Teen Depression

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Why we study teen depression?

Depression is very common in adolescents. Around 7% of boys and 20% of girls aged 12-17 years report experiencing a period of depression in the past year alone. Teens who are depressed may feel sad or irritable, or they may lose interest in activities they used to enjoy.

Up to 70% of teens feel better after treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). However, 30-50% of teens either do not feel better after treatment or still have some stubborn symptoms that get in the way of their lives. It is therefore critical to continue to do research on depression so we can help more teens feel their best.

Want to participate in our research?

The Youth Emotion and Smartphone Study (YESS) Project aims to learn more about adolescents' thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as well as what drives depression in adolescents. We are seeking caregivers and adolescents ages 12 to18-years-old with some symptoms of depression to participate in a study. Participation lasts about 1 month. Parents and adolescents will fill out questionnaires and interview over Zoom. Adolescents will download an app on their smartphone to track their mood and phone-use over time. Adolescents can earn about $120-150, and parents can earn about $40-60.  


For more information, please visit our website 




To see if you are eligible for the study, please fill out this brief contact form  




Center for Children and Families
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street, AHC4 458
MIami, FL 33199