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Understanding Suicide Risk in Adolescents: The Unique Role of Imagery

2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship
Amount Awarded: $112,000
Focus Area: Psychosocial Studies

Hannah Lawrence, Ph.D.
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Mentor: Richard Liu, Ph.D., McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Inside the Research

Whereas suicidal mental imagery is potentially a powerful predictor of suicidal behavior, the ability to form positive mental imagery may be a protective factor. Examining mental imagery in adolescents is critical, especially since these abilities peak at this age. This study examines suicidal mental imagery as a risk factor that could be assessed to improve clinical decision-making and the development of interventions that use positive mental imagery to prevent suicide.