Are you the parent of a child ages 12-17 who has experienced negative online social interactions (e.g., mean comments, exclusion, or bullying online) in the past year and suicidal thoughts or behavior in their lifetime? Your child may be able to participate in a study to help develop an intervention to reduce negativity in online spaces and prevent suicide risk. Compensation is provided.
IRB: STUDY21070040- Development and Feasibility Testing of a Suicide Prevention Intervention for Sexual and Gender Minority Youth
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Candice Biernesser, PhD, LCSW, is a postdoctoral scholar and licensed clinical social worker at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Biernesser received her PhD from the Department of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Prior to and during her doctoral study she worked alongside her long-standing mentor, Dr. David Brent, and took a leadership role in his studies about the transmission of suicidal behavior in families and clinical trials focused on adolescent suicide prevention. As part of her work with Dr. Brent, she also co-invented the Brite app, a safety planning and emotion regulation smartphone app that aims to reduce suicidal risk among adolescents. Dr. Biernesser is a co-investigator of the Social Media Assessment of Risk in Teens (SMART) study and is also involved with the Upstander Junior project, which aims to develop an online cyberbullying prevention intervention.