Dr. Miranda’s research seeks to understand why young people think about and attempt suicide. Her work focuses on understanding social and cognitive risk for suicide in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Presently, she is conducting an NIH-funded longitudinal study of cognitive predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior among young adults. This research focuses on the role of self-focused and future-oriented ruminative thinking in the development of hopelessness-related thoughts, along with the specificity of cognitive content that most increases vulnerability to suicidal ideation and attempts.
- Miranda, R., De Jaegere, E., Restifo, K., & Shaffer, D. (in press). Longitudinal follow-up study of adolescents who report a suicide attempt: Aspects of suicidal behavior that predict a future attempt. Depression and Anxiety.
- Miranda, R., Valderrama, J., Tsypes, A., Gadol, E., & Gallagher, M. (in press). Cognitive inflexibility and suicidal ideation: Mediating role of brooding and hopelessness. Psychiatry Research.
- Miranda, R., Andersen, S.M., & Edwards, T. (2012). The relational self and pre-existing depression: Implicit activation of significant-other representations exacerbates dysphoria and evokes rejection in the working self-concept. Self and Identity, 12, 39-57.
- Miranda, R., Scott, M., Hicks, R., Wilcox, H., Munfakh, J.L., & Shaffer, D. (2008). Suicide attempt characteristics, diagnoses, and future attempts: Comparing multiple attempters to single attempters and ideators. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 32-40.
- Miranda, R., & Nolen-Hoeksema, S. (2007). Brooding and reflection: Rumination predicts suicidal ideation at one-year follow up in a community sample. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 3088-3095.