Using Artificial Intelligence in Suicide Risk Assessment

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Suicide is a growing public health concern, not just nationally, but globally. The current process of evaluating suicide risk is highly subjective, which can limit the efficacy and accuracy of prediction efforts. Because of that,  suicide detection strategies are shifting toward artificial intelligence platforms.  These platforms can identify patterns within ‘big data’ to generate risk algorithms that can determine the effects of risk (and protective) factors on suicide outcomes, predict suicide outbreaks and identify at-risk individuals or populations.

In this interview, Dr. Sharp speaks with Dr. April Foreman and Dr. Tony Wood about the role of artificial intelligence in optimizing suicide risk prediction and behavior management. The two of them have an infectious energy and a clear passion for this incredibly important topic, and both of these qualities are on full display during this episode. Here are just a few of the things that are discussed:

  • Artificial intelligence in this context of suicide research
  • The true impact of risk factors in suicide assessment
  • Ethics of AI research
  • Things that can be done in clinical practice to help manage patients who may be at risk for suicide

This interview was published in 11/2020

Content Category: Assessment/Testing/Suicide

Target audience: Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists,  addiction counselors, nurses

This CE program is designated as beginner

Conflict of interest or commercial support disclaimer:  Dr. Tony Wood is the COO of Qntfy and the founder of #SPSM.  

Syllabus

  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Audio Interview with April Foreman, PhD and Tony Wood
  • Transcript of Interview with April Foreman, PhD and Tony Wood
  • References and Citations
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Author Bio

ABOUT DR. APRIL FOREMAN

April C. Foreman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as the Deputy Director of the Veterans Crisis Line’s Innovations Hub. She is an Executive Committee member for the Board of the American Association of Suicidology, and has served VA as the 2017 Acting Director of Technology and Innovation for the Office of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the team that launched OurDataHelps.org, a recognized innovation in data donation for ground breaking suicide research.

She is passionate about helping people with severe (sometimes lethal) emotional pain, and in particular advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media, and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for her work as a founder and moderator of the first sponsored regular mental health chat on Twitter, the weekly Suicide Prevention Social Media chat (#SPSM, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Her dream is to use her unique skills and vision to build a mental health system effectively and elegantly designed to serve the people who need it.

ABOUT DR. TONY WOOD

Anthony D. Wood, COO Qntfy, is Founder of #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media spsmchat.com) the largest and most engaged social media community dedicated to connecting Suicidologists, Crisis Preventionists, Researchers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, MDs, People with Lived Experience of suicide, Data Scientists, Law Enforcement Officers, Teachers, and Students with the best and latest research related to Suicide and Crisis Prevention worldwide. His work with the social media aspects of Suicide Prevention as a founder of the Social Media Team at the American Association of Suicidology’s Annual Conference earned him the 2015 Roger J Tierney award for Innovation from AAS. His research on the intersection of social media and mental health has been published in AAS, ACM CHI, JSM and CLpsych. As a result of this work, he has become a sought after resource for mental health professionals, private companies and organizations interested in the intersection of new media, mobile data and Mental Health.

ABOUT DR. JEREMY SHARP

Dr. Jeremy Sharp is a licensed psychologist and Clinical Director at the Colorado Center for Assessment & Counseling, a private practice that was founded in 2009 and has grown to include nine licensed clinicians, three clinicians in training, and a full administrative staff. Dr. Sharp earned his undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina before getting his Master’s and PhD in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. These days, Dr. Sharp specializes in psychological and neuropsychological evaluation with kids and adolescents.

As the host of the Testing Psychologist Podcast, Dr. Sharp provides private practice consulting for psychologists and other mental health professionals who want to start or grow psychological testing services in their practices. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife (also a therapist) and two young kids.

Dr. Jeremy Sharp

 

 

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Learning Objectives

Based on the content of this course, I can:

  • Describe AI in the context of suicide research
  • Explain the true impact of risk factors in suicide assessment
  • Summarize the ethical considerations of AI research
  • Provide examples of things that can be done in clinical practice to help manage patients who may be at risk for suicide

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