Bridget E. Weller

Bridget E.



Assistant Professor
Duke University

Professional Bio

Dr. Weller’s long-term goal is to develop an independent program of research focused on interventions for adolescents with mental health issues that also will reduce disparities in mental health care. As a New Connections scholar, she will work towards this goal through focusing on her career development and research. The objectives of her career development plan are to enhance her research network, grant writing abilities, and methodological skills.  Being a scholar will facilitate this objective by allowing her to attend New Connections events, providing her with access to an expert on structural equation modeling and enabling her to attend an ICPSR methodological course.  The objectives of her research plan are to use two different types of longitudinal structural equation models to examine the temporal relationship between social support and suicide ideation.


Project Description

Research has documented that suicide ideation is associated with a lack of social support; however, few studies have examined this phenomenon from a longitudinal perspective.  The purpose of the research is to examine the temporal relationship between social support and suicide ideation.  The proposed study aims to (a) identify trajectory of suicidal ideation for Black and White adolescents, and (2) explore the link between social support and suicide ideation over time.  The central hypothesis is social support is an important protective factor against suicidal ideation.  This hypothesis is based on two conceptual models, which are founded on two theories – Life Course Theory and Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.  To test the hypotheses, I propose using four waves of data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. Mplus 7.2 will be used to conduct two types of longitudinal structural equation models.

Research Interests

Adolescent mental health; health disparities; intervention research.

The Details
  • New Connections Status: Junior Investigator
  • Award Year: 2016
  • RWJF Team/Portfolio: Socal Work
  • Project Name: The Temporal Relationship between Social Support and Suicide Ideation

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