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Posts by Matthew K. Nock, PhD


Matthew Nock, PhD, received his PhD in psychology from Yale University (2003) and completed his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital and the New York University Child Study Center (2003). Dr. Nock’s research is aimed at advancing the understanding why people behave in ways that are harmful to themselves, with an emphasis on suicide and other forms of self-harm. His research is multi-disciplinary in nature and uses a range of methodological approaches to better understand how these behaviors develop, how to predict them and how to prevent their occurrence. This work is funded by grants from NIH and several private foundations and has been published in over 250 scientific papers and book chapters. Dr. Nock’s work has been recognized through the receipt of four early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the American Association of Suicidology. In 2011 he was named a MacArthur Fellow.

In addition to conducting research, Dr. Nock has been a consultant/scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative, the American Psychological Association and the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Childhood and Adolescent Disorder Work Group. In 2017, he was named the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard.