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Robert W. Motta

Hofstra University

A professor, researcher, and board-certified practicing psychologist who has published more than 100 research studies primarily in refereed journals and also a book on the treatment of trauma put out by the American Psychological Association. He is a Board Certified in CBT and BT.


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The focus of this book will be the aggregation of available knowledge relevant to suicide. There is an emphasis on empirical investigations rather than case studies. As a result, a series of topics will be investigated. These involve genetics, i.e. to what extent do genes play a role in the prediction of suicide and suicide attempts. Identical and fraternal twins will be examined as a factor as well as first degree relatives and extended family. Another topic is the predictors of suicide, e.g., level of stress, emotional contributors, and mental illness. Treatments for suicidality is another topic area, ie., what specific forms of empirically-based interventions reduce suicidality. A further topic is an examination of the difference between suicidal gestures and actual suicide attempts. Are gestures distinguishable in the intent from serious attempts? Finally, the emphasis throughout the book is upon scientific investigations.

There are many case studies in the literature but few shed light on the science of suicide and even fewer address how such investigations can be carried out. It is important to gather the available empirical literature on suicide within one volume.

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Date completed: March 23rd 2021

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Deadline for chapter proposals: April 20th 2021

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Deadline for full chapters: June 19th 2021

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Review results due: September 7th 2021

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Expected publication date: November 6th 2021

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Robert W. Motta

Hofstra University

Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child and Family Trauma Institute at Hofstra University. Was chair of the psychology department and director of psychology doctoral program. Have published over 100 professional papers primarily in peer reviewed journals and also have written at least 5-10 book chapters. Have a book published by the American Psychological Association, entitled 'Alternative Therapies for PTSD: The Science of Mind-Body Treatments' and was published in July 2020. Am Board Certified in CBT and BT. I am a practicing psychologist and Vietnam War Veteran (Army-First Cavalry Brigade) and that experience, along with having done treatment and research in trauma and PTSD for four decades provides me with considerable expertise in the areas of trauma, PTSD and suicide.

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