Depression and Financial Distress in a Clinical Population: The Value of Interdisciplinary Services and Training

  • Megan R. FordEmail author
  • Émilie M. Ellis
  • Joseph Goetz
  • Kristy L. Archuleta
  • Jerry E. Gale
  • Barbara Grossman
  • Elizabeth Grant
  • Jennifer Gonyea
Original Paper


Therapy professionals who work from a systems theory perspective recognize the complex nature of client problems, as well as the value of a holistic, ecosystemic approach. In practice, a specific area of crossover that therapists may notice involves mental health issues and financial concerns; two of the most pervasive include depression and financial distress. This study sought to explore whether findings from an interdisciplinary clinical population were consistent with existing literature on the relationship between depression and financial distress. It was hypothesized that financial distress would predict depression, and that depression would predict financial distress. Evidence of a significant relationship between depression and financial distress in the interdisciplinary clinical sample was found (N = 118). As a result, additional education, training, and collaborative work with complementary areas like financial planning or financial counseling may be of benefit to therapists working with similar populations. The value and implications of interdisciplinary training, as well as an existing interdisciplinary clinic model, are discussed.


Depression Financial distress Interdisciplinary Holistic Ecosystemic model 



The authors would like to acknowledge and thank the past and present members of the ASPIRE Clinic advisory group, specifically Lee Johnson, Megan Lee, Alex Scherr, Maria Bermúdez, John Grable, and Sarah Zenti. Thank you for your efforts and contributions. The authors would also like to acknowledge and thank the students, staff, and faculty of the UGA ASPIRE Clinic.

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Conflict of interest

There authors declares that they have no conflicts of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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