Postdoctoral Sketch

Cara Calloway Young, PhD, RN, FNP-BC

Research Associate in Nursing


Career Update

Dr. Young is pursing an academic career in nursing to improve the mental and physical health of adolescents. Her goal as a nurse scientist is to develop a program of interdisciplinary, community-based research that provides the foundation for primary and secondary prevention interventions that can be implemented in clinical, school, and community settings. Her dissertation study was the first to examine cognitive vulnerabilities, negative life events, and depressive symptoms in a sample of rural adolescents. During her fellowship she will continue to foster relationships with educators and administrators in rural communities to expand her dissertation work and highlight the unique needs of rural adolescents. Dr. Young will also be working with Craig Anne Heflinger, PhD, Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Peabody College to gain experience and expertise with family and system-level issues affecting the implementation of policies for children's services.


Current Research Interests

  • Mental health promotion and primary prevention strategies for adolescents
  • Rural adolescent health
  • Community based research and interventions to promote adolescent health
  • Public health and policy related to adolescent mental and physical health


Representative Publications


Young, C. C., LaMontagne, L., Dietrich, M. S., Wells, N. (2011). Cognitive vulnerabilities, negative life events, and depressive symptoms in young adolescents. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing.


Professional Organizations

Sigma Theta Tau International, The Honor Society of Nursing

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Middle Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses Association

Southern Nursing Research Society



Advanced Practice Nurse, State of Tennessee, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners

Registered Nurse, State of Tennessee