Becky Mars

Institution:  Suicide and Self-harm (SASH) Research Group, University of Bristol, England.

Position: Research Fellow.

Current research:

Transitions from suicidal thoughts/non-suicidal self-harm to suicide attempts (American Foundation for Suicide prevention fellowship). I am also PI on an MRC/MRF grant which is exploring biological mechanisms linking early life adversity and later self-harm behaviours.

I currently supervise two PhD students; one is investigating the relationship between puberty and self-harm, and the other is exploring the role of social media in mental health and wellbeing.

Research interests:

  • The distinction between self-harm with and without suicidal intent.
  • The course of self-harm from adolescence into adulthood.
  • The role of the internet in self-harm and suicidal behaviours
  • Longitudinal data analysis; data linkage.


  • Mars B, Heron J, Klonsky E.D, Moran P, O’Conner R.C, Tilling K, Wilkinson P, Gunnell, D. What distinguishes adolescents with suicidal thoughts from those who have attempted suicide? A population‐based birth cohort study. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 2018 Epub ahead of print:
  • Mars B, Heron J, Biddle L, Donovan J.L, Holley R, Potokar J, Wyllie C, Gunnell D. (2015). Exposure to, and searching for, information about suicide and self-harm on the internet: prevalence and predictors in a population based cohort of young adults. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2015. 185, 239-245.
  • Mars, B., Heron, J., Crane, C., Hawton, K., Lewis, G., Macleod, J., Tilling, K., & Gunnell, D. (2014). Clinical and social outcomes of adolescent self-harm: Population based birth cohort study. BMJ. 2014 Oct 21; 349:g5954.
  • Mars, B., Heron, J., Crane, C., Hawton, K., Kidger, J., Lewis, G., Macleod, J., Tilling, K., & Gunnell, D. (2014). Differences in risk factors for self-harm with and without suicidal intent: Findings from the ALSPAC cohort. Journal of Affective Disorders, 168:407-14.

Can help with: I used to organise the introduction to Stata short course at Bristol and am happy to answer questions about using this package. I can also help with methods for missing data, such as multiple imputation using chained equations. I have written a few fellowship and grant applications (some successful and some not) and can talk about my experiences and the different funding streams etc. I am also happy to chat about life post-PhD.

What’s essential to your well-being? Finding a work life balance, which is not always easy to do in academia. I love watching movies, going for walks, drinking red wine, and spending time with family, friends, and my cat Coco.

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