Adjunct Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Overview

Recent Publications

Esposito, C. & Clum, G.A. (2002). Social support and problem-solving as moderators of the relationship between childhood abuse and suicidality: Applications to a delinquent population. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 15, 137-146.

Esposito, C. & Clum, G.A. (2002). Psychiatric symptoms and their relation to suicidal ideation in a high risk adolescent community sample. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 41, 44-51.

Esposito, C. & Clum, G. (2003). The relative importance of diagnostic and psychosocial factors in the prediction of adolescent suicidal ideation. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 32, 386-395.

Penn, J., Esposito, C., Shaeffer, L., Fritz, G., & Spirito, A. (2003). Suicide attempts and self-mutilative behavior in a juvenile correctional facility. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 42, 762-769.

Esposito, C., Spirito, A., Boergers, J., & Donaldson, D. (2003). Affective, cognitive, and behavioral functioning in adolescents with multiple suicide attempts. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 33, 389-399.

Esposito, C. & Spirito, A. (2003). Behavioral factors: Impulsive and aggressive behavior. In A. Spirito & J. Overholser (Eds.), Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters: From Research to Practice. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Esposito, C., Johnson, B., Spirito, A., & Overholser, J. (2003). Cognitive factors: Hopelessness, coping, problem-solving, self-esteem. In A. Spirito & J. Overholser (Eds.), Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters: From Research to Practice. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

DiFillippo, J., Esposito, C., & Overholser, J. (2003). High risk populations. In A. Spirito & J. Overholser (Eds.), Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters: From Research to Practice. San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Esposito-Smythers, C., Jobes, D.A., Lester, D., & Spirito, A. (2004). A case study on adolescent suicide: Tim. Archives of Suicide Research, 8, 187-197.

Esposito-Smythers, C. & Spirito, A. (2004). Adolescent Suicidal Behavior and Substance Use: A Review With Implications for Treatment Research. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 28 (supplement), 77S-88S.

Colby, S.M., Lee, C.S., Lewis-Esquerre, J., Esposito-Smythers, C., & Monti, P. (2004). Adolescent alcohol misuse: Methodological issues for enhancing treatment research. Addiction, 99 (suppl. 2), 47-62.

Donaldson, D., Spirito, A., & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2005). Treatment For Adolescents Following a Suicide Attempt: Results of a Pilot Trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 44, 113-120.

Spirito, A. & Esposito-Smythers, C. (2005). Cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescent suicidal behavior. In Kendall (ed.), Child and Adolescent Therapy: Cognitive-Behavioral Procedures, 3rd Edition. New York: Guildford Press.

Spirito, A. & Esposito-Smythers, C. (in press). Attempted and completed suicide in adolescence. (in press). In Nolen-Hoeksema (ed.), Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, Vol 2. Palo Alto, CA: Annual Review.

Esposito-Smythers, C., McClung, T., & Fairlie, A. (in press). Adolescent perceptions of a suicide prevention group on an inpatient Unit. Archives of Suicide Research.

Honors

Student Loan Repayment Recipient, NIAAA, 7/03-6/05
Student Loan Repayment Renewal, NIAAA, 7/05-6/07
Sharon Chauncy Fellowship Award (humanitarian award), Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies at Brown University, 6/04

Research Projects

Young Investigator Award: Treatment of Youth Alcohol Abuse and Suicidality. American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Principal Investigator. 7/1/03 – 6/30/05. The purpose of this grant is to pilot an integrated cognitive behavioral intervention for adolescents with co-occurring suicidality and substance use disorders in an open trial.

Psychopathology, Cognition, and Suicide in Adolescents. NIMH. Principal Investigator (MH065885). 1/1/04-12/31/06. The purpose of this grant is to test a cognitive mediational model to explain the relation between psychopathology and suicidality among adolescents.

Treatment of Youth Alcohol Abuse and Suicidality. NIAAA. Principal Investigator (AA014191). 4/15/04-10/31/07. The purpose of this grant is to compare an integrated cognitive behavioral treatment to enhanced standard care for adolescents with co-occurring suicidality and substance use disorder in a randomized clinical trial.

Research Areas