Cari McCarty, PhD

Cari McCarty, PhD

On staff since October 2008

Academic Title: Research Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development


Medical/Professional School

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles

Research Description

I have been conducting research to better understand child and adolescent depression for the past 10 years. I have been on faculty at the University of Washington for the past eight years, and have been productive in conducting research on understanding risk for depression, testing etiological models, conducting meta-analytic reviews, and developing intervention curricula. I have developed a prevention program entitled "Positive Thoughts and Actions" to intervene with middle school students at risk for depression. This developmentally-based prevention program is unique and innovative in addressing key contextual factors that can make a big difference during the early adolescent years, including relationships with parents and family, school functioning, and health behavior. I am now actively testing the program, as well as a briefer intervention, in the Middle School Matters Study.

About My Work

Research Focus Area

Behavioral / Mental Health


Presentations Title Event Location Date
Longitudinal associations among obesity, alcohol use disorders, and depression in emerging adulthood International Society for Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology Seattle, WA June 1, 2009
Pubertal status and parent communication as predictors of depressogenic adolescent cognitive styles Society for Research on Child Development Denver, CO April 1, 2009
Intrapersonal predictors of early adolescent substance initiation Society for Research on Adolescence Los Angeles, CA March 1, 2009

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
The Role of Deprssion in Adolescent Alcohol Problems NIH April 1, 2010
Prevention of Depression within Salient Adolescent Contexts NIMH Sept. 1, 2009
Telemental Health to Improve Mental Health Care and Outcomes for Children in Underserved Areas NIMH Sept. 1, 2008
Prevention of Depression among Pre-Adolescent Youth NIMH July 1, 2004