Preventing Youth Depression
Adolescent depression is a public health issue that demands attention and action. To help prevent depression before it starts, Tracy Gladstone, Ph.D., senior research scientist, and her colleagues developed CATCH-IT, a web-based primary care intervention program for teens at risk for depression. Results from a federally-funded clinical trial of the program suggest that at-risk teens who engage with technology-based interventions through primary care may experience decreased depressive symptoms over time. In April and May 2018, Gladstone discussed this data in presentations and poster sessions at the Annual Meeting of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America in Washington, D.C.; a Wellesley Centers for Women Lunchtime Seminar; and the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Toronto, Canada.