We are advancing understanding of
self-injury among youth and adults.
The Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery was launched in 2003 to understand what was then widely believed to be a new and emerging behavior among youth and adults. Since that time we have conducted multiple studies on a wide variety of topics and have begun the process of translating what we and others have learned into user friendly materials for individuals who injure as well as those who live with, care about, and work with them. The resulting Self-Injury and Recovery Research and Resources (SIRRR) website was developed to house all of the materials we have produced so far. We have been graced with the assistance and support of many people along the way – key staff, affiliated researchers, educators, and clinicians, and many students. In some cases, their contributions remain visible through their names on publications and other materials. In other cases, their signatures remain evident only to those of us who have had the good fortune to work with them on building the infrastructure of our project, on conducting our studies, or on translating these into user friendly materials.
Janis Whitlock, Ph.D., MPHDirector
Janis Whitlock, Ph.D., MPH is the Director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injurious Behaviors. Janis has worked extensively in the area of adolescent and women’s health and possesses formal training in Public Health and Human Development. She is particularly interested in the social, cultural, and contextual factors which influence adolescent development and identity formation. She has published in the areas of adolescent connectedness to school and community and, more recently, in self-injurious behavior in adolescents and young adults.
Laura DedmonLab Coordinator
Laura Dedmon is the lab coordinator for the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery, providing research and coordination support to the program. Laura has a BA in English and experience working in healthcare and the nonprofit sector. She is interested in community health and preventative health programs and hopes to pursue graduate education in public health in the future.
Students & Other Affiliates
Angelica CulloUndergraduate Student, Biology & Society
Angelica Cullo is a Senior in the college of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in Biology & Society. Most of her work in the lab is focused on TTM, but she has also contributed to developing the NSSI 101 online course, and editing and updating online resources. Outside of the lab Angelica is involved with Cornell Minds Matter, the Ithaca Free Clinic, and the Cornell Roosevelt Institute. Angelica hopes to work in mental health policy to improve access to mental health prevention and treatment.
Lauren AronsonUndergraduate Student, Human Development
I am a Senior in the College of Human Ecology studying Human Development. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent mental health and disorders, and hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. On campus, I am involved with my sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, am a member of the Big Red Buddies club, and a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, the CHE Honor Society. My work so far with CRPSIR has been focused on the relationship between child maltreatment and non-suicidal self-injury.
Hannah Light-OlsonUndergraduate Student, Human Development
Hannah Light-Olson is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology, majoring in Human Development with an expected minor in English and completion of pre-medical requirements. She is currently involved in the TTM study and is looking forward to getting involved in upcoming projects. Beyond research, she is involved in Students Against the Sexual Solicitation of Youth, Consent Ed, the Greek Health and Wellness Initiative, and Cayuga’s Watchers. She hopes to continue to pursue a career in medicine after graduation.
Nethan ReddyUndergraduate Student, Biology & Society
Nethan Reddy is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences, majoring in Biology & Society and minoring in Health Policy and Psychology. His work with CRPSIR began in his freshman year and has center on NSSI’s interaction with social media and LGBTQ identities. He is also a member of Cornell Minds Matter, a volunteer at the Southern Tier AIDS Program, and a policy analyst at the Roosevelt institute. He hopes to pursue a government career in health policy upon graduation.
Lindsay RokitoUndergraduate Student, Communication
Lindsay Rokito is a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoring in Communication and minoring in Psychology. Her work at CRPSIR is going to be a collaboration with the Social Media Lab, as she also works with Professor Natalie Bazarova and Professor Dan Cosley. She has experience working with individuals with mental disabilities. Lindsay hopes to go to either pursue a career in Clinical Psychology, PR or HR.
Kaylee KruzanPhD student, Communication
Kaylee Kruzan is a second-year PhD student in the Department of Communication at Cornell. Her current research utilizes a theory of existential psychology to explore emotion regulation and anxiety mitigation in on- and offline contexts. She joins the lab to work on the analysis and development of a measure to assess readiness to change in individuals who self-harm based on the transtheoretical model of behavior change (TTM). Additionally, Kaylee is interested in the prevention and treatment of psychopathology including NSSI and related disorders with high comorbidity.
Carrie Ernhout, MA, LMFT, LMHC
Carrie Ernhout, MA, LMFT, LMHC, is the former Study Coordinator for the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery. Carrie is a licensed mental-health clinician, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Psychology. Carrie continues to collaborate with Dr. Whitlock on a web-based training intervention for self-injury. Carrie is particularly interested in the role of evidence-based therapy in the treatment of child and adolescent mental health disorders; the role of parents and other family members in recovery; risk and resilience across the lifespan; and the integration of Eastern philosophic practices into Western therapeutic interventions.
Elizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson, Ph.D.
Elizabeth E. Lloyd-Richardson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in Health Psychology and adolescent health risk behaviors. She has extensive experience in developing and conducting treatments that promote healthful behaviors in adolescents and young adults, particularly in the areas of weight loss, physical activity, smoking cessation, and non-suicidal self-injury. She has authored over 50 papers and book chapters on these topics. She maintains an active clinical research lab with graduate and undergraduate students, with a particular interest in involving students in meaningful community-based research projects.
John Eckenrode, Ph.D.
John Eckenrode, Ph.D. is a project partner and co-PI on several of the studies currently underway. He is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. He is also Director of the National Data Archive of Child Abuse and Neglect. His research concerns child abuse and neglect, the effects of preventive interventions, and stress and coping processes and he has authored numerous books and articles in this and related areas.
Amanda Purington, MPS
Amanda Purington is the Director of Evaluation and Research for the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence, housed in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research at Cornell University. With undergraduate and graduate degrees from Cornell, Amanda has a passion for using research and evaluation to help communities to promote and support the health and well being of youth. Her work in the Bronfenbrenner Center has focused on promoting positive youth development, investigating non-suicidal self-injury in general populations of adolescents and young adults, and evaluating the effectiveness of a large-scale adolescent sexual health initiative. Amanda works to bridge research and evaluation with practice and policy-making to prevent youth risk-behavior and promote healthy development.
We do provide a range of consulting services for youth-serving professionals, school personnel, and clinical/medical professionals. We are most commonly asked to provide education and guidance related to:
- Self-injury epidemiology, function, etiology and co-morbidity
- Detection, intervention and common treatment modalities (ideal for youth-serving professionals and clinical professionals with little self-injury experience)
- Self-injury recovery
- Strength-based prevention strategies
For more information about our consultation services, please contact the project director, Janis Whitlock, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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