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Jennifer Hughes Recorded Webinar: Youth Suicide Risk Assessment in Research and Clinical Care: Safety and Ethical Considerations

Subcategories: POPULATIONS | Adolescents (13-17)   POPULATIONS | Children (Under 12)   TOPIC | Suicide  


Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15-24 year-olds in the United States. Adolescence, when suicidal ideation and behaviors often begin, offers an important window to understand the causes and prevent the progression of suicide phenomena, given it is a period of emerging and increasing risk and resilience. This presentation will review the recent developments in suicide risk assessment and management strategies in youth suicide prevention. We will review frequently utilized measures of youth suicide risk, discussing implications for use in clinical practice and research settings. Additionally, we will review brief intervention strategies for the immediate management of suicide risk in both clinical and research settings. We will conclude with practical guidance for the development of youth suicide risk and management strategies for various settings.

About the Presenter:

Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist at the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care (CDRC). She is the head of the CDRC Risk and Resilience Network, which aims to build partnerships with local schools and youth community organizations to implement mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs, as well as to work together to better understand resilience and risk in youth. Dr. Hughes is also the Operations Lead for the UT Southwestern Texas Youth Depression and Suicide Research Network, an initiative of the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium. Dr. Hughes is currently on the Executive Board of the American Psychological Association Division 53 Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) and served as a past Chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Child and Adolescent Depression Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Hughes was previously a psychologist at Children's Health System of Texas, where she worked on the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit and with the Suicide Prevention and Resilience at Children's (SPARC) Intensive Outpatient Program. Prior to working at Children's, Dr. Hughes was a Clinical Instructor and Staff Psychologist in the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Associate Director of the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program. Dr. Hughes received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2010 and completed her pre-doctoral internship through UT Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Hughes is the recipient of a Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to adapt and test an intervention designed to prevent future suicide attempts in adolescents. Broadly, Dr. Hughes’ research explores the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for building resilience, the prevention and treatment of youth depression, and addressing suicide in youth. Dr. Hughes recently delivered a TED talk for TEDxKids@SMU. For more information, please visit:

Learning Objectives

This webinar is designed to help participants:

  1. Identify relevant risk, protective, and resilience factors related to youth suicide.
  2. Create suicide risk assessment and management strategies, including safety planning, for clinical and research settings.
  3. Describe the application of suicide risk assessment and management strategies in clinical settings with youth.
  4. Describe the application of suicide risk assessment and management strategies in research settings with youth.


Recommended Readings

King, C. A. (2016, July). Asking or not asking about suicidal thoughts. Monitor on Psychology47(7).

Linehan, M.M., Comtois, K.A. Ward-Ciesielski, E.F. (2012). Assessment and managing risk with suicidal individuals. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 218-232.

Nierenberg, A. A., Trivedi, M. H., Ritz, L., Burroughs, D., Greist, J., Sackeim, H., Kornstein, S., Schwartz, T., Stegman, D., Fava, M., & Wisniewski, S. R. (2004). Suicide risk management for the sequenced treatment alternatives to relieve depression study: applied NIMH guidelines. Journal of psychiatric research38(6), 583–589.

Stevens, K., Thambinathan, V., Hollenberg, E., Inglis, F., Johnson, A., Levinson, A., Salman, S., Cardinale, L., Lo, B., Shi, J., Wiljer, D., Korczak, D. J., & Cleverley, K. (2021). Core components and strategies for suicide and risk management protocols in mental health research: a scoping review. BMC psychiatry21(1), 13.


About the Moderator: Michelle Rozenman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver. She directs the BRAVE Lab, a research group that seeks to identify and address mechanisms underlying anxiety and related problems in kids and teens. Her research and clinical foci include both behavioral and cognitive bias interventions.

Member Price: $25.00
Non-Member Price: $35.00

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