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Jessica Schleider, Ph.D.

Harvard University (2018)

Jessica Schleider


Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Prof. Schleider is no longer on faculty at Stony Brook University. She is now an Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University.

Research Overview:

Efforts to prevent and treat youth mental health problems have advanced greatly, but they have not reduced overall rates of youth mental illness. Low access to services exacerbates this problem: In the United States, up to 80% of youths in need of psychological services never access them. My research program aims to help address this discrepancy by:

  1. Developing brief, accessible interventions to help reduce mental health problems at scale, with a focus on adolescent depression and related disorders;
  2. Identifying mechanisms of change and treatment-matching strategies to build potent, personalized interventions;
  3. Testing novel approaches to dissemination in non-traditional settings (beyond brick-and-mortar clinics)

Towards these objectives, my work focuses on two interconnected targets that I expect to inform the design of such interventions: familial processes, such as parents’ expectancies for psychotherapy and caregiving behaviors, and youth cognitions, such perceived control, hopelessness, and beliefs about whether personal traits are malleable (versus fixed) by nature.


Recent Representative Publications:

Full publication history available here. Papers listed below are especially representative of our lab’s ongoing and upcoming research.

* = student/mentee author

​ Schleider, J.L., *Dobias, M.L., *Sung, J.Y., *Mullarkey, M.C. (2020). Future directions in single-session youth mental health interventions. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 49, 264-278. PDF 

Schleider, J.L., *Dobias, M.L., *Sung, J.Y., *Mumper, E., & *Mullarkey, M. C. (2020). Acceptability and utility of an open-access, online single-session intervention platform for adolescent mental health. JMIR Mental Health, 7(6):e20513.​ Open-Access Article

Schleider, J.L., *Sung, J.Y., *Bianco, A., Gonzalez, A., Vivian, D., & *Mullarkey, M.C. (in press). Open pilot trial of a single-session consultation service for clients on psychotherapy waitlists. The Behavior Therapist​. PDF

Schleider, J.L., *Dobias, M.L., *Fassler, J., *Shroff, A., ​& Pati, S. (2020; Stage 1 Registered Report)​. Promoting treatment access following pediatric primary care depression screening: Randomized trial of web-based, single-session interventions for parents and youths.  Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59, 770-773. PDF

Schleider, J.L., *Mullarkey, M.C., & Chacko, A. (2020). Harnessing wise interventions to expand the potency and reach of youth mental health services.  Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. 23, 70-110. PDF

Schleider, J.L., Burnette, J.L., Widman, L., Hoyt, C., & Prinstein, M.J. (2019, in press). Randomized trial of a single-session growth mindset intervention for rural adolescents’ internalizing and externalizing problems.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  PDF 

Schleider, J.L., *Abel, M.R., & Weisz, J.R (2019, in press). Do immediate gains predict long-term symptom change?  Findings from a randomized trial of a single-session intervention for youth anxiety and depression.​ ​Child Psychiatry & Human Development.  PDF  ​

Schleider, J.L., *Mullarkey, M.C., & Weisz, J.R (2019). Virtual Reality and Web-Based Growth Mindset Interventions for Adolescent Depression: Protocol for a Three-Arm Randomized Trial.  JMIR Research Protocols, 8(7), e13368.  Full Text

Schleider, J.L., & Weisz, J.R. (2018). Parent expectancies and preferences for mental health treatment: The roles of emotion mindsets and views of failure.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 47, S480-S496.  ​PDF 

Schleider, J.L., & Weisz, J.R. (2018). A single-session growth mindset intervention for adolescent anxiety and depression: Nine-month outcomes of a randomized trial.  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59, 160-170. ​PDF ​​

Schleider, J.L., & Weisz, J.R. (2017). Little treatments, promising effects? Meta-analysis of single-session interventions for youth psychiatric problems.  Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,  56, 107-115​. ​PDF 

Schleider, J.L. , & Weisz, J.R. (2017). Family process and youth internalizing problems: A Triadic Model of etiology and intervention. ​Development and Psychopathology29, 273-301.  PDF