Matthew K. Nock, Ph.D., Director
Research Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Scientist, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor Nock received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University (2003) and completed his clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital and the New York University Child Study Center (2003). Nock’s research is aimed at advancing the understanding of why people behave in ways that are harmful to themselves, with an emphasis on suicide and other forms of self-harm. His research is multi-disciplinary in nature and uses a range of methodological approaches (e.g., epidemiologic surveys, laboratory-based experiments, clinic-based studies, and ecological momentary assessment) to better understand how these behaviors develop, how to predict them, and how to prevent their occurrence. This work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health and several private foundations, and has been published in over 250 scientific papers and book chapters. Nock’s work has been recognized through the receipt of four early career awards from the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Association of Suicidology; in 2011, he was named a MacArthur Fellow. In addition to conducting research, Nock has been a consultant/scientific advisor to the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Initiative, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Childhood and Adolescent Disorder Work Group. At Harvard, Professor Nock teaches courses on statistics, research methods, self-destructive behaviors, developmental psychopathology, and cultural diversity—for which he has received several teaching awards, including the Roslyn Abramson Teaching Award, Petra Shattuck Prize, and the Lawrence H. Cohen Outstanding Mentor Award. In 2017, he was named the Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard.
Professor Nock is not accepting PhD students for Fall 2022 admission.
Self-Destructive Behaviors (Psych 1853)
Developmental Psychopathology (Psych 1861)
Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (Psych 1900)
Cultural and Individual Diversity (Psych 2430)
Psychological Treatment Research (Psych 2445)
Laboratory for Clinical and Developmental Research (Psych 2461r)
Research Seminar in Clinical Science (Psych 3200)
Research Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology (Psych 3400)
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