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  Institute for Research on
Youth Depression and Prevention

Prospective Graduate Students


Dr. Young mentors students in both the Psy.D. and Ph.D. programs. 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.

Dr. Young accepts PhD students who are interested in a career primarily focused on conducting research on the elucidation of factors contributing to adolescent depression and the evaluation of depression interventions for adolescents. Students who have strong research experience before applying would also match well with our team.

Dr. Young will not be accepting Ph.D. or Psy.D. students for the 2017-2018 academic year.