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Sheftall Lab

At the Sheftall Lab, we seek to understand what factors are related to suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth. We investigate the links between developmental risk factors, such as neurocognitive functioning, familial relationships, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors (STBs) in youth. We hope our research will inform youth suicide risk assessment and prevention. 


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Effects of Parental History of Suicidal Behavior on Middle/Late Childhood: Longitudinal Assessment of Early Markers of Suicide Risk

A longitudinal study to examine parental history of suicide attempt and the association with early onset of suicidal behaviors.

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Leveraging Noninvasive Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Smartphone Technology to Reduce Suicidal Behaviors and Suicide Among Highly Vulnerable Adolescents

A dual-site randomized control trial to examine novel interventions for major risk factors of suicide thoughts and behavior in adolescents.

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Research Team

Arielle Sheftall

Arielle Sheftall, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry

Ellen-ge Denton, Ph.D.

Ellen-ge Denton, PsyD, MS
Clinical Advisor

Rachel Missell-Gray

Rachel Missell-Gray, MS
Sheftall Lab Coordinator, Psychiatry

Dakota Daniels

Dakota Daniels
Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Jenson Rowan

Jenson Rowan
Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Allan Shikh

Allan Shikh
Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Wiljar Ojuro

Wiljar Ojuro, MEd
Human Subjects Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Kaidence Pacheco

Kaidence Pacheco
Research Assistant


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Ayer, L., Hassler, G., Ohana, E., Sheftall, A. H., Anderson, N. W., & Griffin, B. A. (2024). Longitudinal trajectories of suicidal ideation among child welfare-involved 7- to 12-year-old childrenJournal of child psychology and psychiatry, and allied disciplines, 10.1111/jcpp.13999. Advance online publication. 

Wang, C., Keilp, J. G., Galfalvy, H., Bridge, J. A., Sheftall, A. H., & Szanto, K. (2023). Entrapment and social problem-solving in suicidal behavior across the adult lifespanJournal of affective disorders329, 176-183.

Bridge, J. A., Ruch, D. A., Sheftall, A. H., Hahm, H. C., O'Keefe, V. M., Fontanella, C. A., Brock, G., Campo, J. V., & Horowitz, L. M. (2023). Youth Suicide During the First Year of the COVID-19 PandemicPediatrics151(3), e2022058375. 

Sheftall, A. H., Vakil, F., Ruch, D. A., Boyd, R. C., Lindsey, M. A., & Bridge, J. A. (2022). Black Youth Suicide: Investigation of Current Trends and Precipitating Circumstances. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry61(5), 662–675. 

Romanelli, M., Sheftall, A. H., Irsheid, S. B., Lindsey, M. A., & Grogan, T. M. (2022). Factors Associated with Distinct Patterns of Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Plans, and Suicide Attempts Among US AdolescentsPrevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research23(1), 73–84. 

Buerke, M., Galfalvy, H., Keilp, J. G., Sheftall, A. H., Burke, A. K., Bridge, J. A., Mann, J. J., & Szanto, K. (2021). Age effects on clinical and neurocognitive risk factors for suicide attempt in depression - Findings from the AFSP lifespan studyJournal of affective disorders295, 123–130. 


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UR Medicine – Pediatric Behavioral Health & Wellness 
1860 South Avenue, Rochester, NY, 14620 
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