Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among youth and young adults in the United States. However, most individuals at high risk for suicide go unrecognized and untreated, and for half of these suicides, the first suicide attempt is fatal. Suicide prevention strategies include universal, population-based approaches; selective approaches that target high risk subgroups, and indicated approaches with individuals at elevated risk for suicide. Our team is conducting research on strategies across this continuum to develop improved screening, risk assessment, and prevention/intervention strategies.

2017-2019 Publications:

  • Hong V, Ewell Foster CJ, Magness CS, McGuire TC, Smith PK, King CA. 13 Reasons Why: Viewing patterns and perceived impact among youths at risk of suicide. Psychiatric Services. In press.
  • Czyz EK, King CA, Biermann BJ. Motivational interviewing-enhanced safety planning for adolescents at high suicide risk: A pilot randomized controlled trial. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. In press.
  • Czyz EK, Horwitz AG, Arango A, King CA. Short‐term change and prediction of suicidal ideation among adolescents: a daily diary study following psychiatric hospitalization. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. In press. PMID: 30246870
  • Czyz EK, King CA, Nahum-Shani I. Ecological assessment of daily suicidal thoughts and attempts among suicidal teens after psychiatric hospitalization: Lessons about feasibility and acceptability. Psychiatry Research. In press.
  • Arango A, Cole-Lewis Y, Lindsay R, Yeguez CE, Clark M, King CA. The protective role of connectedness on depression and suicidal ideation among bully victimized youth. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. In press. PMID: 29565682
  • Horwitz AG, Czyz EK, Berona J, King CA. Rumination, brooding, and reflection: Prospective associations with suicide ideation and suicide attempts. Suicide Life Threat Behav. In press. PMID: 30099778
  • King CA, Gipson PY, Arango A, et al. LET’s CONNECT community mentorship program for youths with peer social problems: Preliminary findings from a randomized effectiveness trial. J Community Psychol. 2018 Sep;46(7), 885-902.
  • Horwitz AG, Czyz EK, Berona J, King CA. Prospective associations of coping styles with depression and suicide risk among psychiatric emergency patients. Behav Ther. 2018;49(2):225-236. PMID: 29530261
  • DiCorcia DJ, Arango A, Horwitz, AG, King CA. Methods and functions of non-suicidal self-injury among adolescents seeking emergency psychiatric services. J Psychopathol Behav Assess. 2017; 39: 693-704.
  • Foster CE, Horwitz A, Thomas A, et al. Connectedness to family, school, peers, and community in socially vulnerable adolescents. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2017; 81: 321-331. PMID: 30202142
  • Czyz EC, Horwitz AG, Yeguez CE, Ewell Foster C, King CA. Parental self-efficacy to support teens during a suicidal crisis and future adolescent emergency department visits and suicide attempts. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2017; 1-13. PMID: 28715239
  • King CA, Arango A, Ewell Foster C. Emerging trends in adolescent suicide prevention research. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017;22:89-94. PMID: 28961458
  • Ewell Foster C, Burnside A, Smith PK, Kramer A, Wills A, King CA. Identification, response, and referral of suicidal youth following ASIST training. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2017;47(3):297-308. PMID: 27371815
  • King CA, Horwitz A, Czyz E, Lindsay R. Suicide risk screening in healthcare settings: Identifying males and females at risk. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2017;24(1):8-20. PMID: 28251427
  • Horwitz AG, Berona J, Czyz EK, Yeguez CE, King CA. Positive and negative expectations of hopelessness as longitudinal predictors of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicidal behavior in high-risk adolescents. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2017;47(2):168-176. PMID: 27371943
  • Berona J, Horwitz AG, Czyz EK, King CA. Psychopathology profiles of acutely suicidal adolescents: Associations with post-discharge suicide attempts and rehospitalization. J Affect Disord. 2017; 209:97-104. PMID: 27894037