Transition Age Youth

Program Description

The transition from adolescence into mature adulthood is often a precarious time for young people, ages 14 to 30, living with serious mental health conditions, as these conditions may impede the development of skills and capacities essential for successful adult functioning.

Our research focuses on developing knowledge about developmentally appropriate and effective interventions to help transition age youth and emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. We emphasize mental health interventions and supports that help young people successfully complete their schooling and training, and achieve their adult career goals. We examine policy and systems issues and gaps, particularly as they may contribute to youth and young adults entering inappropriate service sectors or receiving inadequate, ineffective services.

We are interested in:

  • Developing and testing strategies that better engage transition age youth and emerging adults in psychotherapy
  • Developing and testing educational/training and employment/career support interventions
  • Malleable factors associated with success in schooling/training/employment that may inform targets of future interventions
  • Developing and testing interventions that improve access to effective mental health and substance abuse services and reduce involvement in the justice system
  • System features that facilitate or impede better collaboration between child and adult systems serving transition age youth and emerging adults
  •  The Transitions Research and Training Center
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davis_research_thumbMaryann Davis, Ph.D.
Research Associate Professor of Psychiatry
ellison_research_thumbMarsha Ellison, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
delman_research_thumb Jonathan Delman, Ph.D., J.D., M.P.H.


Ongoing Research Projects

Title: Learning and Working During the Transition to Adulthood
Dates: 10/1/2009 - 9/30/2014
Funder: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Funding: $4,001,960
PI: Maryann Davis, Ph.D.


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