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Judy Garber

Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair; Professor of Psychology and Human Development;
Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Science; Professor of Psychiatry; Investigator, Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

Judy Garber, Ph.D. Her research focuses on the etiology, course, outcome, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders in children and adolescents. She studies social-cognitive, environmental, biological, and interpersonal factors that contribute to the onset and maintenance of mood disorders. Dr. Garber is interested in the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral interventions with depressed adolescents, and the prevention of depression, particularly in high-risk offspring of depressed parents.

Dr. Garber’s current research includes (a) a multi-site, NIMH-funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing a family-based cognitive-behavioral/coping intervention for the prevention of depression in offspring of depressed parents; (b) an examination of developmental skills needed for a child to learn the skills taught in cognitive therapy (e,g,m Theory of Mind); (c) a study examining the relations among theory of mind, cognitive inhibition, and depressive symptoms in children; and (d) the development of measures of parenting behaviors.

In addition, Dr. Garber has conducted a study testing the efficacy of a program for preventing depressive symptoms in high school students, a longitudinal study of the impact on children of their parents receiving treatment for depression, a six-year longitudinal study of the contribution of cognitions, stress, family relationships, and coping in the development of depression during adolescence, a laboratory study aimed at identifying predictors of negative cognitions in young children, and a study testing the efficacy of a short-term, experimental interventions for enhancing positive affect systems in children of depressed parents.

In collaboration with Lynn Walker, PhD, Dr. Garber also studies risk factors associated with the onset and maintenance of chronic abdominal pain (CAP) in children, and is currently collaborating on a study of an internet-based cognitive behavioral program for children with CAP.

Garber is director of an NIMH-funded training program in the "Development of Psychopathology: From Brain and Behavioral Science to Intervention."

Research Areas

  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Prevention and treatment of depression
  • Developmental skills needed for successful engagement in cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Stress and coping
  • Illness behavior in children

Funded Research:

Current

  • Multiple Principal Investigators: Compas & Garber.  NIMH (R01MH100258), “Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention of Depression in Youth and Parents.” 03/01/14 – 02/28/19 
  • Co‑Principal Investigator (Lynn Walker, P.I.), NIH (R01HD076983), "Predicting treatment response in pediatric functional abdominal pain."  04/01/14 – 03/31/19
  • Principal Investigator, NIMH (2 T32 MH018921-21A1). “Development of Psychopathology: From Brain and Behavioral Science to Intervention” 07/01/15-06/30/20

Recent Past

  • Principal Investigator, NIMH (R01MH64735), “Prevention of depression: Impact on the transition to early adulthood.” 3/1/09 – 2/28/15
  • Principal Investigator, “Parents' Adherence to Treatment Recommendations: Do It for the Children.” NIMH (1 RC1 MH088329), 09/30/09 – 08/31/12.

 

Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall, 2018

Representative Publications

Garber, J., Weersing, V.R., Hollon, S.D., Porta, G., Clarke, G.N., Dickerson, J., Beardslee, W.R., Lynch, F.L., Gladstone, T.G., Shamseddeen, W., & Brent, D. (in press). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: Moderators of long-term response. Prevention Science. NIHMSID 756612 Publ.ID: 2016-02-01_0014

Morris, M.C., Kouros, C.D., Janecek, K., Freeman, R., Mielock, A., & Garber, J. (in press). Community-level moderators of a school-based childhood sexual assault prevention program. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Goodman, S., & Garber, J. (2017). Evidence-based interventions for depressed mothers and their young children. Child Development. 88(2), 368-377. 

Brunwasser, S.M., & Garber, J. (2016). Programs for the prevention of youth depression: Evaluation of efficacy, effectiveness, and readiness for dissemination. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(6), 763-783.

Garber, J., Brunwasser, S., Zerr, A.A., Schwartz, K.T.G., Sova, K., & Weersing, V.R. (2016). Treatment and prevention of depression and anxiety in youth: Test of cross-over effects. Depression and Anxiety 33, 939–959. 

Garber, J., Frankel, S.A., & Herrington, C.G. (2016). Developmental demands of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in children and adolescents: Cognitive, social, and emotional processes. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 181-216. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032814-112836

Evans, L.D., Kouros, C.D., Samanez-Larkin, S., & Garber, J. (2016). Concurrent and short-term prospective relations among neurocognitive functioning, coping, and depressive symptoms in youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(1), 6-20. 

Klimes-Dougan, B., & Garber, J. (2016). Regulatory control in adolescents with depression: Findings from neuroimaging and neuropsychological research. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(1), 1-5.

Korelitz, K., & Garber, J. (2016). Congruence of parents' and children's perceptions of parenting: A meta-analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(10). 1973-1995.   

Evans, L.D., Kouros, C.D., Frankel, S.A., McCauley, E., Diamond, G.S., Schloredt, K.A., & Garber, J. (2015). Longitudinal relations between stress and depressive symptoms in youth: Coping as a mediator. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology43(2), 355–368.

Hellman, N., Morris, M.C., Rau, U., & Garber, J. (2015). Depression history as a moderator of relations between cortisol and shame responses to social-evaluative threat in young adults. Biological Psychology, 109, 159–165.

Morris, M.C., Evans, L.D., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2015). Executive function moderates the relation between coping and depressive symptoms. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 28(1):31-49.

Kouros, C.D., & Garber, J. (2014). Trajectories of individual depressive symptoms in adolescents: Gender and family relationships as predictors. Developmental Psychology, 50(12), 2633-2643.

Morris, M.C., Kouros, C.D., Hellman, N., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2014). Two prospective studies of changes in stress generation across depressive episodes in adolescents and emerging adults. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1385-1400.

Beardslee, W.R., Brent, D.A., Weersing, V.R., Clarke, G.N., Porta, G., Hollon, S.D., Gladstone, T.R.G., Gallop, R., Lynch, F.L., Iyengar, S., DeBar, L., & Garber, J. (2013). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: Longer-term effects. Journal of the American Medical Association - Psychiatry, 70(11), 1161-1170.

Kouros, C.D., Quasem, S L, & Garber, J. (2013). Dynamic temporal relations between anxious and depressive symptoms across adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 683-697.

Morris, M.C., Rao, U., Wang, L., & Garber, J. (2013). Cortisol reactivity to experimentally manipulated psychosocial stress in young adults at varied risk for depression. Depression and Anxiety.

Morris, M.C., Compas, B.E., & Garber, J. (2012). Relations among Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, comorbid Major Depression, and HPA Function: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(4), 301-315.  

Carter, J.S., & Garber, J. (2011). Predictors of the first onset of a major depressive episode and changes in depressive symptoms across adolescence: Stress and negative cognitions Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120(4), 779–796.

Garber, J., Ciesla, J.A., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., & Schloredt, K.A, (2011). Remission of depression in parents: Links to healthy functioning in their children. Child Development, 82(1), 244–261.

Garber, J., & Cole, D.A. (2010). Intergenerational transmission of depression: A launch and grow model of change across adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 22(4), 819-830.

Garber, J., Clarke, G., Weersing, V. R., Beardslee, W.R., Brent, D., Gladstone, T., Debar, L., Lynch, F., D'Angelo, E., Hollon, S.D., Shamseddeen, W., & Iyengar, S. (2009). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 301(21), 2215-2224.

Horowitz, J.L., Garber, J., Ciesla, J.A., Young, J., & Mufson, L. (2007). Prevention of depressive symptoms in adolescents: A randomized trial of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal prevention programs. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 693-706.

Garber, J. (2006). Depression in children and adolescents: Linking risk research and prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 31, Supplement 1,104-125.

Horowitz, J.L., & Garber, J. (2006). The prevention of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 401-415.

 


Honors

  • W. T. Grant Faculty Scholar, 1988-1993
  • Boyd R. McCandless Young Scientist Award for Research in Developmental Psychology, 1992
  • David Shakow Young Investigator Award from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 1995
  • Independent Scientist Career Development Award, National Institute of Mental Health, 2003-2008.
  • Chancellor's Research Award, 2010, Vanderbilt University
  • Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair 2017-current