The dynamic interaction between HPA axis response and psychosocial stress in predicting suicidal ideation and behavior in adolescent females

June 6, 2019


Angharad Ames, MD, MA

Target Audience

This activity was developed for physicians along with nurses and ancillary staff.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize adolescence as a critical time of vulnerability for suicidal ideation and behavior due to dramatic changes in biological and social systems.
  • Describe predominant theories of suicide, with particular focus on diathesis-stress models and the role of the HPA axis.
  • Illustrate a working diathesis-stress model via discussion of a recent study that examines the dynamic interplay between altered HPA stress reactivity and fluctuations in psychosocial stress states in the development of acute suicidality in adolescent females.
  • Summarize the limited evidence from the nascent field of developmental affective neuroscience as it pertains to associations between biological responses to stress and adolescent suicidal ideation and behavior, and describe future directions for research in the field.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Attendance
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
06/06/2019 - 12:00pm
Event ends: 
06/06/2019 - 1:00pm
University of California School of Medicine at Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521
United States

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
  • 1.00 Attendance


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