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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

Rachel Missell-Gray

Rachel Missell-Gray, MS
Sheftall Lab Coordinator, Psychiatry

Dakota Daniels

Dakota Daniels
Human Subject Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Jenson Rowan

Jenson Rowan
Human Subject Research Coordinator, Psychiatry

Allan Shikh

Allan Shikh
Human Subject Research Coordinator, Psychiatry


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Wang C, Keilp JG, Galfalvy H, Bridge JA, Sheftall AH, Szanto K. "Entrapment and social problem-solving in suicidal behavior across the adult lifespan." Journal of affective disorders.. 2023 Feb 24; Epub 2023 Feb 24.

Bridge JA, Ruch DA, Sheftall AH, Hahm HC, O'Keefe VM, Fontanella CA, Brock G, Campo JV, Horowitz LM. "Youth Suicide During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic." Pediatrics.. 2023 Feb 15; Epub 2023 Feb 15.

Sheftall AH, Vakil F, Ruch DA, Boyd RC, Lindsey MA, Bridge JA. "Black Youth Suicide: Investigation of Current Trends and Precipitating Circumstances." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.. 2022 May; 61(5):662-675. Epub 2021 Sep 09.

Romanelli M, Sheftall AH, Irsheid SB, Lindsey MA, Grogan TM. "Factors Associated with Distinct Patterns of Suicidal Thoughts, Suicide Plans, and Suicide Attempts Among US Adolescents." Prevention science : the official journal of the Society for Prevention Research.. 2022 Jan; 23(1):73-84. Epub 2021 Sep 04.

Buerke M, Galfalvy H, Keilp JG, Sheftall AH, Burke AK, Bridge JA, Mann JJ, Szanto K. "Age effects on clinical and neurocognitive risk factors for suicide attempt in depression - Findings from the AFSP lifespan study." Journal of affective disorders.. 2021 Dec 1; 295:123-130. Epub 2021 Aug 13.


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Sheftall Lab

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