Dr. Klonsky is professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. His research examines suicide, including the pursuit of parsimonious models of suicide and better understanding of suicide motivations and warning signs. Dr. Klonsky also pursues research interests in emotion, personality, and assessment, many of which overlap with his work on suicide.
Research interests include suicide, emotion, impulsivity/personality, and clinical assessment.
Dr. Klonsky’s secondary research area is Social/Personality.
Selected representative publications appear below. A complete list of publications can be found at: http://www.PEBL.org
(*denotes trainee/student author)
Klonsky, E.D. (2020). The role of theory for understanding and preventing suicide (but not predicting it): A commentary on Hjelmeland and Knizek. Death Studies, 44, 459-452.
May, A.M., *Pachkowski, M.C., & Klonsky, E.D. (2020). Motivations for suicide: Converging evidence from clinical and community samples. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 123, 171-177.
Klonsky, E.D., Victor, S.E., Hibbert, A.S., & Hajcak, G.(2019). The Multidimensional Emotion Questionnaire (MEQ): Rationale and Initial Psychometric Properties. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 41, 409-424.
*Pachkowski, M., May, A.M., Tsai, M., & Klonsky, E.D. (2019). A brief measure of unbearable psychache. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 49, 1721-1734.
Klonsky, E.D., *Saffer, B.Y., & Bryan, C.J. (2018). Ideation-to-action theories of suicide: A conceptual and empirical update. Current Opinion in Psychology, 22, 38-43.
Klonsky, E.D., *May, A.M., & *Saffer, B.Y. (2016). Suicide, suicide attempts, and suicidal ideation. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 12, 307-330.
*May, A.M. & Klonsky, E.D. (2016). “Impulsive” suicide attempts: What do we really mean? Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 7, 293-302.
*May, A. M., & Klonsky, E. D. (2016). What distinguishes suicide attempters from suicide ideators? A meta‐analysis of potential factors. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 23, 5-20.
Klonsky, E.D. & *May, A.M. (2015). The Three-Step Theory (3ST): A new theory of suicide rooted in the “Ideation-to-Action” framework. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 8, 114-129.
Klonsky, E.D. & *May, A.M. (2014). Differentiating suicide attempters from suicide ideators: A critical frontier for suicidology research. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 44, 1-5.
*Victor, S.E. & Klonsky, E.D. (2014). Correlates of suicide attempts among self-injurers: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 34, 282-297.
Klonsky, E.D., *May, A.M., & *Glenn, C.R. (2013). The relationship between nonsuicidal self-injury and attempted suicide: Converging evidence from four samples. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 231-237.
- UBC Killam Research Prize (2020)
- Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2017)
- American Association of Suicidology: Edwin S. Shneidman Award (2015)
- Association for Psychological Science Rising Star (2011)
- David Shakow Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology (2011)
- American Psychological Association Fellow (2010)
- American Psychological Foundation and the Society of Clinical Psychology Theodore Blau Early Career Award (2010)
Dr. Klonsky is not accepting graduate students.