Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C

Cara C. Young, PhD, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor, Center for Excellence in LTC

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. Dr. Young’s research findings have consistently pointed to perceived stress and rumination as contributory to psychological distress, which has led her to begin developing and testing mindfulness interventions for diverse populations.