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Our research seeks to elucidate social-cognitive processes relevant to the onset, maintenance, and treatment of depression in adolescence and young adulthood, by studying the way in which normal thought processes become abnormal. This program of research seeks to translate methodology developed in the field of social cognition to the study of important clinical phenomena. Specifically, we are interested in how individuals acquire maladaptive mental representations, or schemas, about the future and about their relationships with others in ways that makes them vulnerable to depression.