Tracy R.G. Gladstone
Senior Research Scientist
Director, Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives
Ph.D., Emory University
Research interests include the development, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of preventive intervention programs for children and adolescents at risk for depression, with a focus on at-risk families
Tracy R. G. Gladstone, Ph.D., is an associate director and senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women as well as the inaugural director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention Initiatives, which aims to research, develop, and evaluate programs to prevent the onset of depression and other mental health concerns in children and adolescents. She is also an assistant in psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a research scientist at Judge Baker Children’s Center.
At the Wellesley Centers for Women, Gladstone is continuing her work evaluating a primary care, Internet-based depression prevention intervention for at-risk adolescents in a multi-site, federally funded trial. She continues her work understanding teen and parent responses to a group cognitive-behavioral intervention program for adolescents with a depressed parent who themselves have experienced depressive symptoms/disorder. As a senior member of the Baer Prevention Initiatives Dissemination Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, she is working on developing and disseminating web-based educational resources for clinicians and for parents who are concerned about depression. She has served as a senior member of the Preventive Intervention Project research team at Judge Baker Children’s Center, which compares two family-based prevention programs for early adolescents at risk for depression because they have a parent with a depressive disorder. She also has developed and piloted a cognitive-behavioral group intervention for women who are recovering from fistula repair surgery in Ethiopia.
Gladstone directs the Natick Depression Prevention project, which uses a school-based approach to prevent depression and suicidal behavior in middle and high school students. This program includes efforts to increase mental health literacy in the community by providing educational programming to teens, parents, and school faculty/administrators; by offering individual depression screenings to all adolescents; and by providing support in obtaining access to mental health resources when necessary, and providing follow-up when indicated.
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. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed manuscripts reporting the results of her research endeavors and has taken an active role in teaching about depression, prevention, and intervention in local, national, and international settings.
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 Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gladstone continued her research on building resilience in children and adolescents at risk for depression.