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Reducing Suicide Risk in Adolescents and Young Adults via a Psychobehavioral Intervention to Regularize Daily Rhythms and Improve Brain Circuitry Functioning

2021 Focus Grant
Amount Awarded: $1,500,000
Focus Areas: Clinical Treatment Studies, Neurobiological Studies

Hilary Blumberg, M.D.

Hilary Blumberg, M.D.
Yale School of Medicine

Inside the Research

To address irregularities in sleep and other daily rhythms - which are robust suicide risk factors - Brain Emotion Circuitry Targeted Self-Monitoring and Regulation Therapy for Daily Rhythms (BE-SMART-DR) will be administered via telehealth to adolescents and young adults with mood disorders at high risk for suicide. State-of-the-art digital technology (wearable and smartphone) real time data on behaviors and symptoms, and neuroimaging on brain functioning, will provide unique opportunities to identify early indicators and brain mechanisms of risk reduction.