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Thank you for your interest in TRTL!

TRTL is focused on research to better understand non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicide. Lab members are primarily focused on identifying the between-persons factors that increase risk for these problems, as well as within-persons factors that contribute to short-term changes in self-harm risk in daily life.

Some of the questions we are working to answer are:

  • Why do some people engage in NSSI and then stop, while others continue?

  • Why do some people act on suicidal thoughts, while others do not?

  • Why, and for whom, does NSSI seem to confer increased risk of suicide?

  • Who is most likely to benefit from psychological treatment for these problems, and who is at highest risk of poor outcomes?

  • When is an at-risk person most likely to think about NSSI or suicide in their daily life?

  • What thoughts, experiences, and emotions occur in the minutes to hours leading up to an episode of NSSI or suicidal behavior?​​


We hope that answering these questions will allow researchers and clinicians to identify people at greatest risk for these behaviors, develop appropriate prevention strategies for self-harm, and improve psychological treatments for NSSI and suicide.

TRTL is part of the Department of Psychological Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX.

To reach TRTL team members, please email us here.

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