Improving Identification and Prediction of Suicide Risk in Youth
January 19th, 2017
2:00 - 3:00pm EST
Free for AAS Members | $35 for Non-Members
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Suicide is the second leading cause of death among youth ages 10-19 (CDC, 2015). To ultimately prevent suicide deaths, the field needs to be able to effectively identify and predict which youth are at greatest risk for suicide. Unfortunately, despite decades of research on risk and protective factors, we remain limited in our ability to accurately predict risk for suicidal behavior. Prior research has been hampered by a number of conceptual and methodological factors—most notably, insufficient understanding of the psychological processes leading youth to become suicidal and a major reliance on self-report and subjective measurement tools. This webinar will discuss research aimed at improving identification and prediction of suicide risk in youth through the objective examination of implicit suicide-related cognition (e.g., self-identification with suicide) and suicide-related affect (e.g., fearlessness of suicide). These objective measures may address limitations of prior research by moving beyond individuals’ subjective reporting of their own risk level. The ultimate goal of this research is to enhance the current state-of-the-science to more accurately identify and predict which youth are at greatest risk for engaging in suicidal behavior.
By the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:
- Report the prevalence and public health impact of suicidal behaviors in youth
- Identify key limitations of prior research on suicide risk prediction
- Describe types of objective tools that may aid in suicide risk prediction
Catherine (Cassie) Glenn, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology at the University of Rochester and the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Cassie received her B.A. from the University of Virginia in 2004 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University in 2012 (Mentors: Dr. David Klonsky and Dr. Daniel Klein). She completed her clinical internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and VA Medical Center (Mentor: Dr. Courtney Bagge) and a three-year NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University (Mentor: Dr. Matthew Nock). In her research, Cassie uses a multimodal approach to advance understanding of the psychological processes leading to suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors and improve the field’s ability to predict which individuals are at greatest risk of self-injury. To support this work, she has received grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Military Suicide Research Consortium, and the Society of Pediatric Psychology (APA Division 54).