Interpersonal Stress Reactivity as a Proximal Risk Factor for Self-Harm and Aggression in Young Adults


Interpersonal Stress Reactivity as a Proximal Risk Factor for Self-Harm and Aggression in Young Adults

Lori N. Scott, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Our Meet the PI lecture series continues on January 21, 2022 with Lori Scott, PhD as our featured speaker. Dr. Scott is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Scott’s research focuses on interpersonal and affective processes that confer risk for mood-dependent behaviors such as self-harm and aggression. The goal of her work is to develop improved assessment tools, identify novel points of intervention, and develop personalized just-in-time interventions to improve mental health outcomes. She uses multiple methods in her research to measure interpersonal and affective processes, including experience sampling, laboratory paradigms, psychophysiology, salivary biomarkers, and timeline follow-back interviews. Dr. Scott has particularly extensive training and expertise in the use of ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and in advanced methods for analysis of the resulting intensive longitudinal data. In addition, Dr. Scott’s research has increasingly focused on the use of innovative technology and analytic techniques for predicting suicide risk in real time (e.g., passive mobile sensing, ambulatory physiological assessment using wearable sensors, analysis of voice samples). These methods have the potential to shed light on objective warning signs in the suicidal process and inform the development of novel just-in-time personalized interventions to prevent suicide attempts.

Our lectures will take place via Zoom due to current COVID19 safety guidelines. 

Participate via Zoom. Click on this Zoom Link; Meeting ID:  936 8164 5805; Passcode:  393689

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