The overarching goals of our research are: to advance understanding of the psychological processes that lead to suicidal and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs), to improve our ability to identify when individuals are most at risk for SITBs, and to leverage this knowledge to enhance interventions and preventions for SITBs. Suicidal and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors typically begin during adolescence, and rates increase drastically during this developmental period. The YR² Lab is particularly focused on the development, risk identification, and ultimate prevention of these behaviors in youth. Our research uses a multimodal approach to examine the interplay among risk and resilience factors across self-report, behavioral, and psychophysiological units of analysis, in both large-scale cross-sectional and intensive longitudinal designs.
Below is a brief overview of the YR² Lab’s major areas of research: