Young Investigator Grant Awarded to Fund Youth Suicide Research


Matthew Wintersteen, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, received the 2007 Young Investigator Award from NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association to investigate of the role of family relationships in suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts.

NARSAD, created as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, is the world's leading charity dedicated to funding research on the causes, treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders. NARSAD'S Young Investigator Award funds early-career scientists with a $60,000 grant for two years to advance specific research projects on mental illnesses. The award helps the most promising scientists who have just entered research and have developed innovative research programs to generate pilot data necessary for larger grants.

Dr. Wintersteen develops intervention models to prevent youth suicide. He works to standardize screening of at-risk youth and improve family therapy as a way to strengthen family bonds and prevent suicidal ideas and attempts.

With the Young Investigator Award, Dr. Wintersteen will conduct the first study that examines the effects of family relationships on adolescent suicide by including perspectives from individual to global factors in a long-term design. Results from the study may unearth new methods to help prevent youth suicide.