Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH
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.