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  • Assistant Professor, Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

About the investigator

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.

Research focus

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
Degree: PhD
Field of study: Clinical Psychology

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Degree: AB Psychology

Honors & awards

  • 2011 Travel Award, Graduate and Professional Student Federation, University of North Carolina
  • 2011 Future Faculty Fellowship, Center for Faculty Excellence, University of North Carolina
  • 2014 Child Intervention, Prevention and Services (CHIPS) Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health
  • 2015 Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder, The National Institute of Mental Health and the University of Pittsburgh
  • 2016 Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Kalvi Foundation
  • 2016 Visionary Award, American Psychological Foundation
  • 2017 John and Polly Sparks Foundation Early Career Award, American Psychological Foundation
  • 2017 Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
  • 2018 Abidin Early Career Award, American Psychological Association Division 53
  • 2018 American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Travel Award
  • 2018 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Travel Award


  1. Van Meter, A., Moreira, A.L., Youngstrom, E., (in press). Updated Meta-analysis of Epidemiological Studies of Pediatric Bipolar Disorder. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
  2. Van Meter, A., Cosgrove, V. (in press). Overhauling technology-based interventions for young people with bipolar disorder: lessons learned from adults. Bipolar Disorders.
  3. Perez Algorta, G., Van Meter, A., Dubicka, B., Jones, S., Lobban, F., Youngstrom, E. (in press). Blue Blocking Glasses Worn at Night in First Year Higher Education Students with Sleep Complaints: A Feasibility Study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies.
  4. Van Meter, A., Paksarian, D., Merikangas, K.R. (2019). Social Functioning and Suicide Risk in a Community Sample of Adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1528549
  5. Van Meter, A., Goldstein, B., Goldstein, T., Yen, S., Hower, H., Strober, M., Merranko, J, Gill, M.K., Diler, R., Axelson, D., Ryan, N., Keller, M., Birmaher, B. (2018). Parsing cyclothymic disorder and other specified bipolar spectrum disorders in youth.. Journal of Affective Disorders, 238, 375-382. doi:
  1. Goldstein, B., Birmaher, B., Carlson, G., DelBello, M., Findling, R., Fristad, M., Kowatch, R., Miklowitz, D., Nery, F., Perez-Algorta, G., Van Meter, A., Zeni, C., Correll, C., Kim, H.W., Wozniak, J., Chang, K., Hillegers, M., Youngstrom, E. (2017) The International Society for Bipolar Disorders Task Force Report on Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Knowledge to Date and Directions for Future Research. Bipolar Disorders, 19(7), 524-543. doi:10.1111/bdi.12556
  2. Moreira, A.L., Van Meter, A., Genzlinger, J., Youngstrom, E. (2017). Review and Meta-analysis of Epidemiological Studies of Adult Bipolar Disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. doi:10.4088/jcp.16r11165
  3. Van Meter, A., Perez Algorta, G., Youngstrom, E., Lechtman, Y.*, YoungstromJ.K., Feeny, N.C., Findling, R.L. (2017). Assessing for Suicidal Behavior in Youth Using the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. doi:10.1007/s00787-017-1030-y
  4. Van Meter, A., Youngstrom, E.A., Birmaher, B., Fristad, M.A., Horwitz, S.M., Frazier, T.W., Arnold, L.E., Findling, R.L. (2017). Longitudinal course and characteristics of cyclothymic disorder in youth. Journal of Affective Disorders, 215, 314-322. doi:
  5. Youngstrom, E.A., & Van Meter, A. (2016). Empirically supported assessment of children and adolescents. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. Special Issue: Evidence-Based Assessment. Guest Editors: P.A. Arbisi & J.G. Beck, 23(4), 327-347. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12172
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