Psychologist Jane Gillham Interviewed on
NPR About Emotional Training for Kids
by Michael Lott
Jane Gillham, associate professor of psychology, was interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition about her work studying emotional training interventions with children to help stave off depression. The segment explores resilience training—learning better ways to handle disappointing or upsetting situations that won't lead to negative psychological outcomes like depression and anxiety down the road. It focuses on a middle school program in New York City.
According to Gillham, "We hope that kids will internalize the skills [they learn in the training] enough so they can use them in the moment." Gillham is co-director of the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Positive Psychology for Youth Project and the Penn Resiliency Project (PRP) at the University of Pennsylvania. She wrote about her work at the PRP in the October 2009 issue of the Swarthmore College Bulletin.