Jennifer Hughes, PhD

Jennifer Hughes

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Jennifer Hughes, PhD, is a Psychologist and Clinical Scholar in Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, College of Medicine, and the Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion, College of Public Health, at The Ohio State University. She was previously an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, where she served as a faculty lead for the Texas Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network, an initiative of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium.

Dr. Hughes received her Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Hughes is a co-developer of two evidence-based treatments, one for relapse prevention of depression in children and adolescents (Relapse Prevention CBT; Kennard, Hughes, & Foxwell, 2016) and one utilizing family-based CBT for suicidal youth and their parents (SAFETY; Asarnow et al., 2015, 2017, 2021; Hughes & Asarnow, 2021).

Most recently, Dr. Hughes’s work has focused on the dissemination and implementation of a school-based mental health promotion and suicide prevention program called Youth Aware of Mental Health (YAM). She is an international trainer for YAM, working with the intervention developers to disseminate this program in the United States (Texas and Montana), Australia, and India. Dr. Hughes is a past Chair (2017-2018) of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Child and Adolescent Depression Special Interest Group (SIG) and has served as the Newsletter Editor (2017-2021) and as the APA Convention Program Chair (2013-2015) for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 53, Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Academic and Clinical Areas
  • Pediatric Psychology
    Physician Team
  • Primary Department
    Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
  • Primary Section

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 12/31/2021

Fellowship UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Be Date Completed: 06/30/2011
Postdoctoral Training University of California, Los Angeles Date Completed: 03/15/2013
Graduate School University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Date Completed: 08/13/2010
Clinical Interests
  • Depression
  • Suicide Prevention
Professional Experience

2016 - 2021 UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care, Psychologist and Assistant Professor

2014 - 2016 Children's Health System of Texas, Psychologist and Assistant Professor

2013 - 2014 UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, Psychologist and Clinical Instructor

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health