Promoting Psychological Health
ORI scientists study emotional and behavioral disorders as well as normative development and personality, in order to better understand factors that make people vulnerable to serious mental health disorders as well as factors that increase resilience, that is, that help people cope with daily challenges. An important component of research in this area is developing and evaluating interventions for the prevention and treatment of disorders.
Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders
ORI researchers and colleagues have significantly advanced the scientific understanding of the causes of bulimia nervosa, anorexia nervosa, and binge eating disorder in young women. The team has conducted several research studies to identify and examine such risk factors as “thin-ideal internalization” (the association of success and happiness with being thin), body dissatisfaction, and negative mood. These research studies are among the largest and longest running on the causes of this serious psychiatric disturbance.
- Translational Neuroscience: Responsivity Training for Obesity Treatment
- Effectiveness Trial of Peer-Led Dissonance Eating Disorder Prevention Groups
- Effectiveness Trial of a Dissonance Based Obesity Prevention Program
- An fMRI Test of the Dynamic Vulnerability Model of Obesity: Risk Factor Plasticity - The Chocolate Study
- Relation of Consummatory and Anticipatory Food Reward to Obesity
- Eating Disorders Prevention: an Effectiveness Trial for At-Risk College Students
- Targeted Obesity Prevention Program for Adolescent Females
Understanding and Treating Depression
The causes and treatment of depression have been a focus of study at ORI for almost 30 years. Current research focuses on understanding family and emotional processes related to adolescent depression, developing and evaluating innovative treatments including those for delivery on the Internet, and disseminating treatment programs into community settings.
- Depressed Mothers' Parenting of Adolescents: Social-cognitive & Neural Mechanisms
- Depressed Mothers in Rural Areas: Web Facilitated Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (Mom-Net)
- Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression: Deployment Focused Development, Phase I
- Prevention of Suicidality in College Students: A Common Core Process Approach
- Self Regulation of Reward in Adolescence
- Transdisciplinary Studies of CBT for Anxiety in Youth
- Effectiveness Trial of an Adolescent Depression Prevention Program
- A Multimedia Depression Amelioration Program for Family Dementia Caregivers
- Preventing Youth Depression: A Multimedia Internet-Based Parent Program
- Sequenced vs Integrated Delivery of Treatment for Adolescent Depression and SUD