My research interests generally comprise non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and e-mental health. With recent research highlighting a proliferation of online activity related to NSSI and concern from both researchers and the public about the effect this might have on those involved, our lab uses blended methodologies to examine the scope and nature of online NSSI activity and e-communication. Central goals of these efforts are to: a) understand the impact of online NSSI activity on NSSI thoughts and behaviour (e.g., potential risks and benefits), b) determine what motivates this e-activity, and c) foster ways to effectively reach and meet the needs of those who self-injure and who prefer communicating about it via the Internet.
In addition to this, our lab maintains an active program of research examining NSSI risk, repetition and desistence. This includes the use of online and lab-based approaches to examine: cognitive and emotional processes involved in NSSI, aspects of NSSI disclosure and help-seeking, social factors involved in NSSI, and NSSI severity.
Self-injury Outreach & Support (SiOS): www.sioutreach.org
Finally, I have a strong interest in enhancing mental health literacy and fostering emotional wellbeing in youth. To this end, I am involved in a number of initiatives to delivery NSSI resources online and to foster youth mental health and literacy more generally via the Internet.