Have you recently had suicidal thoughts and engaged in non-suicidal self-injury, such as cutting? Are you aged 18-24? You may be able to participate in a research study to help better understand why some people harm themselves on purpose and to learn more about how physical pain and emotional pain may be related in the brain. Compensation provided.
Suicidal thoughts and behaviors occur in many young people. The purpose of this research study is to better understand why some people harm themselves on purpose and to learn more about how physical pain and emotional pain may be related in the brain. Researchers hope their findings may lead to better interventions for people experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors in the future.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18-24
- Have recently had suicidal thoughts
- Have engaged in non-suicidal self-injury, such as cutting
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
The study involves online interviews, four phone calls, and an MRI scan. At certain times during the MRI scan, participants will experience brief pain in the finger via electrical nerve stimulation.
IRB: STUDY19070448A- Neural markers of NSSI and Suicide Risk: Acute Physical Pain Modulation of Neural Processing of Social Rejection
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. After earning a PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Denver in 2014, Dr. Oppenheimer moved to Pittsburgh to complete a clinical psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC. Dr. Oppenheimer has research and clinical experience working with children and adolescents, and her current research focuses on predicting risk for mood problems in young people.