Jessica Schleider, Ph.D.
Harvard University (2018)
Office: Psychology B-340
Dr. Schleider plans to admit a new graduate student for matriculation in Fall 2022, pending approval of funding . Additional information on applying to work with Dr. Schleider as a doctoral student is available here .
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:
- Developing brief, accessible interventions to help reduce mental health problems at scale, with a focus on adolescent depression and related disorders;
- Identifying mechanisms of change and treatment-matching strategies to build potent, personalized interventions;
- 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.
Details about our lab’s latest work are available at our website: Current Projects at the Lab for Scalable Mental Health
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 Psychopathology, 29, 273-301. PDF