Jami Young, Ph.D. Director of Psychosocial Research

Dr. Young's research is driven by the need to understand what factors predispose youth to depression and the desire to develop, study, and disseminate interventions to help address the unmet needs of youth with mental health problems.Her program of research focuses on three interlocking strands: 1) developing and evaluating preventive interventions for depression; 2) identifying predictors, moderators, and mediators of depression intervention outcomes; and 3) understanding vulnerabilities for youth depression.




Other Titles: 
Director of Psychosocial Research - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Clinical Psychologist - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


B.A. – Cornell University
M.A. – Fordham University
Ph.D. – Fordham University
Post-Doctoral Fellowship – Columbia University

Academic Positions

Academic Positions: 
2011-Present, Consulting Editor, Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Hospital and Administrative Appointments

Hospital and Administrative Appointments: 
2015, Chancellor’s Scholar, Rutgers University
2013, Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, Rutgers University
2009, Gerald Klerman Young Investigator Award, International Society for Interpersonal Psychotherapy
2000, Anu Byravan Award for Excellence in Teaching, Fordham University
1996, Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University

Selected Publications

  1. Cohen, J. R., Spiro, C. N., Young, J. F., Gibb, B. E., Hankin, B. L., & Abela, J. R. Z. (2015). Interpersonal risk profiles for youth depression: A person-centered, multi-wave, longitudinal study. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43, 1415-1426.

  2. Hankin, B. L., Young, J. F., Abela, J. R., Smolen, A., Jenness, J. L., Gulley, L. D.,…Oppenheimer, C. W. (2015). Depression from childhood into late adolescence: Influence of gender, development, genetic susceptibility, and peer stress. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124, 803-816.

  3. Jenness, J., Hankin, B. L., Abela, J. R. Z., Young, J. F., & Smolen, A. (2011). Chronic family stress interacts with 5-HTTLPR to predict prospective depressive symptoms among youth. Depression and Anxiety, 28, 1074-1080.

  4. Young, J. F., Benas, J. S., Schueler, C. M., Gallop, R., Gillham, J. E., & Mufson, L. (2016). A randomized depression prevention trial comparing Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training to group counseling in schools. Prevention Science, 17, 314-324.

  5. Young, J. F., Makover, H. B., Cohen, J. R., Mufson, L., Gallop, R., & Benas, J. S. (2012). Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training: Anxiety outcomes and impact of comorbidity. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 640-653.