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Dr. Young's Lab

Current Lab Research is focusing on

  • Understanding the processes whereby depressive symptoms lead to distress and impairment
  • Developing a performance based measure of attributions about seasonal symptoms
  • Assessing seasonal symptomatology in students moving from the south to the north to attend college
  • Understanding group differences in psychopathology. Are there gender/ethnic/sexual identity differences in the nature of depression? Are measures of depression severity bias based on these groups?
  • Assessing outcome and patterns of mood response in chronotherapy for bipolar depression

Current Graduate Students

Michelle Coleman

Masters (2006). Measuring stress in African American women.
Abstract
Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy. Washington, D.C.
Dissertation (in progress). Custodial grandparenting in young African American grandmothers: Exploring the stress process model and forms of adaptive coping.
Internship (2010-2011) Temple University Health Sciences Center

Sarah Getch

Masters (2009). Evaluating a new questionnaire for assessing level of functioning.
Dissertation (in progress). Risk factors associated with postpartum depressive symptoms: A focus on anxiety during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Internship (2010-2011) Northwestern University, Department of Psychiatry

Cynthia Weinstein

Masters (2008). Developmental precursors of depressive rumination: The relationships among attachment style, sociotropy/autonomy/ and rumination. Poster presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. Philadelphia, PA.
Dissertation (in progress). The effects of different written disclosure interventions and the mechanisms of action responsible for reducing maladaptive rumination.

Shandra Brown-Levy

Dissertation (2010). How mood inductions alter mood and their impact on cognitive vulnerabilities to depression.
Internship (2009-10), Park Center, Inc., Fort Wayne, IN.
Post Doctoral Resident (2010-2011), Samaritan Counseling Network, Greeley, CO

Laura Benson

Masters (2009). Circadian rhythmicity in positive and negative affect and its relationship to depression, neuroticism, and extraversion. Poster presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Iowa City, IA.

Justin Birnholz

Masters (2009) Assessing depression in gay and heterosexual women.
Poster presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Bonnie Yap

Masters (2010). Gender differences in the construct and measurement of martial satisfaction.

Bjorn Hanson

Masters (2010). Development of a theory of the causes of distress and impairment in depression  Poster presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Katherine Burg Meyers

Masters (in progress). Developing an implicit associations test for assessing attitudes toward symptoms in people with seasonal affective disorder.

Eren Roubal

Masters (in progress). Examining how seasonality may emerge and contribute to college adjustment when students move from the South to the North. Also examining predictors of seasonal depression in this group.

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Rachel Gabelman

Masters (in progress). Examining how seasonality may emerge and contribute to college adjustment when students move from the South to the North. Also examining predictors of seasonal depression in this group.

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Precious Ogu

Began 2010

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Paul Hutman

Began 2010

Recent Graduates

Megan Freese

Staff psychologist, Salisbury NC VA Medical Center
Masters (2005). Gender differences in behavioral activation and inhibition.
Dissertation (2009) The Effects of Bipolar Disorder Comorbidity on Clients' Beliefs about Responsibility for Substance Abuse and Stages of Change.
Internship (2008-09) Salisbury NC VA Medical Center**
 

Stephanie Northington

Staff psychologist, Chicago Children's Clinic
Masters (2005). Gender differences in attributional style.
Dissertation (2009) A psychometric evaluation of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functioning for assessing attentional deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Internship (2008-09) Chicago Children's Clinic
 

Dror Ben-Zeev

Assistant Professor, College of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology
Masters (2004). The accuracy of recall of positive and negative affect in depressed inpatients and normals.
Dissertation (2007). Retrospective recall of affect in clinically depressed participants and controls. Abstract. In press, Cognition and Emotion.
Internship, postdoc (2007-089). University of California, San Diego
 

Justin Enggasser

Staff Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System
Dissertation (2004).Cognitive vulnerability to depression in seasonal affective disorder: Validation of the dual vulnerability model. Abstract
Staff Psychologist, VA Boston Healthcare System
Internship (2005-06) Boston VA Consortium
Postdoctoral fellow, VA Boston Healthcare System
 

Julie Kabat Friedman

Private Practice
Masters (1998). Self-esteem as a mediator in the relationship between self-perceived physical attractiveness and depression. Abstract
Dissertation (2003). Gender differences in the overnight regulation of anxious mood, negative affect, and positive affect. Abstract
Internship (2001-02). University of Indiana Medical School
 

Jennifer Gorski

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology; Director, Developmental Disorders Clinic
Institute for Juvenile Research, The University of Illinois at Chicago
Masters (1999). Sociotropy/autonomy, self-construal, response style and gender in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 32(3), 423-478. Abstract
Dissertation (2003). Predictors of adjustment in parents of children with autistic spectrum disorders. Abstract
Internship (2001-02). Detroit Children's Hospital
 

Deepa Rao

Research Assistant Professor, Global Health, Department of Public Health, University of Washington
Masters (2000). Gender differences in the manifestation of depression.
Dissertation (2004). Culture, somatization, and psychological distress in India and the United States. Abstract
Winner of student research Award of Merit from APA Division 52 (International Psychology)
Internship (2001-02). Allendale Association/Bradley Counseling Center
 

Annemarie Reardon

Project Coordinator, National Center for PTSD, Boston VA Healthcare System
Masters (2003). Remission of seasonal affective symptoms. Abstract
Dissertation (2006) An Exploratory Study of SAD Symptoms over the Course of Remission. Abstract
Internship and Post doc (2005 - 07) Bedford Massachusetts VA Medical Center
 

Melissa Marquart

Clinical Neuropsychologist, Aurora-BayCare Medical Center (Green Bay, WI)
Dissertation (2003). Metamemory in electrical injury patients: The impact of depression and executive functioning. Abstract
Internship (2001-02). Oak Forest Hospital.
 

Laura Schmitt

Masters (2000).Clustering of symptoms across the offset of seasonal affective disorder. Abstract
Dissertation (2004). The Impact of Education on Language Test Performance in Cortical and Subcortical Dementia. Abstract
Internship (2002-03). North Chicago VA Medical Center
 

Liat Ayalon

Lecturer, School of Social Work, Bar Ilan University
Masters (2000). A Comparison of Depressive Symptoms in African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans. Abstract
Dissertation (2002). An Explanatory Model of Racial Variations in Illness Behaviors. Abstract
Internship and Post doc (2002 - 04). University of California, San Francisco.
 

Sarah Landsberger

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dissertation (2005). Efficacy of Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation Training in the Chronically Mentally Ill.
Internship (2004-05). University of Indiana Medical Center

Selected Lab Publications

Ayalon, L., Young, M.A. (2003). A comparison of depressive symptom in African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 34, 111-124. Abstract.

Ayalon, L. & Young, M.A. (2005). Racial group differences in help-seeking behaviors. Journal of Social Psychology. 145, 391-403.

Ayalon, L. & Young, M.A. (2009). Using the SCL-90-R to assess distress in African Americans and Caucasian Americans. Journal of Black Studies 39, 420 - 433. Abstract.

Ben-Zeev. D., Young, M.A,  Madsen, J.  (2009). Retrospective recall of affect in depressed individuals and controls. Cognition and Emotion. Abstract.

Ben-Zeev, D., young, M.A. (2010). Accuracy of hospitalized depressed patients and healthy controls retrospective symptom report: An experience sampling study. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 198, 280-285.

Birnholz, J., Young, M.A. (submitted). Is she depressed like me? Evaluating the depressive symptom profiles of lesbians, bisexual and heterosexual women.

Birnholz, J., Young, M.A. (submitted). How complex is it? Assessing sexual orientation in women.

Burgess, H.J., Fogg, L.F., Young, M.A., Eastman, C.I. (2004). Bright light therapy for winter depression: Is phase advancing beneficial. Chronobiology International, 12, 1-17.

Engasser, J.L., Young, M.A. (2007). Cognitive vulnerability to depression in seasonal affective disorder: Predicting mood and cognitive symptoms in people with seasonal vegetative changes. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31(1), 3-21. Abstract.

Gorski, J., Young, M.A. (2002). Sociotropy/autonomy, self-construal, response style and gender in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 32(3), 423-478. Abstract

Gross, D., Fogg, L.F., Young, M.A., Ridge, A., Cowell, J.M., Richardson, R., Sivan, A. (2006) The validity of the Child Behavior Checklist with young children of color controlling for race/ethnicity, income level, and language. Psychological Assessment, 18, 313-323.

Rao, D., Young, M.A., Raguram, R. (2007). Culture, somatization, and psychological distress: A study of symptom presentation in South Indian patients from a public psychiatric hospital. Psychopathology, 40, 349-355. Abstract.

Young, M.A. & Yap, B.J. (2009). Psychological and biological traits in seasonal affective disorder and seasonality. In Partonen, T. and Pandi-Perumal, S.R. (Eds.), Seasonal Affective Disorder: Practice and Research, 189-208. Oxford University Press.

Young, M.A. & Azam, O. (2003). Ruminative response style and the severity of seasonal affective disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 27, 223-232. Abstract.

Young, M.A., Blodgett, C. & Reardon, A. (2003). Measuring seasonality: psychometric properties of the SPAQ and ISV. Psychiatry Research, 117(1), 75-83. Abstract.

Young, M.A., Reardon, A. (2003). Changes in energy/motivation around the spring equinox. Chronobiology International, 20, 1155-1156.

Young, M.A., Reardon, A., Azam, O. (2008). Rumination and vegetative symptoms: A test of the Dual Vulnerability Model of seasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32:567. Abstract.