The Suicide Prevention Lab

Welcome to the CUA Suicide Prevention Lab website! The research focus in our lab is broadly centered on suicide prevention. More specifically, we tend to study suicide risk assessment (both quantitatively and qualitatively) and treatment of suicidal risk in different suicidal populations across a range of clinical settings. Perhaps most importantly, our group at CUA has developed a novel therapeutic approach called the "Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality" (CAMS) which is a suicide-focused, evidence-based clinical framework. In recent years, we have been extensively engaged in randomized controlled trials (RCT’s) of CAMS. The evidence base for CAMS is robust with 8 published correlational clinical trials, 3 published RCT’s, 2 RCT under review for publication, and 3 on-going RCT’s around the world. Through replicated outcome across trials we know that CAMS quickly reduces suicidal ideation, depression, and overall symptom distress, while increasing hope and clinical retention to care. There are promising data about the impact of CAMS on self-harm and suicide attempts as well. This website provides information about the range of things that we do and who we are--thanks for visiting the CUA SPL website!