Dr. Owens is a board-certified behavioral and cognitive psychologist. He is an authority on college mental health practice and policy, including college readiness and behavioral risk management. He specializes in the treatment of anxiety, mood disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder in adolescents, college students, and emerging adults. Articles written by Dr. Owens: Will machine learning stop [...]
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By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPPP I am almost certain that you and your college kid know all about food services, residence life, and health services. I would be willing to bet that you know very little about campus counseling and psychological services. Because the need can come on fast, it is important to [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP It is difficult to be specific about what to say to a child or adolescent who may be suicidal because each kid and each family is so vastly different. There are some strategies that consistently increase the chances and speed of recovery. Start with this: Talk about [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP On July 12, 2014, 17-year-old Michelle Carter repeatedly encouraged her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, to kill himself. He was in his truck in a K-Mart parking lot, pumping the cab full of carbon monoxide gas. When he stepped out of the truck, she ordered him by [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP Tragedy has come again. Whether you are reading this in response to an intentional act, an accident, or some natural disaster, your response is likely the same. You feel sad and afraid. Perhaps you lost sleep. Maybe you had nightmares, if you slept at all. You are thinking [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP A kid's death by suicide is very rare. While none of us wants to dwell on the possibility of a kid's death, suicide is preventable if you know what puts a kid at risk and how to tell if there's an imminent risk of suicide. Here are [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP Over the next several weeks, emerging adults will walk across the stage at commencement and right back into their childhood bedrooms. In 2014, just over 32% of millennials were living with their parents. These living arrangements can cause difficulty for everyone involved, so it's best to set [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP We are making great strides in preventing the things that kill Americans, except in stopping suicide. Since the turn of the century, we've gotten worse at suicide prevention. It is the 10th leading cause of death, claiming 44,193 lives in 2015, and is the second leading cause of [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP The first thing I remember reading on the news crawl on May 18th was that Chris Cornell died in Detroit. I had to watch the whole cycle again because I couldn't believe it. In addition to his family, friends, and his music, Chris Cornell left us with some [...]
By Shane G. Owens, Ph.D., ABPP Of the myriad difficult things, you have to talk about with your children, suicide is probably not one of them. We are fortunate that kids do not die very often, but the second leading killer of young people is suicide. Talking about suicide and about general emotional and [...]