Dr. Cindy Ewell Foster and Patricia Smith, MS were recently awarded the Garrett Lee Smith State/Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention grant funding to implement the 5-year project entitled: Transforming Youth Suicide Prevention in Michigan, Phase 3 (TYSP-Mi3).
Congratulations Dr. Cindy Ewell Foster!
June 28, 2019
Best Wishes, Tim!
June 21, 2019
Tim Mayer recently accepted a position as a research assistant at Brown University under the direction of Drs. Heather Schatten and Michael Armey. In the future, Tim hopes to pursue a PhD in counseling psychology.
The Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention In the News
June 16, 2019
Dr. Cheryl King was featured in an interview about the Youth-Nominated Support Intervention (YST) and the potential role of social support on suicide mortality.
June 7, 2019
Nate Healy recently accepted an offer from the University of Houston's clinical psychology Ph.D program under the direction of Dr. Anka Vujanovic. Nate hopes to pursue research focusing on PTSD and concurrent conditions (suicidality, anxiety, substance use) in first responders.
June 6, 2019
The YDSP research program has unveiled new artwork. Our artwork conveys two central concepts: (1) the synergy we have working together, and (2) our focus on reaching out and facilitating healthy youth outcomes. Thanks for all of your help on this, Tim!
The Narrowing Gender Gap In Teen Suicide
June 5, 2019
Dr. Cheryl King was featured in an interview about the teen suicide gender gap and, specifically, the increase in female suicide deaths.
Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention MCubed Funding
Drs. Cheryl King, Joseph Himle, and Alex Rogers were recently awarded MCubed Diamond funding which encourages interdisciplinary research teams who seek to answer compelling questions in the area of translational research. The team will pilot test an adapted version of the YST intervention in the emergency department.
American Association of Suicidology 52nd Annual Conference
April 24-27, 2019
Adam Horwitz,* Alejandra Arango,* Claire Hatkevich,* Danielle Busby,* & more presented work at the AAS 52nd Conference in Denver, CO.
Congratulations to our team members who presented at AAS this year. Works included:
Wednesday, April 24th
Poster 115 - Text-based support for adolescents following psychiatric hospitalization. Ewa Czyz, Cheryl King, Nate Healy, Maureen Walton.
Poster 116 - Technology-augmented support for families of suicidal adolescents seeking emergency department care. Ewa Czyz, Nate Healy, Cindy Foster, Kimberly McManama O'Brien, Christina Magness, Cheryl King, Corey Jackson.
Poster 119 - Adolescent- and Parent-Reported Warning Signs for Adolescent Suicide Attempts. Alejandra Arango, Taylor McGuire, Polly Gipson, Ewa Czyz, Danielle Busby, Johnny Berona, Alexander Rogers, Victor Hong, Courtney Bagge, Cheryl King.
Poster 131 - Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training in the Child Welfare Workforce: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice Patterns Prior to and Following SafeTALK Training. Eskira Kahsay, Christina Magness, Seth Persky, Patricia Smith, Cindy Foster.
Thursday, April 25th
Paper 9 - Differences in Characteristics of Veteran and Civilian Suicide Decedents: A Sex-stratified Examination of the National Violent Death Reporting System Adam Horwitz, Dale Smith, Philip Held, Alyson Kay Zalta
Paper 12 - Challenges and Opportunities: Working Across the Spectrum of Suicide Prevention in a Rural Setting. Sarah Derwin, Cindy Foster, Christina Magness, Patricia Smith, Emily Jo Pratt, Teresa Frankovich
Paper 14 - A Latent Profile Analysis of Chronic Life Stress in Ethno-racially Diverse Inpatient Adolescents. Claire Hatkevich, Francesca Penner, Ryan M Hill, Carla Sharp.
Paper 15 - Examining Barriers to Mental Health Service Use Among Black College Students at Elevated Risk for Suicide Danielle Busby, Kai Zheng, Daniel Eisenberg, Todd Favorite, William Coryell, Jacqueline Pistorello, Ronald Albucher, Cheryl King.
Panel 24 - Expanding our Definition of the Early Career Suicidologist: The Importance of Breaking Down the Silos. Mary LeCloux, Danny Gladden, Laura M. Frey, Polly Gipson.
Friday, April 26th
Paper 19 - Different Domains of Connectedness and Suicide Risk among Youth Victims of Peer Bullying. Alejandra Arango, Cheryl King, Polly Gipson.
Panel 63 - Understanding Proximal Risk for Suicide Attempts. Cheryl King, Courtney Bagge, Catherine Glenn, Ewa Czyz.
Paper 28 - Depression, Alcohol, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicide Attempts in Sexual and Gender Minority College Students. Adam Horwitz, Johnny Berona, Danielle Busby, Daniel Eisenberg, Kai Zheng, Jacqueline Pistorello, Ronald Albucher, William Coryell, Todd Favorite, Cheryl King.
Congratulations to Alejandra Arango!
March 29, 2019
Alejandra Arango successfully defended her dissertation defense titled, “Proximal and Distal Relations between Interpersonal Conflict, Social Connectedness, and Youth Suicide Risk”.
Depression on College Campuses Conference
March 13, 2019
Danielle Busby, PhD,* Adam Horwitz, PhD, & Tim Mayer, BA* presented work on perceived barriers to mental health service utilization and suicide risk in racial, sexual, and gender minority college students at the DOCC conference.*Pictured
- Depression on College Campuses (DOCC) One Size Does Not Fit All: Aligning Levels of Care to Student Mental Health Needs: March 13-14, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI.
- Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting: March 21-23, 2019, Baltimore, MD.
- American Association of Suicidology (AAS) 52nd Annual Conference: Converging Fields, Expanding Perspectives: April 24-27, 2019, Denver, CO.
- Association for Psychological Science (APS) 31st APS Annual Convention: May 23-26, 2019, Washington, D.C.
- International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP) Nineteenth Biennial Scientific Meeting: June 26-29, 2019, Los Angeles, CA.
- American Psychological Association (APA) Convention: August 8-11, 2019, Chicago, IL.
- National Network of Depression Centers (NNDC): September 24-25, 2019, Ann Arbor, MI.
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) 65th Annual Meeting: October 14-19, 2019, Chicago, IL.
- IASR/AFSP International Summit on Suicide Research: Suicide Prevention Research: A Global Imperative: October 27-30, 2019, Miami, FL.
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 53rd Annual Convention: November 21-24, 2019, Atlanta, GA.
March 2019 Project Updates
Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students (eBridge)
eBridge is an NIMH funded online intervention that screens students for mental health concerns including elevated suicide risk and facilitates their linkage to mental health (MH) services. Following a web-based screen using standardized scales to identify students at elevated risk, eBridge offers students options for personalized online feedback and corresponding online linkage with professionals who are trained in MI and knowledgeable about university and community resources. We have recently concluded recruitment for Year 5 at four universities: the University of Michigan, the University of Nevada-Reno, the University of Iowa, and Stanford University. We enrolled 1,988 college students and will be sending out the 6-month follow-up survey to assess mental health service linkage during the Spring, which will wrap up our data collection for this 5 year study. We recently submitted a baseline manuscript titled Depression, Alcohol Misuse, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicide Attempts in Sexual and Gender Minority College Students. In addition to this, our team currently has 2 more eBridge manuscripts in preparation-one looking at associations of prescription drug abuse and other illicit substance use in college students with suicide risk and the other investigating associations of victimization and discrimination with mental health outcomes among sexual and gender minority college students and whether or not sexual/gender minorities who are also racial/ethnic minorities are at an even greater risk for negative mental health outcomes.
24 Hour Warning Signs for Suicide
This NIMH-funded project was designed to identify the warning signs associated with near-term risk for suicide. We have enrolled 1019 youth and families and recruitment is now closed. These teens are receiving biweekly text message surveys about their mental health status. 86 teens have completed more in-depth telephone interviews about their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors within the 24-48 hours before a reported suicide attempt. Parents also complete a telephone interview about their observations of the teen’s behavior during the same 24- to 48-hour period. 164 case control interviews have also been completed!
Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide (ED-STARS)
ED-STARS just concluded follow up interviews this month. A total of 4,050 participants were recruited and followed up at 3 and 6 month intervals. A total of 2491 3-month and 1134 6-month follow up interviews were conducted. This study was designed to validate the sensitivity of a computerized adaptive screen for predicting suicide attempts that was implemented in study one with 6,005 youths. Several working papers are now under way with this data.
Developing An Adaptive Intervention for Suicidal Adolescents Following Inpatient Hospitalization: A Pilot Smart
The overarching goal of this intervention development study involving adolescents who are hospitalized due to suicide risk is to optimize a safety plan intervention and post-discharge text-based support for teens hospitalized for suicide-related concerns. This study is currently in the final stages of data collection for the first of its two study aims; the purpose of study aim 1 was to obtain feedback from adolescents about the content of the text-based support. Participant recruitment for the second aim of the study, a Sequential Multiple Assignment Randomized Trial (SMART) pilot, will begin in early March.
Transforming Youth Suicide Prevention in Michigan (SAMHSA) Grant Team Updates
The PES Family Support and Follow-Up study aims to inform enhancements to crisis and emergency care for youth and families. At PES, we are recruiting 250-500 families to participate. Youth ages 10-18 with any suicide-related risk factors are eligible. Recruitment into Phase 2 is ongoing - currently have 71 families enrolled in Phase 2 (staff training plus parent tool kit) in addition to 87 families in Phase 1 (baseline). Retreat with larger team took place on 2/27 to discuss Phase 3, tentatively marked to begin in May and will integrate text messaging support post ED discharge for parents of youth at-risk.
Child Welfare Collaboration. Screening Pilot– recruitment completed in December - 22 youth enrolled into study across three partner counties. Continuing to collect 3 & 6 month follow-up data. Staff surveys to be sent out in April to evaluate feasibility and acceptability of the pilot. Workforce Evaluation – safeTALK training manuscript will be submitted to the Child Welfare journal in April.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Youth-Nominated Support Team Intervention Associated with Reduced Mortality
February 28, 2019
New study suggests long-term mortality impacts of youth nominating 'caring adults'.
Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’ Associated with At-Risk Youths' Perceived Suicide Risk
November 21, 2018
Half of suicidal adolescent show viewers in an emergency department report that the controversial television series contributed to their suicide risk.
Congratulations Dr. Polly Gipson!
Dr. Polly Gipson was awarded a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Promoting Resilience and Outreach through Multi-tiered Interventions and Supportive Environments (PROMISE) for Success: A Trauma-Informed & Trauma-Responsive Community Intervention will be implemented in Ypsilanti.
Nation’s Largest Suicide Prevention Organization Honors Dr. Cheryl King
May 15, 2018
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) presented Dr. Cheryl King with a research award for her work in youth suicide prevention at the 2018 Lifesavers Gala.