Eating Disorders & Suicidal Behavior with Dr. April Smith

This episode is an interview with Dr. April Smith, an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology. First, Dr. Smith shared how she became interested in her current research areas. Next, we talked about potential explanations for elevated suicidal behavior rates among people with eating disorders. Dr. Smith shared how her lab has investigated underlying factors through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide. In addition, Dr. Smith is conducting intriguing research on interoception (a person’s ability to sense what’s going on in their body) and its connections to these mental health issues. Dr. Smith’s innovative, scientific approach was fascinating to hear about, and we hope you enjoy learning about it!

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For more information:

Check out Dr. Smith’s faculty webpage and lab website. You can also follow her lab on Facebook and Twitter.

Recent articles from Dr. Smith and collaborators include: a meta-analysis on disordered eating and suicidal behavior, an examination of shared risk factors, and a review of research on eating disorders and suicidality.

You can read about her grant on interoceptive deficits and suicidality here.

Here is the Fox et al. (2019) paper that compares self-harm intentions underlying eating disorder and nonsuicidal self-injury behaviors, and here is the paper testing the four-function model of self-harm with binge eating and purging.

You can learn more about eating disorders here and suicide prevention here.