Research Goals and Interests:

Jon is a fourth-year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Duke University with a keen interest in developmental psychopathology. Broadly, his research interests center on understanding why some individuals develop symptoms of mental disorder following exposure to stressful life events, whereas others do not. To this end, Jon works with population-representative, longitudinal datasets to examine the antecedents of common mental disorders (and the enduring absence of such disorders) that develop across the first half of the life course. He has also examined how individual characteristics like early-life intelligence predict measures of later mental and physical frailty. Moving forward, Jon plans to incorporate dimensional and hierarchical measurements of psychopathology into his research in order to achieve a better understanding of the unique and shared pathways through which individual risk factors and exposures lead to psychiatric symptoms. He hopes that his research will enhance scientific understanding of who is most at risk for psychopathology and how that vulnerability is likely to manifest, as well as inform the development of more effective interventions targeting these high-risk individuals.

As a CCHD predoctoral fellow, Jon hopes to further integrate models from developmental science into his research and to examine how maturational factors (like age) moderate the impact of stressful life events on later mental health. He is also interested in furthering his expertise in the optimal measurement of psychiatric symptoms and exposure to stressful life events in observational studies, as well as his familiarity with the advanced statistical methods needed to test complex patterns of interaction in large, population-representative cohorts across development.