A primary focus of the lab is to understand and prevent suicide. Our research is guided by an ideation-to-action framework in which factors explaining suicide ideation (e.g., emotional pain, hopelessness) are considered separately from factors explaining progression from ideation to suicide attempts (e.g., habituation to self-inflicted violence; access to, knowledge about, and comfort with lethal means).

Our interests are many, and include the roles of impulsivity and nonsuicidal self-injury in suicide. We have also developed a measure of motivations for suicide, which you can access by clicking here.

In addition, we have developed a new theory of suicide positioned within the ideation-to-action framework: the Three-Step Theory (3ST).