Depression Improvement Study

2009 to 2012: NFN Depression Improvement Study, Grant award, Children’s Trust Fund, State of Connecticut. Clinical trial of In-Home Cognitive Behavior Therapy (IH-CBT), replication of an evidence-based treatment model.

Currently conducting a clinical trial of In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IH-CBT) for depressed mothers who are participating in the Nurturing Families Network Home Visitation Program. This study replicates “Treatment of Depression in Home Visitation,” conducted by Robert Ammerman, Principal Investigator, and Frank Putnam, Co-Principal Investigator, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH. Eligible mothers are randomized to either IH-CBT or home visiting as usual (HVAU). Pre, post, and 3-month follow-up assessments are conducted with both groups to determine changes in depression status.

The specific objectives of the study are to: (1) Compare the efficacy of IH-CBT in contrast to home visitation “as usual.” (2) Test the generalizability of the treatment model by examining differential effects of IH-CBT on two home visitation models: Ohio’s Early Childhood Succeeds and Connecticut’s Nurturing Families Network (NFN) program.  See presentation: “Nurturing Families Network Depression Improvement Study.”

2009-2012: Depression Improvement Study: Impact on Child Social Emotional Outcomes, Grant award, Child Health and Development Institute, CT.

A randomized control trial comparing child outcomes for depressed mothers in an experimental group receiving In Home-Cognitive Behavior Therapy in addition to home visitation services (see above study). The clinical trial is being conducted over a 3 year period. Assessment of child social-emotional behavior is collected as a measure of outcome at or just after the child’s 1 year birthday. See presentation: “Depression Improvement Study.”


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