Drs. Mufson and Young describe the integral techniques of interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents. In addition, they provide the research and theoretical background supporting the use of IPT-A. Lastly, they demonstrate the core components of IPT-A through role-plays and demonstrations.
Laura Mufson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, a research scientist, and director of the department of clinical psychology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. As director of child psychology training at New York Presbyterian Hospital, she directs the child track of the APA approved pre-doctoral internship. She is an expert on Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescent Depression (IPT-A). Dr. Mufson’s primary interest is in the evaluation of psychotherapy outcomes both in the efficacy and effectiveness arenas, focusing on inner city, minority and underserved youth.
Jami Young, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of clinical psychology at Rutgers University. She developed Interpersonal Psychotherapy-Adolescent Skills Training (IPT-AST), an indicated prevention program based on interpersonal psychotherapy for depressed adolescents (IPT-A). Dr. Young is a certified IPT-A therapist who has trained and supervised over 30 clinicians in IPT-A and IPT-AST. Her research examines the efficacy of depression prevention programs and cognitive, interpersonal, and genetic vulnerabilities for youth depression.