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Michael Young

Michael Young, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Psychology
Professor of Psychology







Life Sciences Building, Room 252


Ph.D., Adelphi University (1974)

Research Interests 

Depression and seasonality
Cognitive and cultural models of depression
Seasonal affective disorder
Statistical modeling of psychopathology


Michael A. Young, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. Formerly, he was director of the Depression/Awareness, Recognition and Treatment Program at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Adelphi University. Young has extensive research publications in the areas of the symptoms and diagnosis of depression, seasonal affective disorder, cognitive-behavioral models of mood disorders, and statistical modeling of psychopathology. Young is active in the leadership of the Society for Research and Psychopathology and the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms. He was Associate Editor of the Journal Abnormal Psychology from 2006 through 2014.

Selected Publications 

* current or past students in my lab

*Meyers, K., Young, M.A. (under review). Illness attitudes associated with seasonal depressive symptoms: An examination using a newly developed implicit measure.

Young, M.A., Hutman, P., Enggasser, J.L., Meesters, Y. (2014). Assessing seasonal symptomatology: The Seasonal Assessment Form. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. doi: 10.1007/s10862-014-9440-3.

Whitcomb-Smith, S., Sigmon, S.T., Martinson, A., Young, M., Craner, J., Boulard, N. (2013). The temporal development of mood, cognitive and vegetative symptoms in recurrent SAD episodes: A test of the Dual Vulnerability Hypothesis. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi 10.1007/s10608-013-9577-5.

*Hanson, B., Young, M.A. (2012). Why depressive symptoms cause distress: The client’s perspective. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 860-874. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21872.

*Birnholz, J., Young, M.A. (2012). Differential item functioning in the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women. Assessment,19(4), 503-506. doi: 10.1177/107319111244003.

*Ben-Zeev. D., Young, M.A, Madsen, J. (2009). Retrospective recall of affect in depressed individuals and controls. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1021-1040.

Young, M.A., *Yap, B.J. (2009). Seasonal and depressive traits in seasonal affective disorder. In T. Partonen and S.R. Pandi-Perumal (Eds.), Seasonal Affective Disorder: Practice and Research, 2nd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Young, M.A., *Reardon, A., *Azam, O. (2008). Rumination and vegetative symptoms: A test of the Dual Vulnerability Model of seasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 32:567B576.

*Rao, D., Young, M.A., Raguram, R. (2007). Culture, somatization, and psychological distress: A study of symptom presentation in South Indian patients from a public psychiatric hospital. Psychopathology, 40, 349-355.

*Enggasser, J.L., Young, M.A. (2007). Cognitive vulnerability to depression in seasonal affective disorder: Predicting mood and cognitive symptoms in people with seasonal vegetative changes. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31(1), 3-21.

Young, M.A., *Blodgett, C., *Reardon, A. (2003). Measuring seasonality: psychometric properties of the SPAQ and ISV. Psychiatry Research, 117(1), 75-83.

*Ayalon, L., Young, M.A. (2003). A comparison of depressive symptomatology in African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology,34, 111-124.

Eastman, C.I., Young, M.A., Fogg, L.F., Liu, L. (1998) A placebo-controlled trial of bright light treatment for winter seasonal affective disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 55, 883-889.

Young, M.A. et al. (1997). Which environmental variables are related to the onset of seasonal affective disorder? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106, 554-562.

Young, M.A. et al. (1996) Stable trait components of hopelessness: baseline and sensitivity to depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105(2), 155-165.