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Dr. Blumberg’s research focuses on the genetic, developmental and environmental causes of mood disorders using state-of-the-art brain scanning. Her work has led to identifying brain circuitry differences in those who have made suicide attempts. By understanding the development of these brain circuitry differences, we can develop new methods for earlier detection, more effective interventions and prevention.
Dr. Oquendo is the chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research uses PET scans and MRIs to map brain abnormalities in mood disorders and suicidal behavior. She succeeded in having suicidal behavior added as its own diagnostic category in order to better track high risk patients in medical records. She has authored or co-authored over 350 peer-reviewed articles.
Dr. Christine Denny, Columbia University cadennylab.com
Current treatments for depression often take weeks to work, do not work for everyone, and may not continue to work in many cases. Dr. Denny is researching novel drugs that work rapidly and are highly effective in preventing depression. She is also looking at ways to test individuals to identify who would benefit from such medication.
Dr. Matthew Nock, Harvard University nocklab.fas.harvard.edu
Like Travis, many suicidal people do not self-report. Dr. Nock has adapted an implicit association test to identify individuals predisposed to attempting suicide. He is also developing ways of using devices such as smartphones and fitbits as well as social media data to detect suicide risk.
When teens want to talk about their problems, more often than not, they turn to other teens. Teens helping teens is what makes Teen Lifeline both unique and incredibly successful. Teen Lifeline’s hotline has been a connection of hope for teens in crisis. Teen Lifeline also provides community education and outreach.