Serene Tianyou Qiu

Research Topic

The Progression from Suicidal Thoughts to Suicidal Acts

Research Group

Personality, Emotion, & Behaviour Laboratory (PEBL, www.pebl.org)

Research Description

My research investigates the phenomenology of suicide and the progression from suicidal thoughts to suicidal acts. My project aims to describe the affective, behavioural, and cognitive experiences of different stages of suicidality and their pathways and trajectories. I am particularly interested in how people proceed from thinking about suicide to acting upon their thoughts. Drawing on psychology, philosophy, and neurocognitive science, my research explores various putative mechanisms underlying the transition from suicidal ideation to act, such as death construal, meaning making, and decision making styles. Ultimately, my research aims to improve how we understand and help people at risk for suicide.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

My supervisor, Dr. E. David Klonsky, is one of the main reasons why I decided to attend UBC. In addition, UBC not only has a well-respected psychology graduate program, but also is strong in other art and humanities programs. As such, UBC provides a nurturing and stimulating environment for my research and personal interests.

 

Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

To learn more about the fascinating secrets of human psyche and to grow as a person.