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Youth Depression and Prevention

Current Research

Personalized Depression Prevention

Personalized Depression Prevention (PDP) is an NIMH-funded study. The purpose of the PDP project is to understand which depression prevention programs would be most beneficial for different teenagers. This study consists of two parts. In the first part of the study, adolescents and parents participate in periodic evaluations that assess youth mental health and functioning pre-prevention. In the second part of the study, adolescents participate in one of two group prevention programs for depression: an interpersonal program (Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training) and a cognitive-behavioral program (Coping with Stress). Adolescents and parents then complete evaluations to examine the effects of these programs. This project will answer questions about the benefits of personalized prevention and the impact of these prevention programs on risk factors for youth depression.

Recruitment for PDP has ended. PDP data collection will continue through May 2019.

Depression Prevention Initiative

The Depression Prevention Initiative (DPI) research project focuses on the prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents. To help schools address the problem of adolescent depression, Dr. Young has developed Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST). The intervention teaches adolescents new ways of communicating with important people in their lives. In this study, we are examining the effectiveness of IPT-AST at preventing depression in at-risk adolescents as compared to the effectiveness of programs typically offered in school settings.


Recruitment for DPI has ended. DPI data collection was completed June 2015.