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Emma Nielsen

Research Associate, Faculty of Science



Emma is a Research Associate working on a project exploring whether adapted, autism specific safety plans can be used to reduce repeated self-harm, suicidal ideation and suicidal behaviour in autistic adults. Prior to starting this work, Emma completed her PhD within the School of Psychology's Self-Harm Research Group (SHRG). Emma's doctoral research focused on understanding the 'whens' of self-harm thoughts and behaviours and psychological dynamics underpinning change. Emma's research interests also include: the language we use to discuss self-harm and suicidal behaviours (and its impact), public involvement and engagement, and conceptualisations of 'recovery'.

Emma has been the recipient of multiple awards for her work. In 2016, Emma was awarded an ESRC OIV grant; she was a visiting research fellow at Nock Lab at Harvard (Harvard University, USA). The following year, Emma was awarded The Dean Moore Scholarship at the University of Nottingham's Tri Campus Postgraduate Awards. The scholarship acknowledges research excellence and accomplishments in publications, conferences, and contribution to the Postgraduate Community. Emma's award recognised both significant academic achievements and contributions to public engagement and knowledge exchange activities. Emma has twice been award the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) Publication Prize for best research flowing from work during doctoral studies or as part of a doctoral dissertation (2016, 2019).

Emma co-founded netECR, an independent, international network of Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working in suicide and self-harm prevention. netECR facilitates collaboration, networking, horizontal mentorship and support for ECRs through online content, resource development and sharing, a journal club, a reflective practice group and the creation of a 'virtual lab'. netECR is the first network of its kind in the field of suicide and self-harm research and has established a model of working which others have replicated in their respective fields. netECR currently has over 70 members across five continents.

Expertise Summary

self-harm; suicide; mental health; psychology.

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