Molly Adrian, PhD

Personal Statement

My program of research is broadly aimed at understanding processes involved in the etiology and treatment of self-injury, including nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide attempts, in adolescents. I utilize longitudinal cohort based datasets (Developmental Pathways Research Program; VanderStoep & McCauley), cross-sectional epidemiological data (Washington State Healthy Youth Survey), and adolescents recruited from inpatient psychiatry unit (PIs: Adrian & Sim) to examine genetic, environmental, and individual contributions to prediction of the spectrum of self-injurious behavior during adolescence.

In addition to employing a developmental psychopathology approach to the study of self-injury, I also work towards identifying core components of effective treatments for youth at risk for self-injury. In the context of NIMH-funded clinical trial to understand efficacy of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), I have provided leadership for the recruitment and assessment arms of a clinical trial for youth who repetitively self-injure and involved in the treatment team for DBT arm of intervention (Collaborative Adolescent Research on Emotions and Suicide; PIs Linehan, McCauley, Berk, Asarnow). I am also interested in improving suicide assessment by incorporating adolescents social media information in predictive machine learning algorithms and applying these methods in clinic and school settings.


Clinical Psychology, University of Maine, Orono
Fellowship: Child Psychiatry, University of Washington, Seattle

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Mood and Anxiety Program – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Crisis Care Clinic – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Scholarly Expertise

    • The development of emotion regulation, self-injurious behaviors

    Clinical Expertise

    • Treatment of emotional and behavioral dysregulation in adolescents

    Recent Publications

    Remission, Recovery, Relapse, and Recurrence Rates for Suicide Attempts and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury for Suicidal Youth Treated With Dialectical Behavior Therapy or Supportive Therapy.
    (2024 Feb 5)
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
    Berk MS, Gallop R, Asarnow JR, Adrian MC, Hughes JL, McCauley E

    Advancing Suicide Intervention Strategies for Teens (ASSIST): study protocol for a multisite randomised controlled trial.
    (2023 Dec 12)
    BMJ Open 13(12): e074116
    Adrian M, McCauley E, Gallop R, Stevens J, Jobes DA, Crumlish J, Stanley B, Brown GK, Green KL, Hughes JL, Bridge JA

    A unique model of care for youth in crisis: A pilot open trial.
    (2023 Jul 10)
    Psychol Serv
    Adrian M, Twohy E, Babeva K, Jenness J, Gurtovenko K, Blossom JB, King S, McCartney L, McCauley E

    Suicide in young people: screening, risk assessment, and intervention.
    (2023 Apr 24)
    BMJ 381(): e070630
    Hughes JL, Horowitz LM, Ackerman JP, Adrian MC, Campo JV, Bridge JA

    The Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) pediatric and parent-proxy short forms for anxiety: Psychometric properties in the Kids FACE FEARS sample.
    (2023 Mar)
    J Anxiety Disord 94(): 102677
    Freitag GF, Salem H, Conroy K, Busto C, Adrian M, Borba CPC, Brandt A, Chu PV, Dantowitz A, Farley AM, Fortuna L, Furr JM, Lejeune J, Miller L, Platt R, Porche M, Read KL, Rivero-Conil S, Hernandez RDS, Shumway P, Sikov J, Spencer A, Syeda H, McLellan LF, Rapee RM, McMakin D, Pincus DB, Comer JS

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