Research Studies

We are currently conducting several studies on different aspects of depression and suicide risk. Read more about our currently active studies below:

1. Brief-SfSL Psychotherapy Study

Recruitment ad for the Brief-SfSL Psychotherapy study
Project Lead: Dr. Sakina Rizvi
The current COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to poorer mental health, and made it more difficult to access services for suicide risk. There is an especially urgent need for support that can be offered remotely and rapidly across communities. To address this need, we are doing a research study on “Brief Skills for Safer Living” (Brief-SfSL), a single-session individual psychotherapy intervention for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts. This therapy will be provided by a psychotherapist via online videoconferencing. We will be testing whether the single session of Brief-SfSL has an effect on suicidal thoughts and mood during over 3 months. Please see the flyer for more information or contact the study coordinator at therapy@asrlife.ca.


2. Suicide Biomarker Study

Project Lead: Dr. Sakina Rizvi

The prevalence of suicide attempt among individuals with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is about 20%. Risk for suicide attempt can be increased by many things such as negative life events, genetics, and changes in the way the body and brain function. It is most likely caused by a combination of several of these factors. Currently, we are conducting a study to identify biological risk factors for suicide attempt. Participation will involve multiple visits completing questionnaires about
your mood, performing attention tests, and receiving brain imaging.

Please see the flyer for more information or contact Hailey at Hailey.Wright@unityhealth.to.

3. Effect of suicidality on social cognition

Project Lead: Dr. Katharine Dunlop

The prevalence of suicide attempt in Major Depressive Disorder is about 20%. Risk for suicide attempt can be increased by many things such as negative life events, genetics, and changes in the way the body and brain function, and unfortunately we do not have reliable markers that predict an increased suicide risk. In this study, we will be collecting detailed information about participants’ psychiatric history and depression symptoms, as well as brain scans, over a single research visit. Our goal is to use this information to help us determine what best predicts suicide attempt history.

Please see the flyer for more information or contact Dr. Dunlop at Katharine.Dunlop@unityhealth.to.