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. 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.

Body Dissatisfaction and Depression

Body dissatisfaction is a significant contributor to depression among adolescents, and may contribute to the gender gap in depression that emerges in that period. Despite this, the effect of body dissatisfaction interventions on depression has remained largely unknown. Working with Dr. Jessica Schleider and the Lab for Scalable Mental Health, Isaac has conducted a meta-analysis on this subject, revealing that body dissatisfaction interventions have significant effects on depression outcomes - even when they don't target depression directly. Isaac is continuing this line of work by developing a single-session intervention for teens experiencing both body dissatisfaction and depression.