MGH has been at the forefront of many scientific advances in treatments for depression.
Richard Norton graduated from Suffolk University in 2018, where he obtained a BS in psychology. While at Suffolk, he became a research assistant to Dr. Lance Swenson in his Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Lab, looking at the influence of gender, cultural identity, and comorbid depression on NSSI. He later worked in the lab with Dr. Stephanie Jarvi Steele, exploring onset of NSSI and pathways to treatment. Richard interned at the Recovery Research Institute at Mass General under the mentorship of Dr. Brandon Bergman, exploring the effectiveness of community health centers on treatment of substance use. Under Prof. Swenson's mentorship, Richard completed his thesis in his senior year, exploring the anti-depressive mechanisms of exercise on depression amongst multi-cultural adolescents. After his two years at the DCRP, Richard plans to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.