Peter Franz

Peter Franz

Graduate Student, Department of Psychology
Peter Franz with his dog, Franklin.

I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Nock Lab at Harvard University. My research interests revolve around understanding why people engage in harmful behavior, such as non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and suicidal thinking.  My program of research has two primary arms. In the first, I use behavioral paradigms and measures of physiology to understand why people might choose to harm themselves when they are experiencing emotional distress. In the second arm of my research program, I use natural language processing tools to better understand how discussions of suicide and NSSI on the internet might be associated with risk for engaging in these behaviors. I am also a trainee in preparation for licensure as a Clinical Psychologist. Clinically, I have worked primarily with teenagers, young adults, and families experiencing challenges with suicide, NSSI, eating disorders, and trauma. Working with these types of individuals in various clinical settings has greatly informed my research, and I leverage my research findings to provide targeted treatments to those in need.


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