Brooke Ammerman

Brooke Ammerman

Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Clinical

Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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The focus of current projects includes:  (1) examining the potential unique effects of interpersonal stress on self-injurious thoughts and behaviors; (2) improving our understanding of the self-disclosure process among those with a history of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors; (3) utilizing information from the daily level to improve our prediction of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. You may visit my lab website here:


Professor Ammerman’s research examines the spectrum of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, including non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts; she works from the framework that self-injurious thoughts and behaviors serve as an extreme means of emotion regulation. Utilizing a multi-method approach, Professor Ammerman’s research seeks to understand how various intra- and inter- personal factors interact to increase chronic or imminent risk of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Professor Ammerman has a particular interest in the interpersonal context in which these thoughts and behaviors occur and how they may overlap with other risk behaviors (e.g. aggression, substance use).



Recent Publications

Ammerman, B.A., Wilcox, K. T., O’Loughlin, C. M., & McCloskey, M.S. (In Press). Characterizing the choice to disclose nonsuicidal self-injury. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Jiang, M., Ammerman, B.A., Zeng, Q., Jacobucci, R., & Brodersen, A. (In Press). Phrase-level Pairwise Topic Modeling to Uncover Helpful Peer Responses to Online Suicidal Crises. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications.

Ammerman, B.A., Carter S. P., Gebhardt, H. M., Buchholz, J., & Reger, M.A. (In Press). An initial investigation of suicide attempt disclosure among U.S. veterans. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. 

Ammerman, B.A., & McCloskey, M.S. (In Press). The development of a measure to assess social reactions to self-injury disclosure. Assessment. Advanced Online Publication. doi: 10.1177/1073191120903081.

O’Loughlin, C.M., Burke, T.A., & Ammerman, B.A. (In Press). Examining the time to transition from self-injury to suicide attempt: A brief report. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.

Jacobucci, R., Ammerman, B. A., & Wilcox, K. T.@ (In Press) The use of text-based responses to improve our understanding and prediction of suicide risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Ammerman, B.A., & Reger, M. (2020). Evaluation of prevention efforts and risk factors among veteran suicide decedents who died by firearm. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 50, 679-687. doi: 10.11111/sltb.12618

Park, Y., Mahdy, J., & Ammerman, B. A. (In Press). Response to nonsuicidal self-injury disclosures: A systematic review. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.