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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.


Research Focus Area

Behavioral / Mental Health


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Longitudinal associations among obesity, alcohol use disorders, and depression in emerging adulthoodInternational Society for Research on Child and Adolescent PsychopathologySeattle, WAJune 1, 2009
Pubertal status and parent communication as predictors of depressogenic adolescent cognitive stylesSociety for Research on Child DevelopmentDenver, COApril 1, 2009
Intrapersonal predictors of early adolescent substance initiationSociety for Research on AdolescenceLos Angeles, CAMarch 1, 2009

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
The Role of Deprssion in Adolescent Alcohol ProblemsNIHApril 1, 2010
Prevention of Depression within Salient Adolescent ContextsNIMHSept. 1, 2009
Telemental Health to Improve Mental Health Care and Outcomes for Children in Underserved AreasNIMHSept. 1, 2008
Prevention of Depression among Pre-Adolescent YouthNIMHJuly 1, 2004

Primary Office

Seattle Children's Research Institute
CW8-6 - Child Health, Behavior and Development
2001 Eighth Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

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