Brooke Ammerman

Brooke Ammerman

Assistant Professor of Psychology

  • Clinical

Corbett Family Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

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Current investigations include (1) the impact of social reactions upon disclosure of NSSI and suicidal behaviors; (2) the unique effects of interpersonal stress on NSSI; and (3) the prediction of suicide risk classification and subsequent suicide attempts within an emergency department setting. 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., Jacobucci, R., & McClsokey, M.S. (In Press). Using exploratory data mining to identify important predictors of non-suicidal self-injury frequency. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/vio0000146

Ammerman, B. A., Berman, M. E., & McCloskey, M. S. (In Press). Assessing non-suicidal self-injury in the laboratory. Archives of Suicide Research. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1080/13811118.2017.1319312 

Ammerman, B. A., Jacobucci, R., Kleiman, E. M., Uyeji, L. L., & McCloskey, M. S. (In Press). The relationship between NSSI age of onset and severity of self-harm. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12330

Burke, T. A.*, Ammerman, B. A.*, Knorr, A. C., Alloy, L. B., & McCloskey, M. S. (In Press). Measuring acquired capability for suicide within an ideation-to-action framework. Psychology of Violence.Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/vio0000090

Ammerman, B. A., Olino, T., Coccaro, E. F., & McCloskey, M. S. (2017). Predicting the daily occurrence of non-suicidal self-injury in Borderline Personality Disorder using ecological momentary assessment. Journal of Personality Disorder. doi: 10.1521/pedi_2017_31_278

Ammerman, B. A., Jacobucci, R., Kleiman, E. M., Muehlenkamp, J., J. & McCloskey, M. S (2017). Exploration and validation of an empirically derived frequency criteria for NSSI Disorder using Exploratory Data Mining. Psychological Assessment, 29, 221-231. doi: 10.1037/pas0000334 

Burke, T. A., Ammerman, B. A., Hamilton, J. L., & Alloy, L. B. (2017). Impact of non-suicidal self-injury scale: Initial psychometric validation. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41, 130-142. doi: 10.1007/s10608-016-9806-9 

Ammerman, B. A., Steinberg, L., & McCloskey. M. S. (2016). Risk-taking behavior and suicidality: The unique role of adolescent drug use. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1220313 

Ammerman, B. A., Kleiman, E., Jenkins, A., Berman, M. & McCloskey, M. S. (2016). The use of propensity score matching to examine sensitivity to punishment and reward in non-suicidal self-injury. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 1-12. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000436

Ammerman, B. A., & Brown, S. (2016). The mediating role of self-criticism in the relationship between parental expressed emotion and NSSI. Current Psychology,1-9. doi: 10.1007/s12144-016-9516-1 

Ammerman, B. A., Burke, T., Alloy, L. B., & McCloskey, M. S. (2016). Subjective pain during NSSI as an active agent in suicide risk. Psychiatry Research, 236, 80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.12.028 

Burke, T. A., Hamilton, J., L., Ammerman, B. A., Stange, J., & Alloy, L. B. (2016). Suicide risk aborted and interrupted suicide attempters versus actual suicide attempters. Psychiatry Research, 242, 357-364. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.05.051