Erin Tully

Ph.D., Emory University, 2006
Assistant Professor
Member, Clinical Psychology Program
1186 Urban Life

Research Interests

My research investigates models to explain the development of depression and anxiety using designs that combine the principles of developmental psychopathology with methodology from behavior genetics, psychophysiology, and developmental psychology.  I am particularly interested in identifying factors that protect high-risk children, especially offspring of depressed parents, from developing social and emotional problems. Our current lab studies focus on various social-cognitive and empathy-related constructs as potential risk and protective factors.  You can learn more about our lab and how to participate in our studies at

Undergraduate and graduate student research assistants are critical to the success of this research program. Students have the opportunity to learn diverse skills, such as rating behaviors during parent-child interactions, scoring psychophysiological data, administering psychological measures and interviews, and learning statistical techniques for investigating complex research questions. I always welcome inquiries from interested students.  Undergraduate students can apply to work in the lab by completing an online application:

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests overlap with my research program and inform our  research questions.  I have experience conducting family,  individual, and group interventions for children and adolescents in diverse settings and expertise in evaluations of psychopathology, social and behavioral functioning, and learning abilities. My approach to treatment and assessment is strongly grounded in the empirical literature and incorporates principles and strategies from cognitive-behavioral therapy, behavior family therapy, and family systems theories.

Representative Publications (graduate student authors italicized)

Ngai, I., Tully, E. C., & Anderson, P. L. (in press). The course of the working alliance during cognitive behavior therapy for social anxiety disorder.  Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy.

Tarantino, N. Tully, E.C., Garcia, S., South, S., Iacono, W.G., & McGue, M. (in press). Genetic and environmental influences on affiliation with deviant peers during adolescence and early adulthood. Developmental Psychology.

Tully, E. C., & Iacono, W. G. (in press). An integrative common genetic liabilities model for the comorbidity of substance use disorders with externalizing and internalizing disorders. In K. Sher (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Substance Use Disorders. New York: Oxford University Press.

Masuda, A., Mandavia, A., & Tully, E. C. (in press). The role of psychological inflexibility and mindfulness in somatization depression and anxiety among Asian Americans in the United States.  Asian American Journal of Psychology.

Garcia, S., Tully, E. C., Tarantino, N., South, S. Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2013). Changes in genetic and environmental influences on trait anxiety from middle adolescence to early adulthood. Journal of Affective Disorders, 151, 46-53. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.05.046

Edmonds, F., Masuda, A., & Tully, E. C. (2013). Relations among self-concealment, mindfulness, and internalizing problems. Mindfulness. doi: 10.1007/s12671-013-0204-z

Williamson, R. A., Donohue, M. R., & Tully, E. C. (2013). Learning how to help others: Two-year-olds’ social learning of a prosocial act. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 114(4), PMID: 23273576

Masuda, A., & Tully, E. C. (2012). The role of mindfulness and psychological flexibility in somatization, depression, anxiety, and general psychological distress in a nonclinical college sample. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 17(1), 66-71. doi: 10.1177/2156587211423400

Goodman, S. H., Tully, E. C., Hartman, C. L., Connell, A. M., & Huh, M. (2011). Measuring children’s perceptions of their mothers' depression: The Children’s Perceptions of Others' Depression Scale - Mother Version. Journal of Family Psychology, 25(2), 163-173. doi: 10.1037/a0023082. PMID: 21480696

Tully, E. C., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2010). Changes in genetic and environmental influences on the development of nicotine dependence and major depressive disorder from middle adolescence to early adulthood. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 831-848. doi: 10.1017S0954579410000490. PMID: 20883585

Goodman, S. H. & Tully, E. C. (2009).  Recurrence of depression during pregnancy: Psychosocial and personal functioning correlates. Depression and Anxiety, 26, 557-567. doi: 10.1002/da.20421. PMID: 19031489

Disney, L., Iacono, B., McGue, M., Tully, E. C., & Legrand, L. (2008). Strengthening the case: Prenatal alcohol exposure is associated with increased risk for conduct disorder. Pediatrics, 122 (6), 1225-1230. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-1380 . PMID: 19047223

Tully, E. C., Iacono, W. G., & McGue, M. (2008). An adoption study of parental depression as an environmental liability for adolescent depression and childhood disruptive disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165, 1148-1154. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2008.07091438. PMID:  18558644

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (2008). Children of depressed mothers: Implications for the etiology, treatment, and prevention of depression in children and adolescents. In J. R. Z. Abela & B. L. Hankin (Eds.), Handbook of Depression in Children and Adolescents (pp. 415-440). New York: Guilford Publications, Inc.

Tully, E. C., & Goodman, S. H. (2007). Early developmental processes inform the study of mental disorders. In S. O. Lilienfeld & W. T. O'Donohue (Eds.), The Great Ideas of Clinical Science: 17 Principles that Every Mental Health Professional Should Understand (pp. 313-328). New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (2006). Depression in women who are mothers: An integrative model of risk for the development of psychopathology in their sons and daughters. In C. L. M. Keyes & S. H. Goodman (Eds.), Women and depression: A handbook for the social, behavioral, and biomedical sciences (pp. 241-280). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Goodman, S. H., & Tully, E. C. (2003). Depression in spouses and parents:  Problems and solutions. In J. Witte Jr., D. S. Browning, & S. M. Tipton (Eds.), Sex, Marriage, and Family & the Religions of the Book: Modern Problems, Enduring Solution. Atlanta, GA: Emory University.