The Psychology of Self-Injury: Exploring Self-Harm & Mental Health

Single-Session Intervention for Self-Harm, with Mallory Dobias

Episode Summary

Mallory Dobias, MA, from Stony Brook University describes Project SAVE, an online, single-session intervention for nonsuicidal self-injury and self-harm.

Episode Notes

According to a 2020 national survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), among 52.9 million adults with any mental illness in the United States, 46.2% received mental health services in the past year, which means more than half did not. Although there are known, effective treatments for mental disorders, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that more than 75% of people in low- and middle-income countries receive no treatment.

In this episode, Mallory Dobias, MA, a Clinical Psychology PhD student at Stony Brook University in New York discusses an online, brief single-session intervention for nonsuicidal self-injury and self-harm, allowing for more accessible treatment options.

You can find Mallory's open access pre-print paper on PsyArXiv at and its peer-reviewed final publication in the journal Behaviour Research and Therapy by clicking here. To find the pdf version of the intervention in Open Science Framework (OSF) visit To find the project summary of Project SAVE (Stop Adolescent Violence Everywhere), visit

Follow Mallory on Twitter at @MalloryDobias and learn more about her work with the Lab for Scalable Mental Health at and her work with the Fox Lab at Denver University at

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