About Monthly Research Spotlights

CSPAR hosts a free research spotlight series on the third Thursday each month from 9-10am pacific. These presentations will delve into emerging literature on suicide prevention and treatment. Anyone is invited to attend.

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Upcoming Spotlights

  • July 18, 2024: Client and Clinician Outcomes from the Preventing Addiction Related Suicide trial with Dr. Rick Ries
  • August 15, 2024: Canceled – Summer Break
  • September 19, 2024: TBD
  • October 17, 2024: TBD

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Find recordings of past research spotlights below.

6/20/24: Treatment Preferences of People with Lived Experience of Suicidality: A National Sample

Historically, interventions in suicide care have often been developed by clinicians who have spent a lot of time helping those experiencing suicidality. However, the development of such interventions frequently excludes input from people with lived experience of suicidality. In this month’s spotlight, CSPAR director Dr. Kate Comtois presents research findings from a study with a nationwide sample of individuals with lived experience of suicidality to better understand their opinions and preferences for interventions targeting suicidality. In addition to treatment preferences, participants were surveyed on what values of care were most meaningful to them.

5/16/2024: Exploring TikTok’s Impact on Young Adult Mental Health and Suicidality: Insights from User Perspectives and Data

Today’s adolescents and young adults are immersed in digital spaces, with TikTok being the most popular digital platform used by over 63% of the United States’ adolescents & young adults to connect with others through short video clips. In this presentation, Dr. Keyne Law explores TikTok’s influence on mental health and suicidal ideation. It will include exploring participants’ perceptions regarding the positive and negative influences of TikTok on mental health from qualitative interviews. Then, she will present preliminary quantitative findings from the same participant’s TikTok user data, analyzing how their activity on the app, social connections, and engagement relate to suicidal ideation. The presentation concludes with a discussion on methodological challenges and future directions for suicide research and prevention on social media platforms.

2/15/2024: Behavioral Warning Signs in the Prediction of Future Suicidal Thoughts & Attempts

Dr. Bagge and Dr. Littlefield present a study which targeted and followed a sample with a pronounced risk of suicidal behaviors: patients who are discharged from a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt. The main aim of the study was to determine whether subgroup membership, characterized by disparate patterns of behavioral warning signs for their suicide attempt, could predict serious suicidal ideation and behavior 12 months post-discharge.

12/21/23: Developing a family-focused screening and brief intervention to reduce access to firearm lethal means in rural Alaska Native communities

Dr. Lisa Wexler shares learnings from research exploring ways to reduce environmental suicide risk in firearm-owning Alaska Native (AN) households. Discussion will focus on the components and outcomes, which suggest a highly acceptable, practical and potentially impactful intervention.