Janice Rice is a 2015 graduate of the PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Seattle.

Dissertation Committee:

  • Alexandra Suarez, PhD, Dissertation Chair
  • Cynthia Goins, PhD, Committee Member
  • Jude Bergkamp, PsyD, Committee Member


suicide, suicide risk assessment, prisons, correctional institutions, prisoners, mental illness

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This study evaluated suicide risk assessments in a correctional psychiatric setting. It considered whether clinicians’ judgment of suicide risk predicted future suicidal behaviors in seriously mentally ill prisoners. Data analysis did not show that higher suicide risk scores predicted more suicidal behaviors, nor did it show that suicide risk scores differentiated multiple attempters, or those who went on to attempt suicide or self-harm two or more times in the three years following the assessment. Study data did, however show that suicide risk scores significantly differentiated those who went on to attempt suicide or self-harm at least once in the three years following the assessment. Low, moderate, and high suicide risk groups were characterized in terms of suicide assessments, suicidal behaviors, clinical factors, criminal factors, institutional behaviors, housing, and demographics. Multiple attempter and non-multiple attempter groups were similarly characterized. Observations about suicide risk assessment and housing were discussed. Notably, all but one infraction for suicide and self-harm took place in single-man housing. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center,