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Research on Self-Injury in Daily Life

NSSI is a behavior that occurs in interaction with real-world context and therefore is best understood in the natural environment. To tackle this challenge, the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury established a Consortium for Research on Self-Injury in Everyday Life at the annual society meeting in 2019.


Chaired by Dr. Glenn Kiekens and A/Prof. Brooke Ammerman, we are an interdisciplinary and international group of researchers who aim to build expertise and capacity to better understand, predict, and prevent key NSSI outcomes as they are experienced in individuals' everyday lives.

Our special interest group consists of graduate students, early-career, mid-career, and senior researchers committed to producing high-quality, ambitious, and scientifically rigorous work, which seeks to develop tangible benefits for people who self-injure. Making use of advances in real-time monitoring (also called experience sampling or ecological momentary assessment) and intensive longitudinal methods, we believe that research on NSSI in everyday life will advance more rapidly when all stakeholders' interests (i.e., individuals with lived experience, their families, researchers, and clinicians) are considered.

Our key priorities are to:

  1. Better understand the short-term course of NSSI thoughts, urges, and behavior in everyday life, the individual risk and protective factors thereof, and the relationship with longer-term developmental change.

  2. Promote person-centered care and the deployment of personalized prevention and novel digital interventions in the treatment of NSSI.

  3. Consider the accompanying responsibilities of studying NSSI in everyday life and provide guidance to stakeholders across different cultural and intersectional contexts.

Group members include:

  • Jennifer Muehlenkamp

  • Julie Janssens

  • Kealagh Robinson

  • Laurence Claes

  • Lisa Van Hove

  • Olivia Kirtley

  • Peter Taylor

  • Ruth Tatnell

  • Sarah Victor

  • Taylor Burke

If you are interested in joining this group, please get in touch with Glenn Kiekens ( and Brooke Ammerman ( to express your interest. In your email, please include a brief description of why you are interested to join the group, what you hope to gain from your membership, and what skills, expertise, and/or insights you can bring to the group.

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