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Prof Bonnie Klimes-Dougan

Prof Bonnie Klimes-Dougan

Dept of Psychology N412 Elliott Hall 75 E River Rd

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My long-term goal is to explicate risk factors associated with early stages of depression and suicidal risk in an effort to more effectively intervene. By adolescence, approximately 10 to 15% of the population will experience a clinical depression. Early onset depression tends to be accompanied by a more severe course of subsequent illness and is associated with considerable morbidity (e.g., suicidal behavior). Efforts to target children at risk for depression, prior to or early on in the disease process are thought to be favorable approaches to facilitating adaptation and minimizing risk. To this end, my work has utilized developmental and neuroscience approaches that examine the stress/emotion regulatory systems implicated in depression. Recent work has focused on systems known to be critical to emotion/stress regulation including the assessment of key front-limbic neurocircuitry (e.g., using imaging techniques) and associated physiological (e.g., HPA axis) systems. A second theme of my research pertains to identifying factors that potentially modify these risk trajectories and have the potential to influence neurobiological regulatory processes that are disrupted in depressed youth (e.g., parenting emotion socialization practices, psychosocial prevention efforts).

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Psychology, Flordia State University, 1992.


  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Lee, C-Y.S. & Houri, A.K. in collaboration with SAVE (2009). Suicide prevention in adolescence: Considering potential benefits and untoward effects of public service announcements.. Crisis: Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 30, 128-135.
  • Cullen, K.R., Klimes-Dougan, B., Muetzel, R., Mueller, B.A., Camchong, J., Houri, A., Kumra, S., & Lim, K.O. (in press). Altered white matter microstructure in adolescent with major depression: A preliminary study. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Cullen, K.R., Gee., D.G., Klimes-Dougan, B., Gabbay, V., Hulvershorn, L., Mueller, B.A., Camchong, J., Bell, C.J., Kumra, S., Lim, K.O., Casellanos, F.X., & Milham, M.P. (2009). A preliminary study of functional connectivity in comorbid adolescent depression. Neuroreport, 460, 227-231.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., August, G.J., Lee, C-Y.S., Realmuto, G.M., Bloomquist, M.L., Horowitz, J.L., & Eisenberg, T. (in press). Practitioner and site characteristics that relate to fidelity of implementation: Early Risers prevention program in a going-to-scale intervention trial. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Hastings, P., Nuselovici, J.N., Klimes-Dougan, B., Kendziora, K.T., Usher, B., Ho, R., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2009). Dysregulated coherence of subjective and cardic emotional activation in adolescents with internalizing and externalizing problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Natsuaki, M.N., Klimes-Dougan, B., Ge, X., Shirtcliff, E.A., Hastings, P., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2009). Early pubertal maturation and internalizing problems: The mediating role of cortisol reactivity to social stress. Jounal of Clinical Child Psychology
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Lee, C-Y.S., Ronsaville, D., & Martinez, P. (2008). Suicidal risk in young adult offspring of mothers with bipolar or major depressive disorder: A longitudinal family risk study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 64, 1-11.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Safer, M., Ronsaville, D., Tinsley, R., & Harris, S.J. (2007). The value of forgetting suicidal thoughts and behavior. Suicide & Life Threatening Behaviorc, 37, 431-438.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Brand, A. E., Zahn-Waxler, C., Usher, B., Hastings, P., Kendziora, K., & Garside, R. B. (2007). Parental emotion socialization in adolescence: Sex, age, and risk differences.. Social Development, 16, 326-342.
  • Adam, E., Klimes-Dougan, B., & Gunnar, M. R. (2007). Emotional and social regulation of the adrenocortical response to stress. In D. Coch, G. Dawson, & K. W. Fischer (Ed.). Human Behavior and the Developing Brain: Atypical Development., 2nd ed, 264-304.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Ronsaville, D., Wiggs, E.A., Gold, P.W., & Martinez, P.E. (2006). Neuropsychological deficits in adolescent children of mothers with bipolar disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 60, 957-965.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Hastings, P., Granger, D.A., Usher, B., & Zahn-Waxler, C. (2001). Adrenocortical activity in at risk and normally developing adolescents: Individual differences in salivary cortisol response to social challenges, basal levels, and diurnal variation. Development and Psychopathology, 13, 695-719.
  • Zahn-Waxler, C., Klimes-Dougan, B., & Slattery, M. (2000). Internalizing disorders of childhood and adolescence: Progress and prospects for advances in understanding anxiety and depression. Development and Psychopathology, 12, 443-466.
  • Klimes-Dougan, B., Free, K., Ronasaville, D., Stilwell, J., Welsh, C.J., & Radke-Yarrow, M. (1999). Suicidal ideation and attempts in children of depressed and well mothers: A longitudinal study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, 651-659.
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