Duke Center for the Study of Suicide Prevention and Intervention (CSSPI)

The Duke Center for the Study of Suicide Prevention and Intervention (CSSPI) represents a collaborative effort among several clinical research scientists at the Duke Child and Family Study Center to advance our understanding of the risk for suicidal behaviors, and to reduce suicide attempts and suicide deaths.  The CSSPI has three key missions related to (1) scientifically sound and innovative research; (2) the study of evidence-based prevention and intervention; and (3) education. The CSSPI partners with local, state, and national community organizations and foundations, as well as academic institutions. Specifically, the faculty members affiliated with the CSSPI maintain active collaborations with several groups, including:

Duke Integrated Pediatric Mental Health initiative (IPMH)
UNC-Duke Family Diversity Research and Service Initiative (FDRSI)
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), including the North Carolina chapter of AFSP


The faculty members of the CSSPI have conducted research focused on understanding the emergence and maintenance of adolescent suicidal and self-harming behaviors, and on the prevention and treatment of suicidal behaviors. Studies have examined the course and risk for suicidal behavior from adolescence through young adulthood, the emotional and behavioral outcomes of high-risk youths, and the impact of adolescent suicidal behavior on parents’ well-being and involvement in youths’ treatment. Studies also have focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of new interventions for suicidal young people with depression and alcohol-/substance abuse disorders or trauma exposure, and individuals in the military.

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The Duke Center for the Study of Suicide Prevention and Intervention is tremendously grateful for the funders and partners who make our work possible. If you would like to speak to someone directly about supporting our Center, please email David Goldston, Ph.D., at david.goldston@duke.edu, or call (919) 668-0074.

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