The Sci-Files – 11/17/19 – Corbin Standley – Youth Suicide Prevention

Chelsie Boodoo and Daniel Puentes

This week on The Sci-Files, Chelsie and Danny interview Corbin J. Standley.

Corbin is a 3rd year Ph.D. student in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at MSU. His research interests lie at the intersection of community psychology, public health, and policy. Broadly, he is interested in equitable community and systems change through the use of data, evaluation, and intervention. Moreover, he is interested in the application of community psychology in studying suicide and its prevention, particularly in terms of policy change and community-level approaches to prevention.

Suicide is currently the tenth leading cause of death overall, and the second leading cause of death among youth. Despite these numbers, however, suicide is still relatively under-researched. Given this and his interdisciplinary lens, Corbin’s most recent research has focused on how the intersection of multiple marginalized identities contributes to suicide risk among youth. In addition to this, his Master’s Thesis examined the role of social support as a protective factor across the family, school, and community contexts. Corbin has used this research to inform his policy work at the state and federal levels in providing testimony, helping to draft legislation, and working with legislators to prevent suicide.

For more information about suicide and what you can do to prevent it, visit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741. Both resources offer free, 24/7 confidential support.

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