WCW will partner with University of
Illinois at Chicago on a $7 million, multi-year project to evaluate and
compare depression prevention programs for teens. Over $1.6 million of
the award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
will go to WCW.
The randomized, multi-site clinical
trial will test two approaches -- the online intervention CATCH-IT and
an in-person group therapy intervention, POD -- to see which can prevent
depression in teens by helping them feel more hopeful and able to cope
with tough situations.
“Depression is a chronic, episodic
illness that generally begins in adolescence and has long-term effects
on academic, social, and emotional functioning,“ said Tracy Gladstone,
Ph.D., director of the Robert S. and Grace W. Stone Primary Prevention
Initiatives, senior research scientist, and associate director at WCW,
co-principal investigator of the study. “It’s imperative that primary
care doctors -- who are often the first to see early signs of youth
depression -- have access to evidence-based interventions that may
support symptomatic teens before they develop a full-blown depressive
illness,” Dr. Gladstone continued.