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Cara Calloway Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C | Assistant Professor

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Phone: 512 471-7952

Office: NUR 4.131
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing
1710 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78712

Dr. Young received her MSN as an FNP and PhD from Vanderbilt University. After completing a two year postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, she came to UT Austin as an assistant professor. Dr. Young is an expert on adolescent health with a particular focus on mental health promotion and prevention of mental illness in primary care. Her primary research has examined factors associated with the development of depressive and anxiety symptoms as well as contextual issues that impact effective treatment of mental health disorders such as provider stigma. She is currently testing a mindfulness-based intervention with young adolescents who are at high risk for depression.


  • Principal Investigator: Testing the Feasibility and Preliminary Effects of a Mindfulness Intervention for Latino Adolescents with High Levels of Brooding or Perceived Stress Luci Baines Johnson Fellowship in Nursing 11/1/15 – 10/31/16
  • Principal Investigator: Developing a Tailored Mental Health Promotion Intervention for Hispanic Youth. The National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program. Application funded by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. $63, 400 total costs. 9/1/2014 – 8/31/2016
  • Co-Investigator. Psychosocial Correlates of Idiopathic Gynecomastia in Young Males (with Dr. Lynn Rew). Denton & Louise Cooley and Family Centennial Professorship. 6/3/15-6/2/16
  • Principal Investigator: Assessing Characteristics and Correlates of Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Youth (with Dr. Amanda Barczyk, Co-investigator), The University of Texas at Austin Summer Research Assignment.. $14,500 total costs. 6/1/2014 – 8/31/2014
  • Co-Principal Investigator (with Co-PI, Dr. Susan J. Calloway). Assessing Mental Health Stigma: Nurse Practitioner Attitudes and Factors Associated with Recognition and Management of the Client with a Mental Health Disorder. American Nurse Practitioner Foundation. 1/1/2014-12/31/2015
  • Co-Investigator. Developing a Web-Based Intervention for Adolescents in Distress: A Mixed-Methods Study (with PI, Dr. Susan De Luca). The St. David’s Center for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research in Underserved Populations. $25,000 total costs. 1/15/2015-10/31/2016
  • Principal Investigator. Examining the Impact of Sociocultural Influences, Psychosocial Stressors, and Cognitive Vulnerabilities on Development of Depressive Symptoms in Hispanic Adolescents (with Co-Investigators Dr. Sharon Horner & Dr. Jane Champion), Sigma Theta Tau International and The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science. Drs. Sharon Horner and Jane Champion, Collaborators. $5,000 total costs. 11/1/2013 – 10/31/2014
  • Principal Investigator. Examining Predictors of Depressive and Anxiety Symptoms in Young Adolescents, Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. $2,000 total costs. 5/2/2011– 5/1/2012
  • Principal Investigator: Cognitive Vulnerabilities, Negative Life Events, and Depressive Symptoms in Young Adolescents, Sigma Theta Tau, Iota Chapter grant. $1,000 total costs. 12/4/2009-12/3/2010


  • Young, C. C. (in review). Examining sociocultural factors, cognitive vulnerabilities, and stressful life events as contributors to depressive symptoms in Latino adolescents. Submitted to Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Science, on August 19, 2015.
  • Champion, J. D., Young, C. C., & Rew, L. (Accepted 12/28/15). Substantiating the need for primary care-based sexual health promotion interventions for ethnic minority adolescent women experiencing health disparities. Journal for the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.
  • Horner, S., Young, C. C., & Johnson, K. (in press).Working with Community Agencies. In M. Duffy, S. Dresser, & J. Fulton (Eds.), Clinical Nurse Specialist Toolkit: A Guide for the New Clinical Nurse Specialist (2nd ed). New York; Springer.
  • Rew, L., Young, C. C., Brown, A., & Rancour, S. Suicide ideation and life events in a sample of rural adolescents. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, available online August 19, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.apnu.2015.08.012
  • Young, C. C., & Calloway, S. J. (2015). Transition planning for the college bound adolescent with a mental health disorder. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, available online July 11, 2015. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2015.05.021
  • Rew, L., Young, C. C., & Harrison, T. (2015). A systematic review of literature on psychosocial aspects of gynecomastia in adolescents and young men. Journal of Adolescence, 43, 206-212. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.06.007
  • Young, C. C., & Dietrich, M. S. (2015). Stressful life events, worry, and rumination predict depressive and anxiety symptoms in young adolescents. The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 28(1), 35-42.
  • Young, C. C., & Calloway, S. J. (2015). Mental Health Promotion in the College Bound Adolescent with a Mental Health Disorder, Chapter 33. In M de Chesnay & B. Anderson (Eds.), Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research (4th ed). Massachusetts; Jones & Bartlett Learning.
  • Rew, L., Johnson, K.E., & Young, C.C. (2014). A systematic review of interventions to reduce stress in adolescence. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35(11), 851-63.
  • Calloway, S. J., & Young, C. C. (2014). Searching for an answer: Faculty strategies to ensure advanced practice nursing student ability to select quality reference sources to guide practice. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 4, 119-127.
  • Young, C. C., & Dietrich, M. S. (2014). Screening for rumination and brooding may be a feasible method of identifying adolescents at high risk for depression. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 29(6):688-95. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2014.04.010. Epub 2014 May 29. PubMed PMID: 24950241.
  • Young, C. C., Dietrich, M. S., & Lutenbacher, M. (2014). Brooding and Reflection as Explanatory of Depressive Symptoms in Adolescents Experiencing Stressful Life Events. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 35(3), 175-180.
  • Young, C. C. (2012). Rural adolescent stressors and depressive symptoms. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E15(1).
  • Young, C. C., LaMontagne, L., Dietrich, M. S., & Wells, N. (2012). Cognitive vulnerability, negative life events, and depressive symptoms in young adolescents. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 26, 9-20.
  • Young, C. C. (2012). Screening for Depression in Adolescents. Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 8, 73-74.