Justin Caouette

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I earned my PhD in Human Development from the University of California – Davis in 2016. Prior to that, I graduated summa cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2008, with honors in Psychology. From 2016 to 2019, I was a postdoctoral researcher and instructor within the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University.

I have published over two dozen journal and conference papers focused on social factors in adolescent mental and behavioral health. From 2012 to 2015, I was a T32 predoctoral scholar in developmental affective neuroscience through the Bay Area Training Consortium in Affective Science. From 2017 to 2018, I was a TL1 postdoctoral scholar in translational developmental neuroscience through the OHSU Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI).

For the 2019-2020 school year, I am thrilled to be joining the College of Education faculty as the inaugural Associate Director for Prevention Science Academic Programs. In this role, I work closely with the Director of Prevention Science to manage and facilitate growth of the college’s innovative Prevention Science programming, with a focus on admissions and community outreach. I also advise master’s students at both the M.Ed. and MS level.

Courses I am teaching in the 2019-2020 academic year: PREV 607 (Prev Capstone Sem; Fall, Winter, Spring; co-taught with Dr. Elizabeth Budd); FHS 420 (Res Human Services; Winter); PREV 482 (Prev Youth Violence; Winter); PREV 610 (Prev Policy; Spring); PREV 632 (Risk Resilience; Spring).


Ph.D., 2016, Human Development
University of California – Davis, Davis, CA

B.A., 2008, Psychology with Honors
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont CA

Honors and Awards

2018                NIH NIDA, Imaging - Science Track Award for Research Transition (I/START)

2018                NIH Loan Repayment Program Award (NIDA – Pediatric Branch)

2017                Junior Investigator Travel Award, Annual Flux Congress 2017

2008                Summa Cum Laude, Claremont McKenna College

2008                Phi Beta Kappa, National Honor Society


Caouette, J. D., Feldstein Ewing, S. W., Hudson, K., & Bryan, A. D. (2018). Adolescent condom use and connectivity in the social-planful brain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(8), 821-830. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy025

Caouette, J. D., & Feldstein Ewing, S. W. (2017). Four mechanistic models of peer influence on adolescent cannabis use. Current Addiction Reports, 4(2), 90-99. DOI: 10.1007/s40429-017-0144-0

Caouette, J. D., Hipwell, A. E., Keenan, K., Forbes, E. E., & Guyer, A. E. (2016). Neural correlates of social evaluation and depression risk in adolescent girls. Presented at the 4th Annual Flux Congress, St. Louis, Missouri.

Caouette, J. D., & Guyer, A. E. (2016). Cognitive distortions mediate depression and affective response to social acceptance and rejection. Journal of Affective Disorders, 190, 792-799. DOI:10.1016/j.jad.2015.11.015

Caouette, J. D., Ruiz, S. K., Lee, C. C., Anbari, Z., Schriber, R. A., & Guyer, A. E. (2015). Expectancy bias mediates the link between social anxiety and memory bias for social evaluation. Cognition & Emotion, 29, 945-953. DOI:10.1080/02699931.20

Caouette, J. D., & Guyer, A. E. (2014). Gaining insight into adolescent vulnerability for social anxiety from developmental cognitive neuroscience. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 8, 65-76. DOI:10.1016/j.dcn.2013.10.003


My research primarily uses developmental cognitive neuroscience methods (e.g., fMRI) to study adolescent and emerging adult affective health (e.g., anxiety, depression) and behavioral health (e.g., substance use, sexual health), particularly within peer social contexts. I offer two main lines of research: (1) identifying neurocognitive underpinnings of real-world peer social evaluation and affective health across adolescence and emerging adulthood, and (2) identifying peer processes in the neuroscience of adolescent health risk behavior, with an emphasis on translational research aimed at developing biologically informed prevention-intervention programming for higher-risk youth.