Dr. Garber’s current research includes (a) a multi-site, NIMH-funded randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing a family-based cognitive-behavioral/coping intervention for the prevention of depression in offspring of depressed parents; (b) an examination of developmental skills needed for youth to learn the skills taught in cognitive therapy (e.g., Theory of Mind); (c) a study examining the relations among theory of mind, cognitive inhibition, and depressive symptoms in children; and (d) the development of measures of parenting behaviors.
In addition, Dr. Garber has conducted a study testing the efficacy of a program for preventing depressive symptoms in high school students, a longitudinal study of the impact on children of their parents receiving treatment for depression, a six-year longitudinal study of the contribution of cognitions, stress, family relationships, and coping in the development of depression during adolescence, a laboratory study aimed at identifying predictors of negative cognitions in young children, and a study testing the efficacy of a short-term, experimental interventions for enhancing positive affect systems in children of depressed parents.
In collaboration with Lynn Walker, PhD, Dr. Garber also studies risk factors associated with the onset and maintenance of chronic abdominal pain (CAP) in children, and is investigating an internet-based cognitive behavioral program for children with CAP.
Garber is director of an NIMH-funded training program in the "Development of Psychopathology: From Brain and Behavioral Science to Intervention."
Garber, J., Goodman, S., Brunwasser, S., Frankel, S.A., Herrington, C.G. (2019). The effect of content and tone of maternal evaluative feedback on self-cognitions and affect in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 182, 151–165. PMC6414248.
Lynch, F. L., Dickerson, J.F., Clarke, G., Beardslee, W., Weersing, V.R., Gladstone, G., Porta, G., Brent, D., Mark, T. L. DeBar, L., Hollon, S.D., & Garber, J. (2019). Cost-effectiveness of preventing depression in at-risk adolescents: Post-intervention and two-year follow-up. Psychiatric Services, 70(4):279-286.
Garber, J., Weersing, V.R., Hollon, S.D., Porta, G., Clarke, G.N., Dickerson, J., Beardslee, W.R., Lynch, F.L., Gladstone, T.G., Shamseddeen, W., & Brent, D. (2018). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: Moderators of long-term response. Prevention Science, Feb;19 (Suppl 1):6-15. PMC4969230,
Hankin, B. L., Young, J. F., Gallop, R., & Garber, J. (2018). Cognitive and interpersonal vulnerabilities to adolescent depression: classification of risk profiles for a personalized prevention approach. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 1-13.
Goodman, S., & Garber, J. (2017). Evidence-based interventions for depressed mothers and their young children. Child Development. 88(2), 368-377.
Morris, M.C., Kouros, C.D., Janecek, K., Freeman, R., Mielock, A., & Garber, J. (2017). Community-level moderators of a school-based childhood sexual assault prevention program. Child Abuse & Neglect, 63, 295-306.
Brunwasser, S.M., & Garber, J. (2016). Programs for the prevention of youth depression: Evaluation of efficacy, effectiveness, and readiness for dissemination. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(6), 763-783.
Garber, J., Brunwasser, S., Zerr, A.A., Schwartz, K.T.G., Sova, K., & Weersing, V.R. (2016). Treatment and prevention of depression and anxiety in youth: Test of cross-over effects. Depression and Anxiety 33, 939–959.
Garber, J., Frankel, S.A., & Herrington, C.G. (2016). Developmental demands of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in children and adolescents: Cognitive, social, and emotional processes. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 181-216. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032814-112836
Evans, L.D., Kouros, C.D., Samanez-Larkin, S., & Garber, J. (2016). Concurrent and short-term prospective relations among neurocognitive functioning, coping, and depressive symptoms in youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(1), 6-20.
Klimes-Dougan, B., & Garber, J. (2016). Regulatory control in adolescents with depression: Findings from neuroimaging and neuropsychological research. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(1), 1-5.
Korelitz, K., & Garber, J. (2016). Congruence of parents' and children's perceptions of parenting: A meta-analysis. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45(10). 1973-1995.
Evans, L.D., Kouros, C.D., Frankel, S.A., McCauley, E., Diamond, G.S., Schloredt, K.A., & Garber, J. (2015). Longitudinal relations between stress and depressive symptoms in youth: Coping as a mediator. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 43(2), 355–368.
Morris, M.C., Evans, L.D., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2015). Executive function moderates the relation between coping and depressive symptoms. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 28(1):31-49.
Kouros, C.D., & Garber, J. (2014). Trajectories of individual depressive symptoms in adolescents: Gender and family relationships as predictors. Developmental Psychology, 50(12), 2633-2643.
Morris, M.C., Kouros, C.D., Hellman, N., Rao, U., & Garber, J. (2014). Two prospective studies of changes in stress generation across depressive episodes in adolescents and emerging adults. Development and Psychopathology, 26, 1385-1400.
Beardslee, W.R., Brent, D.A., Weersing, V.R., Clarke, G.N., Porta, G., Hollon, S.D., Gladstone, T.R.G., Gallop, R., Lynch, F.L., Iyengar, S., DeBar, L., & Garber, J. (2013). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: Longer-term effects. Journal of the American Medical Association - Psychiatry, 70(11), 1161-1170.
Kouros, C.D., Quasem, S L, & Garber, J. (2013). Dynamic temporal relations between anxious and depressive symptoms across adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 683-697.
Morris, M.C., Rao, U., Wang, L., & Garber, J. (2013). Cortisol reactivity to experimentally manipulated psychosocial stress in young adults at varied risk for depression. Depression and Anxiety.
Morris, M.C., Compas, B.E., & Garber, J. (2012). Relations among Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, comorbid Major Depression, and HPA Function: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 32(4), 301-315.
Carter, J.S., & Garber, J. (2011). Predictors of the first onset of a major depressive episode and changes in depressive symptoms across adolescence: Stress and negative cognitions Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120(4), 779–796.
Garber, J., Ciesla, J.A., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., & Schloredt, K.A, (2011). Remission of depression in parents: Links to healthy functioning in their children. Child Development, 82(1), 244–261.
Garber, J., & Cole, D.A. (2010). Intergenerational transmission of depression: A launch and grow model of change across adolescence. Development and Psychopathology, 22(4), 819-830.
Garber, J., Clarke, G., Weersing, V. R., Beardslee, W.R., Brent, D., Gladstone, T., Debar, L., Lynch, F., D'Angelo, E., Hollon, S.D., Shamseddeen, W., & Iyengar, S. (2009). Prevention of depression in at-risk adolescents: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association. 301(21), 2215-2224.
Horowitz, J.L., Garber, J., Ciesla, J.A., Young, J., & Mufson, L. (2007). Prevention of depressive symptoms in adolescents: A randomized trial of cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal prevention programs. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 693-706.
Garber, J. (2006). Depression in children and adolescents: Linking risk research and prevention. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 31, Supplement 1,104-125.
Horowitz, J.L., & Garber, J. (2006). The prevention of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 401-415.