Dr. Young is the Director of Psychosocial Research in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Young is a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychosocial interventions for preventing and treating adolescent depression.
Dr. Young has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) for her research on Interpersonal Psychotherapy–Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST), a group preventive intervention for adolescent depression which targets interpersonal vulnerabilities for depression. She has conducted three randomized controlled trials of IPT-AST delivered in schools and has examined the effects of this program on a variety of mental health, interpersonal and school-related outcomes. Currently, Dr. Young is conducting a pilot study of IPT-AST delivered in primary care settings.
In addition to her research, Dr. Young has been involved in national and international efforts to train community clinicians in evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions for adolescent depression. Taken together, Dr. Young’s work aims to decrease the incidence of adolescent depression and increase children’s access to evidence-based assessment, prevention, and treatment of depression and other behavioral health conditions.
Dr. Young received her PhD in clinical psychology from Fordham University. She completed an NIMH-funded post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University. Prior to coming to CHOP, Dr. Young was at Rutgers University where she was an Assistant and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology.