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For Immediate Release: April 10, 2014

The Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) continues its spring lunchtime seminar series April 24th with “Preventing Depression in At-Risk Adolescents: The CATCH-IT Intervention Program,” presented by Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., senior research scientist at WCW and 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.

The CATCH-IT preventive intervention is a primary care, technology-based depression prevention program targeting adolescents who are at risk for depressive illness. The CATCH-IT program includes 14 web modules that teach strategies from behavioral activation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal psychotherapy to strengthen protective factors and reduce vulnerability to depressive disorder. Preliminary studies reveal that the CATCH-IT intervention is acceptable to adolescents, and that the use of this intervention is associated with long-term decreases in depressive symptoms and disorders at follow-ups ranging from six to 12 months. Presently, a randomized controlled trial of the CATCH-IT intervention is underway, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Adolescents from two sites (Chicago and Boston) have been assigned randomly to the CATCH-IT web-based intervention or to a web-based Health Education control intervention. Preliminary data from this trial will be presented in this seminar.

A clinical researcher, 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.

Most lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location, 828 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The programs are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, WCW will provide tea and coffee. Many programs are recorded and audio files posted online at www.wcwonline.org/audioarchive. To confirm program line-up, call 781 283 2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org/calendar.

The Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College is one of the largest gender-focused research-and-action organizations in the world. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.

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