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.

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Clinical Expertise

Recent Publications

Implementation Determinants and Outcomes of a Technology-Enabled Service Targeting Suicide Risk in High Schools: Mixed Methods Study.
(2020 Jul 20)
JMIR Ment Health 7(7): e16338
Adrian M, Coifman J, Pullmann MD, Blossom JB, Chandler C, Coppersmith G, Thompson P, Lyon AR

Sleep in youth with repeated self-harm and high suicidality: Does sleep predict self-harm risk?
(2020 Jul 24)
Suicide Life Threat Behav
Asarnow JR, Bai S, Babeva KN, Adrian M, Berk MS, Asarnow LD, Senturk D, Linehan MM, McCauley E

Medically Treated Self-Injury Among Children and Adolescents: Repeated Attempts and Service Use Over 1 Year.
(2020 May 1)
Psychiatr Serv 71(5): 447-455
Adrian M, DeCou C, Gold LS

Predictors and moderators of recurring self-harm in adolescents participating in a comparative treatment trial of psychological interventions.
(2019 Oct)
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 60(10): 1123-1132
Adrian M, McCauley E, Berk MS, Asarnow JR, Korslund K, Avina C, Gallop R, Linehan MM

Mechanisms of Change in the Prevention of Depression: An Indicated School-Based Prevention Trial at the Transition to High School.
(2020 Apr)
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 59(4): 541-551
Blossom JB, Adrian MC, Stoep AV, McCauley E

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