- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
- M.A., Clinical Psychology Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
- B.A., Psychology Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN
Dr. Pettit conducts research on depression, anxiety, and suicidal behaviors in children and adolescents. His interests include the etiology and course of these behavioral problems over time, as well as the development and evaluation of interventions for these behavioral problems. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Pettit oversees clinical trials to evaluate cognitive-behavioral therapies and attention training programs for children and adolescents with anxiety and adolescents at risk for depression and suicidal behaviors. Dr. Pettit’s research program is funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and American Psychological Foundation. He is the author of two books and more than 100 research articles and book chapters. In recognition of his contributions to research, Dr. Pettit received the Edwin S. Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology. His book entitled “The interpersonal solution to depression: A workbook for changing how you feel by changing how you relate” was awarded the Self-Help Book of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.
Meinzer, M.C., Pettit, J.W., & Viswesvaran, C. (2014). The co-occurrence of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and unipolar depression in children and adolescents: a meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 595-607.
Pettit, J.W., Hartley, C., Lewinsohn, P.M., Seeley, J.R, & Klein, D.N. (2013). Is liability to recurrent major depressive disorder present before first episode onset in adolescence or acquired after the initial episode? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 353-358.
Bechor, M., Pettit, J.W., Silverman, W.K., Bar-Haim, Y., Abend, R., Pine, D.S., Vasey, M.W., & Jaccard, J. (2014). Attention bias modification treatment for children with anxiety disorders who do not respond to cognitive behavioral therapy: A case series. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 28, 154-159.
Pettit, J.W., & Joiner, T.E., Jr. (2005). The interpersonal solution to depression: A workbook for changing how you feel by changing how you relate. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
Pettit, J.W., & Joiner, T.E., Jr. (2006). Chronic depression: Interpersonal sources, therapeutic solutions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Pettit, J.W., Olino, T.M., Roberts, R.E., Seeley, J.R., & Lewinsohn, P.M. (2008). Intergenerational transmission of internalizing problems: Effects of parental and grandparental major depressive disorder on child behavior. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 37(3), 640-650.
Pettit, J.W., Lewinsohn, P.M., Seeley, J.R., Roberts, R.E., & Yaroslavsky, I. (2010). Developmental relations between depressive symptoms, minor hassles, and major events from adolescence through age 30 years. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119(4), 811-824.
Bagner, D., Pettit, J.W., Lewinsohn, P.M., & Seeley, J.R. (2010). Effect of maternal depression on child behavior: A sensitive period? Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(7), 699-707.
Hill, R.M., Castellanos, D., & Pettit, J.W. (2011). Suicide-related behaviors and anxiety in children and adolescents: A review. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 1133-1144.
Mathew, A.R., Pettit, J.W., Lewinsohn, P.M., Seeley, J.R., & Roberts, R.E. (2011). Comorbidity between major depressive disorder and anxiety disorders: Shared etiology or direct causation? Psychological Medicine, 41(10), 2023-2034.
Pettit, J.W., Green, K.L., Grover, K.E., Schatte, D.J., & Morgan, S.T. (2011). Domains of chronic stress and suicidal behaviors among inpatient adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 40(3), 494-499.
- Internalizing Disorders
- Developmental Psychopathology
- Evidence Based Treatment
- Abnormal Psychology (undergraduate)