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Youth Depression and Prevention

Our Team

Jami Young

Jami F. Young, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Jami Young is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fordham University and then completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Young developed Interpersonal Psychotherapy – Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST), a depression prevention program based on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression (IPT-A).  She has conducted three randomized controlled trials of IPT-AST, with two others underway. Dr. Young has trained and supervised over 50 clinicians in IPT-A and IPT-AST. At Rutgers, Dr. Young teaches graduate-level courses on psychotherapy and supervises graduate students on their clinical work and research projects. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, urban adventures, and spending time with her family.

Jessica Benas, Ph.D., Project Coordinator,
Personalized Depression Prevention

Dr. Jessica Benas graduated with a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University. She is the Project Coordinator for the Personalized Depression Prevention Project and was the Project Coordinator for the Depression Prevention Initiative. In addition to her work on the two projects and providing clinical supervision for psychology doctoral graduate students, Dr. Benas also teaches a graduate level course at Rutgers on Child Psychopathology. In her free time, she enjoys theater, reading, and playing volleyball and tennis.  

Marissa Sbrilli, B.A, Research Assistant,
Personalized Depression Prevention

Marissa received her B.A. in psychology from Quinnipiac University. During her senior year she completed a thesis on mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, which culminated in a discussion of routes for personalized treatments for individuals with comorbid anxiety and depression. Other highlights of her undergraduate experience include an internship at a high school for students with emotional and behavioral disorders as well as completing an independent research study examining emerging adults' perceptions regarding cyber psychological abuse. Marissa plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in the future. In her spare time, she enjoys doing yoga, hiking and spoiling her dogs.