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Air Quality and Suicide

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $90,000
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Claudia Persico, Ph.D.
American University

Mentor: Dave Marcotte, Ph.D., American University

Inside the Research

Air pollution has been demonstrated to affect health, including increases in depressive symptoms, and social factors. This study will be the first to examine the relationship between air pollution and suicide. Data from death certificates in the United States will be used to estimate the impact of days with high air pollution on suicide rates compared to other days in the same month, year, and county with lower air pollution. Findings could inform suicide prevention resources and policy efforts in order to reduce the population rate of suicide.