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Suicidality in youth with autism spectrum disorder: Interaction between biological vulnerabilities and cognitive dysfunction

2020 Young Investigator Grant
Amount Awarded: $89,357
Focus Areas: Psychosocial Studies, Neurobiological Studies

Carly McMorris, Ph.D.
University of Calgary (Canada)

Mentor: David Klonsky, Ph.D., University of British Columbia (Canada)

Inside the Research

Youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience suicidal thoughts and behaviors, but the contributors are not well known. The biological response to a stressful situation and its interaction with cognitive (thought) processes will be studied to gain insight into potential biological and psychosocial risk factors for suicide among youth with ASD.