Benjamin L Hankin

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Program Area: Clinical/Community

Professor of Psychology

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  • developmental psychopathology

Research Description

Benjamin Hankin’s research takes a developmentalpsychopathological approach to understand risk factors and mechanisms indepression and related internalizing emotional disorders, especially inchildren and adolescents. He is also interested in translating knowledge onvulnerability into evidence-based assessment and interventions. He isinterested in studying the interplay and integration of various vulnerabilitiesto internalizing problems across multiple levels of analysis in youth,including: cognitive, interpersonal, temperament, stress, genetics, stressbiology, cognitive control and executive function, attention, parenting,emotion, and neural circuitry. He typically studies these questions withintensive, prospective multi-wave designs that follow relatively large,unselected samples of youth and a caregiver from the general community overseveral years and across developmentally sensitive transitions.

Presently, he and his colleagues are translatingthe basic knowledge gained from several of these longitudinal risk studies intoevidence-based assessment and intervention work. He is PI of a 5-year NIMHfunded study investigating personalized depression prevention (PDP study) to investigate if we  canbetter bend trajectories of depression and risk factors during adolescence.Along with Jami Young, Ph.D., the co-Primary Investigator at RutgersUniversity, they are conducting a 2-site randomized clinical trial to examinethe benefits of matching youth to a prevention program (cognitive-behavioral orinterpersonal) that best fits their individual needs (i.e., cognitive risk orinterpersonal risk) and evaluate whether these youth are less likely to developdepression during the high-risk adolescent period. Second, he is co-PrimaryInvestigator, in collaboration with colleagues at University of Colorado, on a5-year NIMH funded study to investigate how selection processes, one aspect ofcognitive control, when assessed via multiple units of analysis(neurotransmitter, neural, behavioral, self-report) change and develop acrosstime and the lifespan and predict internalizing problems in adolescents andadults.

In recognition of his research, Dr. Hankin hasbeen recognized with several awards, including the American PsychologicalAssociation's Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution toPsychopathology in 2010, the Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor Awardfrom the University of South Carolina in 2008, and the President's NewResearcher Award from Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy in2004. In 2016 he moved to University of Illinois Urbana Champaign as the Fredand Ruby Kanfer Professor of Psychology. He currently serves as the AssociateEditor for Psychological Bulletin; he is on the editorial board of severalleading clinical and developmental psychopathology journals.


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, 2001




  • Introduction to Clinical Community Psychology 538A, Psychopathology

LLS Titles & Affiliations

  • Fred and Ruby Kanfer Professor of Psychology


Chapter Books

  • Hankin, Benjamin, Hannah Snyder, and Lauren Gulley. Cognitive risks in developmental psychopathology. In Developmental Psychopathology 3rd Ed. Chapter Book. Ed. Dante Cicchetti. Hoboken: Wiley, 2016.

Journal Articles

  • Snyder, Hannah, Jami Young, and Benjamin Hankin. "Strong homotypic continuity in common psychopathology, internalizing and externalizing factors across 18 months in adolescents. ." Clinical Psychological Science. (2016):
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Hannah Snyder, Lauren Gulley, Tina Schweizer, Patricia Bijttebier, S Toh, and Michael Vasey. "Understanding comorbidity among internalizing problems: Integrating structural models of psychopathology and risk mechanisms. ." Development and Psychopathology. (2016):
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Jami Young, Andrew Smolen, Jessica Jenness, Lauren Gulley, Jessica Technow, Andrea Gottlieb, Joseph Cohen, and Caroline Oppenheimer. "Depression from childhood in late adolescence: Influence of gender, development, genetic susceptibility, and peer stress. ." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124 (2015): 803-816.
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Lisa Badanes, Andrew Smolen, and Jami Young. "Cortisol reactivity to stress among youth: Stability over time and genetic variants for stress sensitivity." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124 (2015): 54-67.
  • Hankin, Benjamin. "Future directions in vulnerability to depression among youth: Integrating risks across multiple levels of analysis. ." Future directions in vulnerability to depression among youth: Integrating risks across multiple levels of analysis. 41 (2012): 695-718.
  • Hankin, Benjamin. "Stability of cognitive vulnerabilities to depression: A short-term prospective multi-wave study. ." Journal of Abnormal Psychology 117 (2008): 324-333.
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Robin Mermelstein, and Linda Roesch. "Sex differences in adolescent depression: Stress exposure and reactivity. ." Child Development 78 (2007): 279-295.
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Chris Fraley, Benjamin Lahey, and Irwin Waldman. "Is youth depressive disorder best viewed as a continuum or discrete category? A taxometric analysis of childhood and adolescent depression in a population-based sample. ." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 114 (2005): 96-110..
  • Hankin, Benjamin. "Development of gender differences in depression: An elaborated cognitive vulnerability-transactional stress theory. ." Psychological Bulletin 127 (2001): 773-796..
  • Hankin, Benjamin, Lyn Abramson, Terrie Moffitt, Paul Silva, Rob McGee, and Kathryn Angell. "Development of depression from preadolescence to young adulthood: Emerging gender differences in a 10 year longitudinal study. ." Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 107 (1998): 128-141..
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