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Dr Kevin Hochard’s research examines the links between sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia and nightmares) and suicidal behaviours. He is interested in the processes through which sleep can regulate mood and the impact of this regulation or lack thereof on waking life. He aims to develop brief behavioural interventions to tackle this important issue.

 

Current Projects

Psychological flexibility as a moderator for known predictors of suicidality. Defeat, hopelessness, and hyper-arousal are commonly identified risk factors for suicidality. Third-wave therapeutic interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) have been show to build psychological flexibility, a behavioural tendency to persist toward valued ends and to accept difficult emotions and experiences with equanimity. This study aims to recruit a large sample for a cross-sectional, theoretical modelling study of these specific therapeutic process of as predictors of suicidality. Project Lead: Kevin Hochard