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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

SCS doctoral student recognised for outstanding research

Shireen with ISSS president
Dr Jennifer Muehlenkamp

Congratulations Shireen Mahtani who was awarded a highly competitive travel grant by the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury (ISSS) last month, in recognition for her outstanding research.

A doctoral student with the Centre for Developmental Psychiatry and Psychology in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Shireen's research investigates the developmental trajectory towards engaging in non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) through maladaptive shame-related cognitive and behavioural processes.

"I am looking both at how distal and proximal risk factors of shame-proneness and non-suicidal self-injury relate, and how the various ways people cope with shame are associated with why a person begins and continues to engage in NSSI, a complex and multi-functional behaviour," said Shireen.

"My hope is that this research will not only assist in our understanding, prevention and intervention of NSSI, but also in our awareness and understanding of toxic shame processes that pervade the lives of many."

"I feel very honoured and grateful to have received this award and would like to acknowledge and thank my supervisors Dr Glenn Melvin and Dr Penelope Hasking for their utmost guidance and support."

Shireen presented her research at the ISSS 10th annual meeting in Heidelberg, Germany.

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