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Susanna Sutherland

Graduate Student
Research Area: Clinical Science


Prevention of depression and other psychopathology in offspring of depressed parents, intergenerational transmission of depression

I am a third year Clinical Science graduate student at Vanderbilt University and am interested in the offspring of depressed parents. I currently work on three projects. The first project is a pilot program examining an intervention to increase positive affect in children of depressed mothers and includes collecting EEG and EKG biodata and using a behavioral coding paradigm to analyze mother-child interactions. The second project is examining a prevention of depression program that teaches cognitive-behavioral and positive parenting strategies to families with a history of dpression. The third project is a retrospective examination of perinatal depression in mothers of young children and assessment of child health, cognitive, emtional, and behavioral outcomes.

Representative Publications

Conference Poster Presentations

Sutherland, S., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., Schloredt, K., & Garber, J. (2016, October) Changes in Children’s Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms from Pre- to Post-Treatment of Parents’ Depression. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York City, New York. 

Sutherland, S., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., Schloredt, K., & Garber, J. (2015, November) Relation of Remission of Parents’ Depression and Children’s Attributional Style. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, Illinois. 

Sutherland, S., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., Schloredt, K., & Garber, J. (2014, November) Relation of Remission of Parents’ Depression and Changes in Children’s Negative Cognitions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sutherland, S., Rumburg, T. M., McCauley, E., Diamond, G., Schloredt, K., & Garber, J. (2014, August) Offspring of Depressed Parents: Changes in Child Behavior Problems Pre- and Post-Treatment of Parents’ Depression. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.

Sutherland, S. (2012, April) Psychological Effects of Prenatal Drug Exposure in Offspring. Review presented at Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students, Conway, Arkansas.


Honors

Best Poster, Graduate Student Poster Session, American Psychological Association Annual Convention, 2014