Research Connection

Please join the AFSP NYC Chapter for its first Research Connection featuring Dr. Igor Galynker.

AFSP-funded research has produced ground-breaking new information for the field. Findings like these have increased our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie suicide and shaped prevention efforts in the U.S. as well as other parts of the world. A Research Connection is a way for the AFSP local chapters to bring the research that has been produced to the area to share the findings of what the research says.

Research Connection:
Modular Assessment of Risk for Imminent Suicide: A Novel Tool for Suicide Prediction
Igor Galynker, M.D., Beth Israel Hospital/Mount Sinai
2015 Focus Grant

Short-term risk for suicide depends on a variety of factors—which makes it difficult for clinicians to identify patients at risk. Asking patients about suicidal ideation and behavior isn’t enough because people don’t always experience or report suicidal ideation in times of increased risk.
Dr. Galynker has developed a clinical tool called MARIS (Modular Assessment of Risk for Imminent Suicide). MARIS is a two-part assessment that has data showing it can identify people at immediate risk for suicide. MARIS is unique in that both patient and clinician provide information.
Dr. Galynker will use his Focus Grant to test the effectiveness of MARIS on a large scale. Ninety-six third-year psychiatry residents in the Mount Sinai Mental Health System in New York City will administer MARIS to nearly 2,000 patients. One month after an initial battery of assessments, participating patients will be re-evaluated and their electronic medical records will be reviewed for suicide attempts and deaths by suicide will be monitored.
If MARIS proves successful, clinicians will be able to identify patients at increased risk for imminent suicide, and tailor their treatment to keep them safe.

DATE: Saturday, January 20, 2018
TIME: 10:00am-11:30am
LOCATION: Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Campus
1425 Madison Ave, 1st floor, Goldwurm Auditorium 

Amy Monahan
[email protected]
(646) 284-5790

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