Isaac Ahuvia

Isaac Ahuvia

Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

Stony Brook University

Biography

Isaac Ahuvia is a PhD student in clinical psychology at Stony Brook University, studying under Dr. Jessica Schleider in the Lab for Scalable Mental Health. His research focuses on the beliefs individuals hold about mental disorders (e.g. what causes them, how malleable they are) and how these beliefs relate to mental health outcomes. Prior to joining the Lab for Scalable Mental Health, Isaac studied Sociology at the University of Michigan and conducted research at the University of Chicago Inclusive Economy Lab and Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine.

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Interests
  • Causal beliefs about mental disorders
  • Scalable treatments for youth depression
  • Body dissatisfaction, eating disorders, and depression
Education
  • PhD Student in Clinical Psychology

    Stony Brook University

  • BA in Sociology, 2016

    University of Michigan

Skills

Statistical Programming
Data Visualization
Geographic Visualizations

Current Projects

Investigating Prognostic Pessimism for Depression
Biomedical explanations for mental disorders - where disorders are seen as the results of genetic and biological abnormalities - are increasingly common. The causes that people assign to mental disorders have consequences for treatment preferences, social stigma, and even how permanent they believe their disorders to be (prognostic pessimism). Working with Dr. Jessica Schleider and the Lab for Scalable Mental Health, Isaac is working to better understand the beliefs adolescents have about depression, how these beliefs relate to mental health outcomes, and how they can be augmented to improve these outcomes.
Investigating Prognostic Pessimism for Depression
Body Dissatisfaction and Depression
Body dissatisfaction is a significant contributor to depression among adolescents. It is particularly common among adolescent girls, who are at particular risk for depression. Despite this, no study has systematically examined the effect of body dissatisfaction interventions on depression outcomes. Working with Dr. Jessica Schleider and the Lab for Scalable Mental Health, Isaac is working to quantify the effects of such interventions on depression in adolescents. Ultimately, we hope to understand the potential of targeting body dissatisfaction to prevent depression in adolescence and to combat the gender gap that emerges in this period.
Body Dissatisfaction and Depression

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