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(615) 343-8712
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  • Clinical Science
  • Quantitative Methods
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    Ph.D. (University of Houston, 1983)

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    Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2016

    David Cole

    Patricia and Rodes Hart Professor of Psychology and Human Development

    Professor Cole's research interests center around development psychopathology in general and childhood depression in particular. Working from the premise that the origins and perpetuation of mental illness have large interpersonal components, he studies the relation between childhood depression and patterns of parent-child interactions, peer relations, and competency-based feedback from significant others.

    He further suggests that cognitive models of depression must take into consideration the level of the child's cognitive development. His studies imply that adult models of depression need substantial modification when applied to children.

    Related interests include the assessment of childhood disorders and the prediction of adolescent suicide. Understanding suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior in the context of adolescent development, is an underlying theme of this research. Other areas of research include developing new methodologies for clinical and psychopathology research, validating clinical assessment instruments, and examining change in non-experimental research designs.