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Investigating an Interoceptive Model of Adolescent Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,998
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Psychosocial Studies

Vera Vine, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mentor: Stephanie Stepp, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Inside the Research

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among U.S. adolescents and has been associated with difficulties in self-perception and understanding, or emotional self-awareness. In the human body, the heart constantly communicates information to the brain which is critical for emotional health and awareness. Interviews, reports of daily experiences, and neurophysiological (brain-body) techniques, including recording the brain’s responses to heartbeats, will be collected and integrated to investigate the role of miscommunication between the heart and brain in adolescents’ suicidal thoughts and behaviors.