intervention for adolescent depression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 696-704.
Young, J. F., Mufson, L., & Gallop, R. (2010). Preventing depression: A randomized trial of Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 426-433.
Hankin, B. L., Nederhof, E., Oppenheimer, C. W., Jenness, J. L., Young, J. F., Abela, J. R. Z., Smolen, A., Ormel, J., & Oldehinkel, A. J. (2011). Differential susceptibility in youth: Evidence that 5-HTTLPR x positive parenting is associated with positive affect “for better and worse.” Translational Psychiatry, 1, e44.