Triple i 2016 – David Kerr

Lecturer at the conference

Triple i – intuition, imagination and innovation, is an international annual conference organised by the UP IAM Slovene Centre for Suicide Research. Distinguished experts in the field of suicidology are invited to the conference to speak about research, interventions and postvention after suicide. Relaxed environment and concurrent topics create a platform for the participants to connect, which is a starting point for progress in the field.

One of the speakers at the Triple i 2016 is Dr. David Kerr.

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Dr. David Kerr comes from Oregon, USA, where he works at the School of Psychological Science, Oregon State University. His field of work includes research on the development of depression, conduct problems and health-risking behaviours, and prevention of suicidal behaviour in adolescents. At the moment he is focusing specifically on longitudinal studies of community samples of youth. The broadness of the field of suicide prevention is his inspiration, knowing that suicide leaves a scar within and across generations – thus, by preventing one suicide we can save many lives. In his view, suicidal behaviors are not just “risk factors” but psychologically painful experiences, and public health problems in their own right – therefore, sparing a person from having these experiences does not only help avert death, it enhances life. The central theme of his presentation will be on how analysis of long-term studies can help us understand the risk for suicidal behaviour and prevention of it.

Dr. Kerr’s message to professionals, students, young researchers:

There is so much to do and so many unexplored avenues. We need your ideas and your enthusiasm. Let’s get started.

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