Are you an 18-24 year old who has recently accessed emergency or crisis services for behavioral health related issues? If so, you may be able to take part in a research study to help better understand how to assess mood, behaviors, and suicide risk in young adults. This study involves four online or phone sessions over about one year. Compensation is provided.
Young adults experiencing a behavioral health issue may use crisis or emergency services such as mental health services, hotlines, emergency room visits or other hospital services, or emergency responder services. Some young people experiencing a behavioral health issue may be at an increased risk for suicide, but assessing suicide risk can be difficult. The purpose of the Emergent Assessment of Suicidal Youth (EASY) research study is to better understand how to assess mood, behaviors, and suicidal risk in young adults who access emergency or crisis services for behavioral health issues.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
- Ages 18-24
- Recently accessed a crisis or emergency service for a behavioral health issue (services may include mental health services, text or call hotlines, emergency room or other hospital services, emergency responder services, or others)
- Able to complete questionnaires over the phone or online
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
Participation involves 4 sessions over the course of one year that will take place online or by phone. Each session will take about one hour. No computer experience is required. Participants will be asked to answer questionnaires about health, mood, and behaviors during their lifetime online or over the phone.
IRB: STUDY19020319B- Harnessing Computerized Adaptive Testing, Transdiagnostic Theories of Suicidal Behavior, and Machine Learning to Advance the Emergent Assessment of Suicidal Youth (EASY Study).
MEET THE RESEARCHER
Dr. Brent is currently Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and holds an endowed chair in Suicide Studies. He co-founded and now directs Services for Teens at Risk (STAR), a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and the treatment of at-risk youth and their families. His work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. Dr. Brent and colleagues have endeavored to understand possible intermediate phenotypes for suicidal behavior and mechanisms by which suicidal behavior is transmitted from parent to child.
MEET THE COORDINATOR
Brittany Buttry-Watson currently works as the Research Coordinator for the EASY Research Study. Brittany has broad research and coordination experience, both as an evaluator and a clinical interviewer, along with serving as the Assistant Director of a nonprofit organization. She completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Work at Greenville College. Brittany then completed a Master’s degree in Applied Sociology at University of Louisville.