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The following are links to prominent university research labs whose lead investigators are particularly interested in furthering our understanding of self-injury:
Nancy Heath, Ph.D.
James McGill Professor of Human Development and School/Applied Child Psychology. This research team is committed to conducting both applied and basic research addressing issues of resilience and adaptive functioning in youth and young adults. Information about current projects can be found on their website; current areas of interest include non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), depression, self-perceptions, and working alliance. The Heath Research Team focuses on self-injury in the schools. Visitors will also find a variety of informational fact sheets related to NSSI, intended for a wide audience, available in English and French.
Colleen Jacobson, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist, Research Fellow, Division of Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry, Columbia University, New York State Psychiatric
Institute in New York, NY. Dr. Jacobson and her colleagues are
addressing the epidemiological aspects of self-injury, in addition to
developing assessments of and treatment for self-injury.
E. David Klonsky, Ph.D.
Director of the Personality, Emotions and Behavior Lab, Stoney Brook University. The PEBL lab studies personality traits and emotion processes that lead to psychopathology and maladaptive behaviors. The lab utilizes self-report questionnaires, clinical interviews, electronic diaries, and psychophysiological measures of central and peripheral nervous system activity (EDR, RSA, EEG). A primary focus of the lab is self-injury. The lab also examines negative affectivity, emotion dysregulation, and trait impulsivity as core features of diverse psychiatric problems, such as Borderline Personality Disorder, suicide, and substance use. A third interest is the validity of clinical inference and assessment.
Matt Nock, Ph.D.
Director of the Laboratory for Clinical and developmental Research and Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at Harvard University. His research interests focus primarily on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of self-injurious and aggressive behaviors, particularly among children and adolescents. Current projects include the development and evaluation of laboratory and ecological assessment methods for evaluating processes associated with self-injurious and aggressive behaviors. A related line of his research focuses on the evaluation of treatments for impulsive, aggressive, and self-injurious behaviors and on factors that mediate and moderate clinical change.
Karen Rodham, PhD
Based in the UK. She combines her role as a practicing Chartered Health Psychologist at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases in Bath, with her role as a lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Bath. Her research focuses broadly on how people cope with difficult situations. She has an established interest in self-harm and has focused in particular on the issue of adolescent self-harm; publishing in academic journals as well as co-authoring a book on the subject. More recently she has turned her attention to the Internet (specifically message boards) as a means of investigating the role this medium plays in terms of supporting those who engage in self-harming behaviors.
Janis Whitlock, Ph.D.,
MPH Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behaviors in Adolescents and Young Adults. Janis' work focuses on social, cultural, and contextual contributors to healthy and unhealthy behaviors in adolescents. Her work in self-injury has centered on expanding understanding of the scope and nature of the practice in community populations of adolescents and young adults as well as on identifying potential vectors for contagion. Her current interest is on identifying developmental pathways from adversity to well- being and, in particular, on the ways in which adverse experiences contribute to growth and development. View her article in the Journal of Clinical Psychology.
Tuppett Yates, Ph.D.
Director of the Adversity and Adaptation Lab at University of California Riverside. Her research focuses on the developmental sequelae of early adversity, with a particular emphasis on intrafamilial violence. With a keen appreciation for the common processes underlying both positive and problematic adaptation, Dr. Yates research explores both psychopathological outcomes (e.g., self-injury, risk taking, emotion dysregulation) associated with adverse life experience, and the better than expected outcomes that typify resilience.
The Self Injury Foundation is not involved with any of the research projects listed above. At times we post calls for subjects as a service to researchers in the field. of calls for Any comments or complaints should be directed to the authors of the project and/or their sponsoring university.