REACH YAB

Rachel Vaughn-Coaxum, PhD, Jessica Hamilton, PhD, Dr. Hannah Lawrence, Dr. Alex Bettis, Kathryn Fox

Program Description

The Recognizing and Enhancing Adolescent and Community Health Youth Advisory Board (REACH YAB) is a collaborative effort by five early career researchers and clinical psychologists to address limitations of research on adolescent depression and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITB). Adolescents (N=10) who have lived experiences with depression and/or SITBs will be recruited to guide our research and to inform best practices for creating and implementing a YAB. We aim for the REACH YAB to (1) design novel studies, from inception to dissemination, that are important to members; (2) provide psychoeducation about mental health; (3) provide professional opportunities (e.g., conferences, learning about research); and (4) foster communication and trust with community members and stakeholders to further amplify perspectives of those with lived experience.