Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH

Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine
University of Illinois
Chicago, IL, United States

Dr. Van Voorhees’s long-term research objective is to reduce the morbidity of depressive disorders during adolescence through preventive Internet-based interventions in primary care and community settings, and to develop this model more broadly for other mental disorders. Since successfully completing a pilot study and long term follow up of the CATCH-IT (Competent Adulthood Transition with Cognitive, Humanistic, and Interpersonal Training) primary care/internet-based adolescent depression prevention intervention, Dr. Van Voorhees went on to develop a primary care mental health portal linked to peer-to-peer support and successfully conducted a randomized clinical trial comparing methods for referring adults with depressed mood to this portal and the support program. His team is now progressing to the next generation of community-based efficacy studies, including a three year study to develop and evaluate the “Chicago Urban Resiliency Building” intervention (depression risk-reduction in Hispanic and African American youth urban environment using primary care/Internet approaches) and a five-year randomized controlled trial of the CATCH-IT intervention that incorporates community based practices in Chicago and Boston.