Tracy R.G. Gladstone, Ph.D.

Senior Research Scientist
Director, Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives

Tracy Gladstone is the inaugural director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives, which focuses on research and evaluation designed to prevent the onset of mental health concerns in children and adolescents. She is an assistant in psychology at Children’s Hospital, Boston, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a research scientist at Judge Baker Children’s Center.

Dr. Gladstone earned her undergraduate degree at Brown University and her doctorate in clinical psychology at Emory University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Judge Baker Children’s Center and Children’s Hospital, Boston, Dr. Gladstone continued her research on building resilience in children and adolescents at risk for depression. She has served as a senior member of the Preventive Intervention Project research team, which compares two family-based prevention programs for early adolescents at risk for depression because they have a parent with a depressive disorder. She has also worked with colleagues at the University of Chicago to develop a parent component to an internet-based prevention program for adolescents at risk for depression. And, in recent years, she has served as a co-Principal Investigator on a federally funded, multi-site study of a cognitive-behavioral intervention program for adolescents at risk for depression.

Dr. Gladstone holds a health service provider psychologist license in Massachusetts and has been trained in evidence-based clinical prevention and intervention protocols. She has conducted prevention-oriented work with children and families, and she has served as a clinical supervisor for researchers working with depressed families, as well as for clinical trainees.

At the Wellesley Centers for Women, Dr. Gladstone is continuing her work evaluating a group cognitive-behavioral intervention program for adolescents with a depressed parent who themselves have experienced depressive symptoms/disorder. She is also developing a new research program that focuses on sibling relationships in stressed families. Specifically, she is exploring ways that depression impairs parents’ abilities to respond to their children with warmth and consistency, which in turn is associated with more conflictual sibling relationships, and with more internalizing and externalizing problems in youth. Ultimately, she looks forward to developing, piloting, implementing and evaluating a sibling-based preventive intervention program for families with parental depression.

Learn about Dr. Gladstone's project on the prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents in this video: