Cha, Christine B. (cbc2120)

Christine Boram Cha

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Office Location:

422M Thmps

Scholarly Interests

I apply principles from cognitive and social psychology to answer questions about suicide and self-injury among youth. How can we more objectively assess suicide risk? Do certain patterns of thought place individuals at greater risk of self-harm? How do cognitive and other types of risk factors vary between adolescents and adults? To answer these questions, I conduct research through laboratory experiments, hospital-based data collection, and meta-analyses. 

Educational Background

Harvard University, Ph.D.

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship (Child Track)

Harvard University, M.A.

Wellesley College, B.A.

Selected Publications

*Wilson, K.M.,*Millner, A.J., Auerbach, R.P., Glenn, C.R., Kearns, J.C., Kirtley, O.J., Najmi, S., O’Connor, R.C., Stewart, J.G., Cha, C.B. (in press). Investigating the psychometric properties of the Suicide Stroop task. Psychological Assessment. *Equal Contribution

Guzmán, E.M., Tezanos, K.M., Chang, B.P., & Cha, C.B. (in press). Examining the impact of emergency care settings on suicidal patients: A call to action. General Hospital Psychiatry.

Cha, C.B., Wilson, K.M., Tezanos, K.M., DiVasto, K.A., & Tolchin, G.K. (2019). Cognition and self-injurious thoughts and behaviors: A systematic review of longitudinal studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 69, 97-111.

Cha, C.B., O'Connor, R.C., Kirtley, O., Cleare, S., Wetherall, K., Eschle, S., Tezanos, K.M., & Nock, M.K. (2018). Testing mood-activated psychological markers for suicidal ideation. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 127, 448-457.

Cha, C.B., Franz, P.J., Guzmán, E.M., Glenn, C.R., Kleiman, E.M., & Nock, M.K. (2018). Suicide among youth: Epidemiology, (potential) etiology, and treatment. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59, 460-482.

Cha, C.B., Tezanos, K.M., Peros, O.M., Ng, M.Y., Ribeiro, J.D., Nock, M.K., & Franklin, J.C. (2018). Accounting for diversity in suicide research: Sampling and sample reporting practices in the United States. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 48, 131-139.

Wolff, J.C., Davis, S., Liu, R.T., Cha, C.B., Cheek, S.M., Nestor, B., Frazier, E., Shaffer, M.M., & Spirito, A. (2018). Trajectories of suicidal ideation among adolescents following psychiatric hospitalization. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 355-363.  

Just, M.A., Pan, L., Cherkassky, V.L., McMakin, D., Cha, C.B., Nock, M.K., & Brent, D.A. (2017). Machine-learning identification of patients with suicidal ideation: Alterations in the neural representations of death- and life-related concepts. Nature Human Behavior, 1, 911-919.

Cha, C.B., Augenstein, T.M., Frost, K.H., Gallagher, K., D'Angelo, E.J., & Nock, M.K. (2016). Using implicit and explicit measures to predict nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescent inpatients. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 62-68.

Cha, C.B., Glenn, J.J., Deming, C.A., D'Angelo, E.J., Hooley, J.M., Teachman, B.A., & Nock, M.K. (2016). Examining potential iatrogenic effects of viewing suicide and self-injury stimuli. Psychological Assessment, 28, 1510-1515.

Cha, C.B., & Nock, M.K. (2014). Suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injurious behaviors. In E.J. Mash & R.A. Barkley (Eds.), Child psychopathology (pp. 317-342). New York: The Guilford Press.

Dour, H.J., Cha, C.B., & Nock, M.K. (2011). Suicide attempts among adolescents: An interaction between emotional and cognitive factors. Behavior Research and Therapy, 49, 294-298.

Cha, C.B., Najmi, S., Park, J.M., Finn, C.T., & Nock, M.K. (2010). Attentional bias toward suicide-related stimuli predicts suicidal behavior. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 119, 616-622.

Nock, M.K., & Cha, C.B. (2009). Psychological models of nonsuicidal self-injury. In M.K. Nock (Ed.), Understanding nonsuicidal self-injury: Origins, assessment, and treatment (pp. 65-78). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Cha, C.B., & Nock, M.K. (2009). Emotional intelligence is a protective factor for suicidal behaviors. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48, 422-430.

Nock, M.K., Borges, G., Bromet, E.J., Cha, C.B., Kessler, R.C., & Lee, S. (2008). Suicide and suicidal behaviors. Epidemiologic Reviews, 30, 133-154.

Hilt, L.M., Cha, C.B., & Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2008). Nonsuicidal self-injury in young adolescent girls: Moderators of the distress-function relationship. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 76, 63-71.

Back to skip to quick links