Jessica Schwartzman, PhD

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Jessica Schwartzman is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at VUMC and a Member of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University in 2020, and completed her pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship in Autism and Lifespan Development at the VUMC Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Schwartzman has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of depressive and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents, with specialty training in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has clinical expertise in psychological testing and risk management (e.g., suicide, self-harm). Dr. Schwartzman employs cognitive-behavioral approaches and adapts standard techniques to the unique needs of autistic youth and adults. She is fluent in Spanish and delivers psychological testing to Spanish-speaking youth and families.

Research Information

Dr. Schwartzman's research aims to characterize and treat depression and suicidality in autistic youth and adults, and to investigate ways to foster youth, parent, and family resilience. Her emerging program of research includes investigations into risk and resilience factors for depression and suicidality in autistic youth, including salient treatment targets. Through this work, Dr. Schwartzman aims to identify targets for adapting and advancing interventions for depression and suicidality in the unique context of autism. Her work is supported by the Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Representative Publications

Schwartzman, J. M., Smith, J. R., & Bettis, A. H. (2021). Safety planning for suicidality in autism: obstacles, potential solutions, and future directions. Pediatrics, 148(6).

Schwartzman, J. M., & Corbett, B. A. (2020). Higher depressive symptoms in early adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder by self-and parent-report compared to typically-developing peers. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 77, 101613.

Schwartzman, J. M., Williams, Z. J., & Corbett, B. A. (2022). Diagnostic-and sex-based differences in depression symptoms in autistic and neurotypical early adolescents. Autism, 26(1), 256-269.

Schwartzman, J., Williams, Z., Richards, J., Mattheiss, S., & Gotham, K. (2022). Neuroticism Drives Associations Between Repetitive Behaviors and Depression in Autistic Adults. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 13.

Schwartzman, J. M., Millan, M. E., Uljarevic, M., & Gengoux, G. W. (2021). Resilience intervention for parents of children with autism: Findings from a randomized controlled trial of the AMOR Method. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-20.

Schwartzman, J. M., Hardan, A. Y., & Gengoux, G. W. (2021). Parenting stress in autism spectrum disorder may account for discrepancies in parent and clinician ratings of child functioning. Autism, 25(6), 1601-1614.

Schwartzman, J. M., Millan, M. E., & Gengoux, G. W. (2022). Predictors of self-reported resilience in parents of autistic children. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 94, 101954.

Corbett, B. A., Schwartzman, J. M., Libsack, E. J., Muscatello, R. A., Lerner, M. D., Simmons, G. L., & White, S. W. (2021). Camouflaging in Autism: Examining Sex‐Based and Compensatory Models in Social Cognition and Communication. Autism Research, 14(1), 127-142.

Corbett, B. A., Muscatello, R. A., Klemencic, M. E., & Schwartzman, J. M. (2021). The impact of COVID‐19 on stress, anxiety, and coping in youth with and without autism and their parents. Autism Research, 14(7), 1496-1511.

Spackman, E., Lerh, J. W., Rodgers, J., Hollocks, M. J., South, M., McConachie, H., ... & Uljarević, M. (2022). Understanding the heterogeneity of anxiety in autistic youth: A person‐centered approach. Autism Research.

Schwartzman, J. M., Strong, K., Ardel, C. M., Schuck, R. K., Millan, M. E., Phillips, J. M., ... & Gengoux, G. W. (2021). Language Improvement Following Pivotal Response Treatment for Children With Developmental Disorders. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 126(1), 45-57.

Gengoux, G. W., Schwartzman, J. M., Millan, M. E., Schuck, R. K., Ruiz, A. A., Weng, Y., ... & Hardan, A. Y. (2021). Enhancing Social Initiations Using Naturalistic Behavioral Intervention: Outcomes from a Randomized Controlled Trial for Children with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 51(10), 3547-3563.