Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Psychologist to Talk about Predicting Adolescent Suicide Behavior

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Psychologist to Talk about Predicting Adolescent Suicide Behavior

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A visiting psychologist will give a free public talk today at the University of Alabama about his research into adolescent depression and the impact of social stressors on brain chemistry and DNA.

"If someone experiences a lot of social stress, it can change the checks and balances in a few of our body's biological systems and affect serotonin levels, which is very important for understanding depression," Mitch Prinstein said. "Having biological connections to suicide broadly suggests that mental health as something that doesn't merely occur in our heads. The way our daily social experiences play a role in the body's biology is very real."

Prinstein, the John Van Seters distinguished professor of neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will discuss his research at 2 p.m. in 1093 Shelby Hall. The talk, "Predicting Adolescent Suicidal Behavior," is part of the UA Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems speaker series and is open and free to the public. …

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