Dr. Laura Frey

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Laura Frey is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a board-approved Clinical Supervisor for marriage and family therapy in Kentucky. She currently serves as the Program Chair for the 2016 Annual Conference for the American Association of Suicidology, and as the Student/New Professional Representative for the Advancing Family Science Section of the National Council on Family Relations.

Her primary interest is in the intersection of family processes and mental health. As a licensed clinician and family scientist, she aspires to conduct applied research that has clear implications for both family life educations and mental-health service providers. Her research has utilized both quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the role of stigma and family interactions following a member’s disclosure of suicidal behavior. Additionally, she has examined parental suicide attempts and how this information is communicated to children. Her programmatic line of research moving forward is centered on the role of family interactions and suicide-related disclosure. Her work aims to reduce the stigma experienced by suicide attempt survivors and those with lived experiences of suicide.

As a clinician, she advocates for examining the family’s role in experiences leading up to suicidal behavior and the assets family can provide in the treatment process, topics which have largely been ignored by family scientists and clinicians. She also provides continuing education for professionals regarding the assessment and treatment of suicidal behavior.