Professor Gillham's research and applied interests are at the intersection of clinical psychology, developmental psychology, and education. Much of this work focuses on developing, evaluating, and disseminating school- and community-based interventions designed to promote psychological resilience and well-being in young people.
Dr. Gillham regularly collaborates with educators, counselors, and clinicians at schools and other organizations that serve youth and with researchers at many other academic institutions. Together with her collaborators, she has developed several well-being programs and curricula, including the Penn Resiliency Program and Strengths-Based Resilience. She has led several large-scale evaluations of school and community well-being programs. Many of her research papers are available for free online through PubMed.gov. Dr. Gillham serves as a scientific advisor for WorldBeing, a nonprofit organization that develops and implements resilience programs for youth around the world. She has served on the editorial boards of several academic journals and was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Positive Psychology from 2010-2020.
At Swarthmore, Dr. Gillham teaches courses on clinical psychology and social and emotional well-being. She directs the Resilience and Well-Being Lab and supervises students who are conducting empirical research in the lab. She also mentors students who are interested in applied work in psychology and frequently teaches the clinical field placement course (Psyc 90), one of the longest running community-based learning courses at the College.