Welcome to the Affect, Suicide, Self-Injury, and Social Triggers (ASSIST) Lab website!

Broadly, our research aims to better understand the cognitive-affective and social factors that influence the development and maintenance of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. We consider questions such as: What makes someone more or less likely to think about harming themselves? Are there specific experiences that enable someone to move from thinking about self-injury to actually engaging these behaviors? Can we identify experiences in one’s daily life, such as interpersonal conflict or engaging in other risky behaviors, that increase someone’s likelihood of self-injury? What about how they respond on tasks in the laboratory? Our goal in the ASSIST Lab is to advance our understanding of the multiple pathways that can lead to self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, and, consequently, identify factors important for prevention.