Cheryl King, PhD—Youth Suicide Risk and Prevention

Member Highlight—May 2014

  • Cheryl King, PhD (
    • Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
    • Professor of Pscyhology, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan
    • Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute

Dr. Cheryl King is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology and Chief Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is well-known for her expertise in suicide risk assessment and prevention in youth and young adults. Dr. King uses clinical interventions and public health approaches to optimize youth screening strategies, risk assessments, and psychosocial interventions for both individuals and high-risk groups.

Currently, Dr. Cheryl King is the Principal Investigator for a CDC-funded randomized controlled prevention study, Links to Enhancing Teens’ Connectedness [Let's Connect], taking place in Flint, MI.  Let's Connect aims to thoroughly evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based intervention for youth at risk due to bullying perpetration or low connectedness. Let’s Connect is designed to pair youth at elevated risk for suicidal behavior and with a history of being bulled and/or bullying others, with an adolescent-nominated “natural” mentor and community mentor. These mentors will work with the youth to support them and encourage active engagement within the community and local activities. This study aims to determine if those adolescents paired with a mentor compared to those in the control group, receiving community resource information only, will demonstrate improved individual or community social connectedness and/or report engaging in fewer suicidal behaviors.

Additionally Dr. King conducts collaborative research with psychiatric emergency services to develop optimal suicide risk assessments in high-risk populations.

To access more information on Dr. King’s research and publications, click here to view her Michigan Experts profile. 

Publication Date: 
Friday, May 9, 2014
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