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UW-Eau Claire professor to discuss nonsuicidal self-injury in youth

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Jennifer Muehlenkamp

Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp

Nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescents baffles the individual’s friends, parents, teachers and health professionals. It occurs in 15%-20% of young people and most often begins at the age of 13 or 14. 

Dr. Jennifer Muehlenkamp, a professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire, will provide an overview of what is known about nonsuicidal self-injury — why youth do it, how it relates to possible suicide risk and how to respond when you learn of the behavior — during UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s "Thursdays at the U" series Oct. 3. The presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus. 

Muehlenkamp is a licensed psychologist and an internationally respected expert in the field of suicidology, having contributed more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on the topic of nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide. She also has co-authored two books related to treating self-injury. Muehlenkamp’s scholarly work has earned awards from the American Association of Suicidology and the Self-Injury Awareness Network and has received funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Mental Health. 

Muehlenkamp, who received UW-Eau Claire’s 2019 Excellence in Service Award, provides workshops and training sessions on assessing and treating nonsuicidal self-injury and suicide throughout the U.S. and is a master trainer for QPR (question, persuade, refer) and AMSR (assessing and managing suicide risk for outpatient providers). She currently is the director of the Suicide Prevention and Research Collaborative at UW-Eau Claire, helping to coordinate suicide prevention initiatives on campus. 

For more information about "Thursdays at the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.