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Doctor in Psychology (Psy. D.)


Inmate suicide is an increasing problem in prisons and jails across the United States of America. This Doctoral Specialty Project highlights the current protocols in place for inmates experiencing suicidal ideation in various correctional settings, including the Federal Bureau of Prisons (FBOP), several state prisons and local jails across the U.S. This project introduces the entirety of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) framework as a possible suicide assessment and intervention tool that could streamline suicide focused evaluation and treatment across correctional settings, thus increasing continuity of care. Specifically, this project focuses on the effectiveness of existing adaptations of CAMS in various settings such as inpatient hospitals and community outpatient treatment. Suggested adaptations to CAMS, specific to the correctional setting, will be highlighted. The reasons CAMS is thought to be an effective assessment and treatment protocol in corrections settings will be discussed. Lastly, the outcomes of those currently using CAMS in correctional settings will be evaluated.

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Melinda Moore, Ph.D.

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Dustin Wygant, Ph.D.

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Adu Boateng, Ph.D.

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Psychology Commons