Dr. Julia Felton is a child clinical psychology whose work focuses on identifying and treating early predictors of the development of depression, substance use, and related risk behaviors. Her work is guided by socioecological models of developmental psychopathology and considers environmental, interpersonal and intrapersonal risk factors. Her recent research has focused on the role of impulsivity, cognitive style and peer influence in the onset and maintenance of psychological disorders. She has served as an investigator on a number of federally-funded grants examining how these vulnerabilities manifest across adolescence and specific interventions to buffer these effects. Prior to moving to Michigan State University, Dr. Felton was the Director of the Master’s in Clinical Psychological Science program at the University of Maryland and was a practicing psychologist in the Washington, DC area.