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Youth Risk and Resilience Lab
184 Meliora Hall, Box 270266
Rochester, NY 14627

Phone: (585) 276-7886

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Library Rd
Rochester, NY, 14611
United States

(585) 276 7886


The overarching goals of our research are to advance understanding of the psychological processes that lead to suicidal and self-injurious behaviors and improve our ability to identify and predict which individuals are at greatest risk. Given that suicidal and self-injurious behaviors initially begin during adolescence, and rates increase drastically during this developmental period, the YR² Lab is particularly focused on the development, prediction, and ultimate prevention of these behaviors in youth. Our research uses a multimodal approach to examine the complex interplay among risk factors across self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological, and neurobiological units of analysis, in both cross-sectional and prospective designs.

Using a clinical science perspective, the YR² Lab aims to address the following key research questions:

Current Research Grants

Military Suicide Research Consortium
Enhancing Identification of Suicide Risk Among Military Service Members and Veterans: A Machine Learning Approach to Suicidality
Co-Investigator (PI Littlefield)
2018 - 2019

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (YIG-1-054-16)
Sleep Disturbance and Short-Term Suicide Risk in Youth After Psychiatric Hospitalization
Principal Investigator
2017 - 2019

Previous Research Grants

Harvard Catalyst - Addressing Mental Health in the Second Decade of Life Through Translational Lifecourse Research (Pilot Grant)
Quantifying Reinforcement Learning Deficits in Adolescent Depression: A Computational Imaging Study
Co-Investigator (PI Somerville)
2015 - 2016

Military Suicide Research Consortium (W81XWH-10-2-0181)
New Approaches to the Measurement of Suicide-Related Cognition
Co-Investigator (PI Nock)
2013 - 2016

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Pilot Grant)
Examining the Neurobiology of Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents
Principal Investigator
2014 - 2015

National Institute of Mental Health (F32 MH097354)
Behavioral and Physiological Predictors of Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents
Principal Investigator
2012 - 2015

National Institute of Mental Health (F31 MH086197)
Translational Approaches to the Study of Emotion in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Principal Investigator
2009 - 2011