Michael Young

  • Professor of Psychology

Michael A. Young, Ph.D. is Professor in the Department of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. Formerly, he was director of the Depression/Awareness, Recognition and Treatment Program at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center. He received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his Ph.D. from Adelphi University. Young has extensive research publications in the areas of the symptoms and diagnosis of depression, seasonal affective disorder, cognitive-behavioral models of mood disorders, and statistical modeling of psychopathology. Young is active in the leadership of the Society for Research and Psychopathology and the Society for Light Treatment and Biological Rhythms. He was Associate Editor of the Journal Abnormal Psychology from 2006 through 2014.


Ph.D., Adelphi University (1974)

Research Interests

Depression and seasonality

Cognitive and cultural models of depression

Seasonal affective disorder

Network modeling of psychopathology


* current or past students in my lab

Meyerhoff, J., Young, M.A., Rohan, K. (2018). Patterns of depressive symptom remission during the treatment of seasonal affective disorder with cognitive-behavioral therapy or light therapy. Depression and Anxiety, dx.doi.org/10.1002/da.22739.

*Murphy, J., Young, M.A. (2018). Dynamic processes in emotion regulation choice. Cognition and Emotion,32(8), 1654-1666. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2017.1419935.

Young, M.A. (2017). Does seasonal affective disorder exist? A commentary on Traffanstedt, Mehta, and Lo Bello (2016). Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 750–754. doi: 10.1177/2167702616689086.

Young, M.A. (2016). Maximizing outcome in light treatment: Patient behavior as the light treatment delivery system. Neuropsychobiology, 74, 188 - 192, doi: 10.1159/0004771376.

*Beyderman, I., Young, M.A. (2016). Attachment, cognitive styles, and their relationship to depression. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 37 - 41, doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.077.

*Meyers, K., Young, M.A. (2015). Illness attitudes associated with seasonal depressive symptoms: An examination using a newly developed implicit measure. Depression Treatment and Research, 2015, doi: 10.1155/2015/397076.

Craner, J., Sigmon, S., Young, M.A., (2015). Self-focused attention and symptoms across menstrual cycle phases in women with and without premenstrual disorders. Cognitive Therapy and Research. doi: 10.1007/s10608-014-9440-3.

Young, M.A., *Hutman, P., *Enggasser, J.L., Meesters, Y. (2015). Assessing seasonal symptomatology: The Seasonal Assessment Form. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 37(1), 112-121. doi:10.1007/s10862-014-9440-3.

Whitcomb-Smith, S., Sigmon, S.T., Martinson, A., Young, M., Craner, J., Boulard, N. (2013). The temporal development of mood, cognitive and vegetative symptoms in recurrent SAD episodes: A test of the Dual Vulnerability Hypothesis. Cognitive Therapy and Research 38, 43-54.

*Hanson, B., Young, M.A. (2012). Why depressive symptoms cause distress: The client’s perspective. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 860-874. doi: 10.1002/jclp.21872.

*Birnholz, J., Young, M.A. (2012). Differential item functioning in the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale for lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women. Assessment,19(4), 503-506. doi: 10.1177/107319111244003.

*Ben-Zeev, D., Young, M.A., Corrigan, P.W. (2010). DSM-V and the stigma of mental illness. Journal of Mental Health, 19, 318B327.

*Ben-Zeev. D., Young, M.A, Madsen, J. (2009). Retrospective recall of affect in depressed individuals and controls. Cognition and Emotion, 23, 1021-1040.

*Ayalon, L., Young, M.A. (2009). Using the SCL-90-R to assess distress in African Americans and Caucasian Americans. Journal of Black Studies, 39, 420-433.

*Young, M.A., Reardon, A., Azam, O. (2008). Rumination and vegetative symptoms: A test of the Dual Vulnerability Model of seasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research,32:567B576.

*Enggasser, J.L., Young, M.A. (2007). Cognitive vulnerability to depression in seasonal affective disorder: Predicting mood and cognitive symptoms in people with seasonal vegetative changes. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 31(1), 3-21.

Young, M.A., *Blodgett, C., *Reardon, A. (2003). Measuring seasonality: psychometric properties of the SPAQ and ISV. Psychiatry Research, 117(1), 75-83.

*Ayalon, L., Young, M.A. (2003). A comparison of depressive symptomatology in African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology,34, 111-124.

*Gorski, J., Young, M.A. (2002). Sociotropy/autonomy, self-construal, response style and gender in adolescents. Personality and Individual Differences, 32(3), 423-478.

Eastman, C.I., Young, M.A., Fogg, L.F., Liu, L. (1998) A placebo-controlled trial of bright light treatment for winter seasonal affective disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 55, 883-889.

Young, M.A., Meaden, P. M., Fogg, L.F., Cherin, E.A., Eastman, C.I. (1997). Which environmental variables are related to the onset of seasonal affective disorder? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 106, 554-562.

Young, M.A., Fogg, L.F., Scheftner, W.A., Fawcett. J., Akiskal, H., Maser, J. (1996) Stable trait components of hopelessness: baseline and sensitivity to depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 105(2), 155-165.

Young, M.A., Watel, L.G., Lahmeyer, H.W. and Eastman, C.I. (1991). The temporal onset of symptoms in winter depression: Differentiating underlying mechanisms, Journal of Affective Disorders, 22, 191-197.

Young, M.A. and Fogg, L.F. (1990). Predicting response to treatment: Differentiating active-factor and nonspecific effects. Statistics in Medicine, 9, 253-261.

Young, M.A. and Grabler, P. (1985). Rapidity of symptom onset in depressive episodes. Psychiatry Research, 16, 309-315.

Michael Young

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