Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.

Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.

Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., is a Bowman and Gordon Gray Distinguished Term Professor and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium.  Mitch’s research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury.  His research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations.  He is the Incoming Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and the co-editor of a public service website designed to help parents and professionals learn more about evidence-based treatment options for children and adolescents:, sponsored by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.  Mitch is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Psychological Association. He has received several national and university-based awards recognizing his contributions to research (American Psychological Association Society of Clinical Psychology Theodore Blau Early Career Award, Columbia University/Brickell Award for research on suicidality, APA Fellow of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), teaching (UNC Chapel Hill  Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching), and professional development of graduate students (American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Raymond D. Fowler Award). Mitch's work has been featured in many popular media outlets (e.g., The New York Times, NPR), and he has appeared on over two dozen local and national television news programs to discuss his research.

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Inside the mind of the American teen