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Using Technology to Measure Suicide Risk in Teens Post-Hospitalization

In 2017, according to the CDC, nearly 17% of high school students seriously considered suicide. Research has indicated that the three-month period following discharge from psychiatric hospitalization is a period of high-risk for suicide. Sleep problems have also been associated with the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.Dr. Catherine Glenn, of the University of Rochester, and her colleagues set out to examine if new methods of monitoring short-term suicide risk and warning signs are feasible and acceptable (i.e., appropriate and able to be carried out) for adolescents at increased risk for suicide attempts. They paired ecological momentary assessment (EMA), which asks the individual to complete surveys to measure their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors several times each day, with actigraphy watches (similar to smartwatches) to monitor sleep cycles. The findings of this study could open up major avenues for research, assessment and interventions for people at risk for suicide.
Catherine Glenn, Ph.D.

2017 Young Investigator Grant 

Grant Title: Sleep Disturbance and Short-Term Suicide Risk in Youth after Psychiatric Hospitalization

At the time this grant was awarded, Catherine Glenn, Ph.D. was an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester. Dr. Glenn is now an Assistant Professor at Old Dominion University.
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