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PhD Student’s Research Focuses on ‘Sensitive and Scary’ Topic of Suicide

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States, and deaths by suicide are increasing every year despite prevention efforts. “It’s also a very sensitive and scary topic, which makes it difficult to study and to approach clinically,” said Caitlin Clevenger, a PhD candidate in clinical psychology who researches the relationship between suicide, intimate partner violence, and substance use. She’s zeroed in on a variety of populations, including abused women in shelters, college students, gender and sexual minorities, and men and women arrested for domestic violence and referred to batterer intervention programs. Read more about Caitlin and her work at Tennessee Today.