Steven Brunwasser, Ph.D.

Steven Brunwasser, Ph.D.

Steven Brunwasser, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Steven Brunwasser, Ph.D.

Contact Info
856-256-4500 ext. 53525
Robinson Hall 116N


BA (Psychology), University of Pennsylvania
MS (Psychology), University of Michigan
PhD (Psychology), University of Michigan
Postdoctoral (NIMH T32: Development of Psychopathology: From Brain and Behavioral Science to Intervention), Vanderbilt University

Research Expertise:
Prevention Science | Perinatal Mental Health | Depression in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood | Developmental Origins of Health and Disease | Pediatric Asthma | Integrative Mental Health Care

I am a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on developing, evaluating, and implementing interventions to prevent common health problems. Much of my research has focused on the prevention of depression in late childhood and early adolescence. My recent work evaluates the role of maternal perinatal adversity in the development of chronic health complications in offspring (e.g., asthma, allergies, and mental health problems) and whether perinatal interventions might prevent the transmission of risk from mother to child. Additionally, I have a strong interest in causal modeling strategies—particularly structural equation modeling—and strategies for implementing preventive care effectively in real-world settings.
Honors and Awards:
2007   Rackham Graduate School Student Research Award for Pre-Candidates
2009   Edward S. Bordin Graduate Research Award
2010   Rackham Graduate Student Research Award for Candidates
2010   Spring/Summer Rackham Graduate School Research Award
2010   Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Student Research Award
2010   Paul P. Fidler Research Grant (finalist)
2011   University of Michigan Institute for Social Research—Rackham Graduate School Summer Training Award
2013   Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Training Consortium Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health
2016   Vanderbilt University Preventing Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes and Prematurity (Pre3) Initiative Pilot Funds Award to support research relevant to the prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes

Member of:

  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Society for Prevention Research
  • Postpartum Support International
  • Marcé of North America (formerly Perinatal Mental Health Society)

Representative Publications:

  • Brunwasser SM, Gillham JE, Kim ES.A meta-analytic review of the Penn Resiliency Program's effect on depressive symptoms. J Consult Clin Psychol. 2009 Dec;77(6):1042-54. 
  • Brunwasser SM, Slavich GM, Newcomb DC, Gebretsadik T, Turi KN, Stone C Jr, Anderson LJ, Hartert TV. Sex-specific association between prenatal life stress exposure and infant pro-inflammatory cytokine levels during acute respiratory infection. Brain Behav Immun. 2019 Feb;76:275-279.
  • Sutherland S, Brunwasser SM. Sex differences in vulnerability to prenatal stress: A review of the recent literature. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2018 Sep 18;20(11):102.
  • Brent DA, Brunwasser SM, Hollon SD, et al. Effect of a cognitive-behavioral prevention program on depression 6 years after implementation among at-risk adolescents: A randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72(11):1110-1118.
  • Brunwasser SM, Garber J. Programs for the prevention of youth depression: Evaluation of efficacy, effectiveness, and readiness for dissemination. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 Nov-Dec;45(6):763-783.
  • Brunwasser SM, Freres DR, Gillham JE. Youth cognitive-behavioral depression prevention: Testing theory in a randomized controlled trial. Cognit Ther Res. 2018 Aug;42(4):468-482.
  • Gotham K, Brunwasser SM, Lord C. Depressive and anxiety symptom trajectories from school age through young adulthood in samples with autism spectrum disorder and developmental delay. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 May;54(5):369-76.e3.
  • Brunwasser SM, Gebretsadik T, Gold DR, Turi KN, Stone CA Jr., Datta S, Gern JE, Hartert TV. A new model of wheezing severity in young children using the validated ISAAC wheezing module: A latent variable approach with validation in independent cohorts. PLoS One. 2018 Apr 17;13(4):e0194739.


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