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(615) 343-8714
313B Hobbs

Research Area

  • Clinical Science
  • Developmental Science
  • Education

    Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, 1987)

    Curriculum Vitae


    Definitely interested in accepting new graduate students for Fall 2016


    • American Psychological Association
    • American Psychological Society
    • Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapy
    • International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
    • Society for Prevention Research
    • Society for Research on Child Development
    • Society for Research on Adolescence
    • Society for Research in Psychopathology

    Judy Garber

    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., Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Psychology, and Psychiatry. Her research focuses on the etiology, course, outcome, treatment, and prevention of depression 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) a study testing the efficacy of a short-term, experimental interventions for enhancing positive affect systems in children of depressed parents; (c) an examination of developmental skills needed for a child to learn the skills taught in cognitive therapy; 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, and a laboratory study aimed at identifying predictors of negative cognitions in young children.

    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:

    • Multiple Principal Investigators: Compas & Garber.  NIMH (R01MH100258), “Family Cognitive Behavioral Prevention of Depression in Youth and Parents.” 03/01/14 – 02/28/19 
    • Principal Investigator, NIMH (R01MH64735), “Prevention of depression: Impact on the transition to early adulthood.” 3/1/09 – 2/28/15
    • 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” 07/01/10-06/30/15
    • Principal Investigator, “Parents' Adherence to Treatment Recommendations: Do It for the Children.” NIMH (1 RC1 MH088329), 09/30/09 – 08/31/12.