Swarthmore Psychology
Jane E. Gillham, Ph.D.


Psychology Department
Swarthmore College
500 College Ave
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397
(610)690-5771 (office)
(610)957-6010 (Positive Psych Project)
(610)328-7814 (fax)



Psychology Department
University of Pennsylvania
3720 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6196
(215)573-6812 (office)

Assistant Professor (part-time)
Co-Director WSSD Positive Psychology Project and Co-Director The Penn Resiliency Project

B.A., Psychology, Princeton University
Psychology, University of Pennsylvania 1994
1994-1996 Clinical Child Psychology Internship, Child Study Center, Yale University

Professor Gillham's major research and clinical interests are at the intersection of clinical psychology, developmental psychology and education, particularly the ways in which schools can promote well-being in children and adolescents.
Major Research In Progress

Positive Psychology for Youth Project

The Positive Psychology for Youth Project investigates the effects of a Positive Psychology intervention for high school students. The project is being conducted as a collaboration between Wallingford-Swarthmore School District and research teams at Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania. It is funded by a Partnerships in Character Education grant from the Department of Education (R215S020045).

Penn Resiliency Project.
The Penn Resiliency Project (with Martin Seligman and Karen Reivich) investigates the long-term effects of a school-based intervention designed to promote resilience and prevent depression and anxiety in early adolescence. The project is funded by a grant from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) (MH52270).

Sacramento Teenage Resiliency Project (STAR-P)
The Sacramento Teenage Resiliency Project (STAR-P) (with John Hamilton, Ken Patton, & Derek Freres) investigates the effects of an adolescent depression prevention program in the primary care setting. This project was funded by a grant from the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute (KFRI).

Other Research in Progress and Recent Research

The Girls in Transition Project

This is a pilot study evaluating a school-based program designed to promote resilience and prevent depression in girls during the transition to adolescence.

Mindfulness and Coping

Research on the effects of mindfulness on affect intensity and coping (with Andrew Ward)

Managed Care and the Practice of Psychotherapy
Clinicians experiences working in managed care (with Julie Cohen and Jeanne Marecek)

Adaptive Behavior in Autism and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Development of Normal Compulsive Behavior in Young Children.

The Development of Depression in Adolescence (with Karen Reivich).
This longitudinal study explores cognitive and environmental factors that increase or reduce risk for depression in young people.