Dr. Van Meter majored in psychology at Dartmouth College. She earned her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Van Meter joined the faculty of The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research in 2018. Her research has been recognized by a number of awards, including The Visionary Award from the American Psychological Foundation, The Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, The Richard Abidin Early Career Award from the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, The John and Polly Sparks Early Career Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and The Young Investigator Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.
Mood disorders (major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder) typically begin in adolescence or early adulthood, an important developmental period during which higher education, first jobs, and relationships are pursued. Unremitting mood symptoms and recurrent episodes during this period can have a devastating impact on a young person’s ability to pursue his/her life goals.
The Investigating Mood Pathology: Assessment, Course, Treatment (IMPACT) Lab is focused on improving outcomes for adolescents with mood symptoms. Specifically, we are interested in subclinical and prodromal presentations of mood disorders in youth, and on the factors that predict the trajectory of a young person at risk for developing a mood disorder. Studying the early course of mood disorders contributes knowledge we can use to improve early identification and develop preventive interventions.
The IMPACT Lab is also interested in evidence-based assessment and is working to employ novel technology to improve the accuracy and speed of mood disorder diagnosis, in order to improve clinical services, facilitate access to care, and increase patients’ quality of life.
We are also invested in the dissemination of evidence-based practices, and work to educate clinicians and families about the best methods for assessing and treating psychopathology in youth.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Field of study: Clinical Psychology
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Degree: AB Psychology