Entry Year


Major Area of Study

Experimental Psychopathology


V. Robin Weersing, PhD



Research Interests

Karen’s research interests focus primarily on identifying the mechanisms of treatment engagement and response in depressed youth. Related interests include improving our understanding of the predictors of depression onset and maintenance, at both the individual and family levels.

Representative Publications
  • Wiggins, J. L., Schwartz, K. T. G., Kryza-Lacombe, M., Spechler, P., Blankenship, S., & Dougherty, L. (2017). Neural reactivity to reward in school-age offspring of depressed mothers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 214, 81-88. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.03.020

  • Weersing, V. R., Jeffreys, M., Do, M. T., Schwartz, K. T. G., & Bolano, C. (2017). Evidence-base update of psychosocial treatments for child and adolescent depression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46, 11-43. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1220310

  • Garber, J., Brunwasser, S., Zerr, 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. doi: 10.1002/da.22519

  • Weersing, V. R., Schwartz, K. T. G., & Bolano, C. (2015). Moderators and mediators of treatments for youth with depression. In M. Maric, P. J. M. Prins, & T. H. Ollendick (Eds.), Moderators and Mediators of Youth Treatment Outcomes. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

  • SDSU Center for Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience (CCN) Travel Award (2017)
  • Child & Adolescent Depression Special Interest Group (SIG) Poster Award (2016), presented at the 50th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York, NY
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Karen Schwartz CV