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Frontal-Limbic Abnormalities and Early Life Stress in Susceptibility and Resilience to Suicide

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,996
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Psychosocial Studies

Milenna van Dijk, Ph.D.

Milenna van Dijk, Ph.D.
New York State Psychiatric Institute

Mentor: Myrna Weissman, Ph.D., MSW

Inside the Research

Some individuals with a family history of suicide die by suicide while others do not. Researchers will use brain imaging and childhood adversity data to investigate the neurobiological and environmental factors which influence whether individuals with a family history of suicide experience suicidal ideation or attempt suicide (i.e. susceptibility) or do not (i.e. resilience). The goal is to identify characteristics specific to susceptibility and resilience among individuals with high familial risk for suicide.