Town Hall Committee Room 2, Middlesex University, the Burroughs, London, NW4 4BT
Self-harm is a significant clinical issue in adolescence and is strongly linked to death by suicide. There is little research on the dynamic interplay of key factors in the months, weeks, days and hours leading to self-harm which is a significant gap in current knowledge.
In this talk, Professor Townsend from the University of Nottingham will present data from studies in which she has taken a sequential approach in order to determine the key transitions in factors leading to self-harm.
Everyone welcome - no need to book in advance
Professor Townsend is a Professor at the University of Nottingham and PI leading the Self-Harm Research Group (SHRG).
The group researches psychological factors associated with self-harm and suicidality, and interventions that promote recovery, especially in young people using a range of techniques.
Professor Townsend led a national Clinical Research Group on self-harm funded by the Mental Health Research Network (NIHR) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Mental Health.
She is a collaborator on the Multicentre Study of Self-Harm in England and is co-leading the development of INTERACT - a research initiative for participatory research and public engagement working with colleagues from across the university.
She is PI on a Wellcome Trust People Award supporting the development of the Café Connect model of public engagement. Professor Townsend is PI on a project investigating self-harm in looked-after young people funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.
She is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Suicide Research and a member of the BPS Expert Panel on the Psychology of Suicidal Behaviour.
The Professor has recently been awarded a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellowship at the University of Melbourne, Australia which will take place in April 2017.