John F. Gunn III

Institution: Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA.

Supervisory team: Professor Sara E. Goldstein.

Position: Postdoctoral Associate.

Current research: Current work focuses on the role of social factors, such as social rejection, connectedness, exclusion, in the development of suicidal thoughts and behaviours across the lifespan. I am also working on collecting data on the Social Pain Model (SPM), a theoretical model for suicide I proposed in 2017 which draws from evolutionary psychology and social neuroscience.

Research interests:

  • Theoretical Models for Suicidal Behaviour.
  • Role of social connectedness, social rejection, and interpersonal experiences in the development of suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
  • Exploring the impact of media coverage on suicide risk.
  • Evolutionary explanations for psychopathology and suicidal thoughts and behaviours.

Key publications:

Can help with: I’m generally always available to talk through research projects and provide feedback, should it be desired. Additionally, having had a child the Fall of my first year in my Ph.D. program and working full-time while completing the degree, I am more than happy to discuss the difficulties of balancing life, work, and school with those who need to vent!

What’s essential to your well-being? My family – I have a soon-to-be three-year-old son (Frank) and a supportive and equally exhausted wife (Allison; who is trained and works as a mental health counsellor). A steaming hot pot of tea (Scottish Breakfast at morning, Earl Grey at night)! John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight. Ice Cream!!

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