Research Interests

Our research seeks to elucidate cognitive processes relevant to the onset, maintenance, and treatment of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts in adolescence and emerging adulthood. This program of research seeks to translate social cognition research to the study of important clinical phenomena. Specifically, we are interested in the role of ruminative thinking in the development of hopelessness-related cognitions, along with the specific cognitive content of hopelessness-related thinking that increases vulnerability to suicidal behavior. We are also interested in racial and ethnic differences in vulnerability to suicidal behavior and in the interplay between culture and cognition in explaining risk for suicidal ideation and attempts.