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Prevention & Treatment of Youth Suicide with Richard T. Liu, Ph.D.

  • 19 Nov 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Webinar Zoom

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You are invited to the following event:

SBCPA Morning Salon

Friday, November 19, 2021

8:00am – 9:30am


Prevention and Treatment of Youth Suicide

with Richard T. Liu, Ph.D.


Dr. Richard T. Liu is a clinical psychologist specializing in self-injurious thoughts and behaviors (SITBs) and depression in childhood and emerging adulthood. His research program focuses on characterizing dynamic processes of risk underlying onset and recurrence of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors and depression in youth and young adults. His programmatic interests lie in advancing our understanding of SITBs and depression from who is at risk to how and when they are most at risk, thereby directly informing risk assessment strategies and yielding potential targets for clinical intervention, as well as characterizing risk for SITBs in a high priority, at-risk population, sexual and gender minority youth.

Dr. Liu is currently the Principal Investigator of three NIMH-funded studies involving computational modeling of ecological momentary assessment data and ambulatory measures of psychosocial stress, sleep, and physiological arousal, as well as neurocognitive markers of short-term risk for suicidal behavior in adolescents, serving as Director of Suicide Research in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Director of Big Data Studies in the Depression Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. He holds a faculty position in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and prior served as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Course Outline



7:45- 8:00am--            Greet, sign in, and socialize

8:00- 8:05am--            Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

8:05-9:15am--            Presentation

9:15-9:30am--            Q&A/evaluations


In this presentation, Dr. Liu will first present on the epidemiology and phenomenology of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. He will then discuss risk factors and vulnerable youth populations, focusing specifically on social media use and sexual and gender minority youth. He will end the presentation by discussing suicide risk screening and crisis intervention strategies for youth.

Learning Objectives:

 At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

(1) Describe recent trends in the prevalence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors among teenagers, including trends for sexual minority youth

(2) Explain two available screening instruments for suicide risk in youth

(3) Identify at least one intervention for suicide risk in youth




Liu RT. Temporal trends in the prevalence of nonsuicidal self-injury among sexual minority and heterosexual youth from 2005 through 2017. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019 173:790-791. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.1433 

Liu RT, Sheehan AE, Walsh RFL, Sanzari CM, Cheek SM, Hernandez EM. Prevalence and correlates of non-suicidal self-injury among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. 2019 74:101783. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2019.101783 

Liu RT, Walsh RFL, Sheehan AE, Cheek SM, Carter SM. Suicidal ideation and behavior among sexual minority and heterosexual youth: 1995 – 2017. Pediatrics. 2020 145:e20192221. doi:10.1542/peds.2019-2221 


Relevant Peer-Review Articles:

Horowitz, L. M., Bridge, J. A., Teach, S. J., Ballard, E., Klima, J., Rosenstein, D. L., ... & Pao, M. (2012). Ask Suicide-Screening Questions (ASQ): a brief instrument for the pediatric emergency department. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine166(12), 1170-1176.

Lindsey MA, Sheftall AH, Xiao Y, Joe S. Trends of suicidal behaviors among high school students in the United States: 1991-2017. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20191187. 

Plemmons G, Hall M, Doupnik S, Gay J, Brown C, Browning W, Casey R, Freundlich K, Johnson DP, Lind C, Rehm K, Thomas S, Williams D. Hospitalization for suicide ideation or attempt: 2008–2015. Pediatrics. 2018; 141:e20172426.


Continuing Education:

CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.


Important Notice:

Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please Note: This salon will be held via Zoom.

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