Hilary Norman

Institution: Psychology Department, Middlesex University, England. Supervisory team: Dr Lisa Marzano, Dr Andrea Oskis, Dr Mark Coulson. Position: PhD Student Current research: I am looking into the relationship between self-harm and alexithymia (difficulties in identifying and describing feelings) in young adults. Research interests: Self-harm and emotional experience. The relationship between emotional awareness and interoceptive awareness (i.e.… Continue reading Hilary Norman


Interview: Career advice from David Gunnell

David Gunnell is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, and leads the Bristol Suicide and Self-harm Research Group, hosted within the Centre for Academic Mental Health at the university. What are your main research interests? That's a big question isn't it? I'm a public health physician, so my focus is on prevention at a population level. My research comes from a… Continue reading Interview: Career advice from David Gunnell


Elystan Roberts

Institution: University of Bristol, England. Supervisory team: Dr Becky Mars, Dr Abigail Fraser, Dr Carol Joinson, Prof David Gunnell. Position: PhD Student. Current research: The association between puberty and self-harm in adolescence and adulthood. Research interests: Developmental psychology; pubertal development; adolescent psychopathology; cohort studies. Can help with: Academic visits to Bristol – I organise Bristol’s… Continue reading Elystan Roberts


Austin J. Gallyer

Institution: Florida State University, USA. Supervisory team: Greg Hajcak, Ph.D. & Thomas Joiner, Ph.D. Position: PhD Student. Current research: My work has focused on using event-related potentials (ERPs) to study how aberrations in various neural processes contribute to the development of suicidal behavior. I am also interested in investigating the functional neural correlates of suicidal behavior,… Continue reading Austin J. Gallyer


Karen Wetherall

Institution: Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory, University of Glasgow, Scotland. Supervisory team: Professor Rory O’Connor, Dr Katie Robb. Position: Research Assistant and PhD student. Current research: My PhD research is examining social comparisons and social rank in relation to suicidal ideation (including upon social media), in particular to feelings of defeat and entrapment. My Research Assistant role… Continue reading Karen Wetherall


Hazel Marzetti

Institution: University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Position: Research Associate. Current research: I am currently working on a qualitative project that seeks to understand the politics of suicide. Research interests: Mental health in LGBTQ+ communities, and in particular young LGBTQ+ people’s suicide and self-harm Critical approaches to suicide research Community-based suicide intervention and prevention work Queer, feminist,… Continue reading Hazel Marzetti

Journal Club Notes

Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics

On Monday, 4th February at 12pm (GMT) we had our first monthly online journal club session of 2019 and we discussed the paper “Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics” by Ryn Linthicum and colleagues. Here are some notes from thoughts shared in our discussion, kindly summarised by Ian Hussey. Overview of paper Machine… Continue reading Machine learning in suicide science: Applications and ethics


Charlotte Huggett

Institution: Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, UK; Division of Psychology and Mental Health, University of Manchester, England. Supervisory team: Dr Trish Gooding, Dr Dan Pratt and Dr Sarah Peters. Position: Trainee Clinical Psychologist. Current research: I am interested in understanding the client-therapist alliance, particularly in a psychological intervention looking at reducing suicidal thoughts, plans and… Continue reading Charlotte Huggett


(Blindly) following trends: Google Trends data in suicide research

By Lana Bojanić The development of new software and platforms has attracted the attention of researchers in psychology and other behavioural sciences for decades now. From using it for easier data collection, as many do with online questionnaires, to harvesting digital footprint from social media, more and more researchers are embracing these new resources. One… Continue reading (Blindly) following trends: Google Trends data in suicide research