Professor of Psychology and Human Development; Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Psychology, College of Arts and Science; Director, Developmental Psychopathology Research Training Program
Garber's research program focuses on developmental psychopathology. She studies biopsychosocial processes underlying the development and maintenance of emotional disorders, particularly depression and somatization with the goal of developing preventive interventions for children and adolescents. Garber's funded research has examined cognitive vulnerability and family dysfunction among offspring of depressed parents. Moreover, she has been exploring factors (e.g., the family environment, stress) that contribute to the development of negative cognitions. In two other funded multi-site studies, she is studying the effect on children of parents receiving treatment for depression and whether treating parents for their depression a sufficient intervention for reducing the likelihood that their children will develop either the cognitive vulnerabilities associated with depression or depression itself. In addition, these studies examine whether depressed parents show improvements in their parenting style as they recover from depression. If parental treatment for depression does not reduce risk of dysfunction in offspring, this might then suggest that further interventions beyond simply reducing parents' depressive symptoms are necessary for preventing psychopathology in at-risk offspring. The third part of Garber's program of research aims to test one such preventive intervention, which teaches adolescents how to address negative cognitions and deal with stressors when they occur.
Much of the research completed at the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is made possible by the generous contributions of the people and families who participate in research studies. This researcher needs research subjects to complete the studies listed below.
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