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Susanna Sutherland, PhD


Research Area: Clinical Science


Prevention of depression and other psychopathology in offspring of depressed parents, intergenerational transmission of depression

In 2022, Susanna completed an APPIC-accredited clinical internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She currently works on three projects. The first project is 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. The second is a longitudinal study examining a psychosocial self-management intervention for interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome. The third is examining associations between psychological distress and urological pain in women.

Clinical internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center included placements at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, Women's Mental Health, and Urology. Previously completed practicums included training in the Adult Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic, Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody, Vanderbilt Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and the Behavioral Health Oncology/Hematology department, all under the umbrella of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Representative Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Sutherland, S.Nestor, B. A., Pine, A., Garber, J. (2021). Characteristics of maternal depression and children's functioning: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Family Psychology. 

Sutherland, S. & Nestor, B. A. (2021). Theory of Mind and Suicidality: A Meta-Analysis. Archives of Suicide Research, 1-22.

Nestor, B. A., Sutherland, S., Kouros, C. D., Brunwasser, S. M., Hollon, S. D., Weersing, V. R., Gladstone, T. R. G., Clarke, G., Beardslee, W., Brent, D., Garber, J. (2020). Effects of an Adolescent Depression Prevention Program on Maternal Criticisms and Positive Remarks. Journal of Family Psychology.

Sutherland, S., Brunwasser, S. M., Nestor, B. A. G. W., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., Scholoredt, K., & Garber, J. (2019). Prospective relations between parents’ depressive symptoms and children’s explanatory style. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Sutherland, S., & Brunwasser, S. M. (2018). Sex differences in vulnerability to prenatal stress: A review of the recent literature. Current Psychiatry Reports.

Manuscripts Under Review

Pine, A. E., Abiante, G., Sutherland, S., & Garber, J. (under review). Predictors of sleep-problem trajectors across adolescence. 

Nestor, B. A., Sutherland, S., Garber, J. (under review). Theory of mind in depression: A meta-analysis.

Goodman, S. H., Cullum, K. A., Garber, J., Korelitz, K., Sutherland, S., & Stewart, J. (under review). A positive parenting program to enhance positive affect in children of mothers with a history of depression.