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Integrated Suicide and Substance Use Intervention for Adolescents in Substance Use Treatment

2021 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,992
Focus Area: Clinical Treatment Studies

Christina Sellers, Ph.D., LCSW

Christina Sellers, Ph.D., LCSW
Simmons University

Mentor: Anthony Spirito, Ph.D.

Inside the Research

Suicide and substance use are often interrelated and worsen each other. Adolescents with problematic substance use typically receive outpatient substance use treatment, where suicidal thoughts and behaviors are rarely fully addressed. A comprehensive, integrated suicide and substance use intervention for outpatient substance use treatment will be developed collaboratively with clinicians and patients. Next, the intervention will be assessed for feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effects on suicide and substance-related outcomes.