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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 2015


    • 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 has her primary appointment in Psychology and Human Development (Peabody) and joint appointments in the Departments of Psychology (Arts and Science) 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 children, and prevention of depression in at-risk youth.

    Dr, Garber coordinated a multi-site study funded by NIMH examining the effectiveness of a cognitive-behavioral program for the prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents offspring of depressed parents.

    In addition, Dr. Garber has conducted two longitudinal studies of offspring of depressed parents.  One study examined the relation between improvement in parents' depression and changes in children's adjustment.  The second longitudinal study examined the role of the family, cognitions, stress, and coping in the development of depression across six years of adolescence.

    Currently, Dr. Garber is (a) studying multiple indicators of positive affect in children of depressed mothers and testing a micro-intervention aimed at increasing positive affect in children through training mothers in positive parenting; and (b) conducting a randomized controlled trial of a Family Cognitive-Behavioral program for the prevention of depression in families of depressed parents, in collaboration with Drs. Bruce Compas and Steven Hollon. 

    With Drs. Lynn Walker and Craig Smith, Dr. Garber also studies psychosocial factors associated with the onset and maintenance of chronic abdominal pain in children. Currently, they are conducting a randomized controlled trial testing the efficacy of an internet-based cognitive-behavioral intervention for children with chronic abdominal pain and their parents.

    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, “Identification of Genetic Markers in Offspring of Depressed Parents: Predictors of Outcome of a Randomized Controlled Prevention Trial.” Innovation and Discovery in Engineering and Science (IDEAS), Vanderbilt University Central.  07/01/10 – 06/30/14
    • Principal Investigator, “Parents' Adherence to Treatment Recommendations: Do It for the Children.” NIMH (1 RC1 MH088329), 09/30/09 – 08/31/12.