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Predicting Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors by Tracking Digital Experiences in Adolescents who were Depressed as Preschoolers

2021 Linked Standard Research Grant
Amount Awarded: $450,000
Focus Areas: Neurobiological Studies, Psychosocial Studies

Joan Luby, M.D.

Joan Luby, M.D.
Washington University

Deanna Barch, Ph.D.

Deanna Barch, Ph.D.
University of Oregon

Nicholas Allen, Ph.D.

Nicholas Allen, Ph.D.
University of Oregon

Inside the Research

Little is known about the daily social interactions that children have that might increase risk or protect from suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STB). In a group of children who expressed suicidal thoughts and behaviors in early childhood, we will study cell phone communications and activity patterns to investigate if, and how, they might be related to expressions of STB. We will also explore whether exposure to certain types of media impacts these mental states.