Olivia is a research psychologist in the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) at the University of Glasgow. Broadly, Olivia’s research interests lie in using biological and psychological methods to investigate self-harm and suicidal behaviour. Her work explores some of the factors that may be involved in someone moving from thinking about self-harm to acting on those thoughts, with a special focus on emotional and physical pain sensitivity. Olivia is currently working on a project investigating how childhood adversity may relate to suicidal thoughts and behaviours in adulthood.
Olivia Kirtley and Alys Cole-King appraise a new systematic review of the safeTALK school and community based youth suicide prevention intervention, which finds no evidence of safety or efficacy for this well established programme.
The blog also features a podcast featuring Olivia and Alys, along with Professor Stanley Kutcher, the lead author of this new review.