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Erin Tully

Ph.D., Emory University, 2006
Assistant Professor
Member, Clinical Psychology Program

psyect@langate.gsu.edu
 404-413-5096
1186 Urban Life

Research Interests

My research investigates models that explain the development of depression in youth and focuses on understanding mechanisms leading to depression and other social, emotional, and behavioral problems in offspring of depressed parents. The practical goal of this research is to identify targets for interventions that will prevent and treat problems in this high-risk group. My approach to designing studies combines the principles of developmental psychopathology with methodology from behavior genetics, psychophysiology, and developmental psychology to study how risk factors contribute to the development of problems from the toddler and preschool years through young adulthood.

Within this framework, my research addresses several related issues. First, I investigate how exposure to mothers’ sadness and anger are related to youths’ behavioral, physiological, emotional, and cognitive functioning. Second, I study how comorbid psychopathology, stressful life events, family discord, and mothers’ and fathers’ mental health contribute to the emergence and course of depression across adolescence and young adulthood. Third, I research the contributions of genetic and environmental factors and gene-environment interplay in the development of depression and other forms of psychopathology across early development.

Undergraduate and graduate students are critical to the success of my research, and students involved in my research have the opportunity to learn diverse skills, such as rating behaviors during mother-child interactions, administering psychological measures and interviews, and learning statistical techniques for investigating complex research questions. I anticipate recruiting a graduate student for the upcoming year and always welcome inquiries from undergraduate students.

Clinical Interests

My clinical practice informs my academic work, and my clinical work is shaped by my research and teaching. I work with children, adolescents, and their families and conduct interventions, primarily for internalizing psychopathology, and evaluations of psychopathology, social and behavioral functioning, and learning abilities. My approach to both treatment and assessment is strongly grounded in the empirical literature and incorporates principles and strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior family therapy, and family systems theories.

Representative Publications

Tully, E. C., & Iacono, W. G. (to appear). A Common Genetic Liabilities Model for the Comorbidity of Substance Use Disorders with Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders. In K. Sher (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Substance Use Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Goodman, S. H. & Tully, E. C. (2008). Recurrence of depression during pregnancy: Psychosocial and personal functioning correlates. Anxiety and Depression, 0, 1-11.

 Disney, L., Iacono, B., McGue, M., Tully, E. C., & Legrand, L. (2008). Strengthening the case: Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with increased risk for conduct disorder. Pediatrics, 122, e1225-e1230.

Tully, E. C., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2008). An adoption study of parental depression as an environmental liability for adolescent depression and childhood disruptive disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1148-1154.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (2008). Children of depressed mothers: Implications for the etiology, treatment, and prevention of depression in children and adolescents. In J. R. Z. Abela & B. L. Hankin (Eds.), Handbook of Depression in Children and Adolescents (pp. 415-440). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H. (2007). Early developmental processes inform the study of mental disorders. In S. O. Lilienfeld & W. T. O'Donohue (Eds.), The Great Ideas of Clinical Science: 17 Principles that Every Mental Health Professional Should Understand (pp. 313-328). New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (2006). Depression in women who are mothers: An integrative model of risk for the development of psychopathology in their sons and daughters. In C. L. M. Keyes & S. H. Goodman (Eds.), Women and depression: A handbook for the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences (pp. 241-280). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Recent Conference Presentations

DeMesy, C., Tully, E. C., Malone, S., Hammer, M., Iacono, W. G. (October, 2008). Modulation of the startle response in depressed women with and without anxiety. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Austin, Texas.

Tully, E. C., Iacono, W. G., Malone, S. (May, 2008). Longitudinal models of major depressive disorder during adolescence and early adulthood as a function of parental major depressive disorder and gender. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society conference, Chicago, IL.

Tully, E. C., Krueger, R. F., & Iacono, W. G.  (November, 2007). Gender differences in risks for depression during adolescence: Genetic and environmental influences. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

DiRago, A.C., Tully, E. C. & Iacono, W.G. (October, 2007). The relationship between parental major depressive disorder and adolescent psychopathology: An examination of gender patterns. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Iowa City, IA.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C.  (April, 2005). Infant temperament as a moderator of associations between maternal depression and infant outcomes. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (April, 2005). Treating parents’ Depression: How does it affect their children?” Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H.  (April, 2005). A review of negative cognitions and psychosocial stress as risk factors for depression in children and adolescents. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H.  (April, 2005). Vulnerabilities for psychopathology in preschool-aged children of depressed and well mothers.  Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Atlanta, GA.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H.  (June, 2005). Behavioral, cognitive, and emotional vulnerabilities for psychopathology in preschoolers: Child’s gender and mothers’ depression. Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, >New York, NY.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H.  (June, 2005). Measuring Children’s Perceptions of Mothers’ Depression: The ChiPPS, Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, New York, NY.