Morgan Buerke

Morgan Buerke
University of Southern Mississippi | USM · Department of Psychology

Bachelor of Science
Suicidologist in the Anxiety and Trauma Research Program led by Daniel Capron, PhD

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Introduction
I am currently a graduate student in adult clinical psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. I work under the mentorship of Dr. Daniel Capron in the Anxiety and Trauma Research Lab. I am interested in decision-making, emotion regulation, personality, and psychopathology, as they relate to suicide. In addition, as suicide attempts and those who make them are a heterogenous field of study, I enjoy any research dedicated to parsing the heterogeneity further.
Additional affiliations
June 2018 - July 2021
UPMC
Position
  • Project Manager
Description
  • Data collection, scheduling, recruitment using fMRI, eye-tracking, EMA, behavioral tasks, neuropsychological assessments, and clinical assessments; Database transfer and management- Redcap, Microsoft access; Coding using R studio, Inquisit (creation of behavioral tasks), HTML and CSS (website); IRB management; Manuscript editing and writing; Grant editing; Paper reviews; Ordering of office supplies; Training of new staff
July 2016 - December 2017
Kent State University
Position
  • Researcher
Description
  • Conceptualized and designed a study on anger rumination. Acquired IRB approval for the study and recruited and trained research assistants on all aspects of study. Gathered study materials such as hiring an actor to record the video aspect, researching self-reports to use, etc.
December 2014 - May 2018
Kent State University
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Eye-tracking and math data collection in children and adults. "Coded" qualitative responses quantitatively in a project about math anxiety and strategy use, then published as 3rd author on that project. Clarissa Thompson, my advisor, and I continue to collaborate on projects into 2020.
Education
August 2021 - May 2027
University of Southern Mississippi
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 2014 - December 2017
Kent State University
Field of study
  • Psychology

Publications

Publications (14)
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Introduction Older adults are at the highest risk for death by suicide in almost all countries in the world. Certain protective factors, such as objective and subjective social support, have long been stated as protective factors for suicidal behavior in the elderly. Trait-level mindfulness, and life satisfaction and engagement have also been state...
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Background People who have attempted suicide display suboptimal decision-making in the lab. Yet, it remains unclear whether these difficulties tie in with other detrimental outcomes in their lives besides suicidal behavior. We hypothesize that this is more likely the case for individuals who first attempted suicide earlier than later in life. Meth...
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We examined 3 clinical and 3 neuropsychological risk factors for suicidal behavior cross-sectionally across the lifespan.
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Predictive models using traditional statistical methods have largely failed to describe suicide etiology. Network theory, which conceptualizes factors as mutually interacting, reinforcing elements of a complex outcome, can model relationships between transdiagnostic and neurocognitive vulnerability factors. The present study used a network approach...
Poster
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We examined the relationship between childhood trauma experiences and age of onset of first suicide attempt using a sample of depressed older adults with and without suicidal behavior or ideation, and a comparison group of healthy non-psychiatric people.
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Background Studies of risk factors for suicidal behavior are typically restricted to narrow age ranges, making it difficult to determine if they have the same relevance or potency across the full adult lifespan. Methods This study examined selected clinical and neurocognitive risk factors for suicidal behavior – borderline personality traits, aggr...
Article
We investigated whether three interventions – studying incorrect worked examples, studying correct worked examples, or receiving feedback – improved children’s 0–1,000 (Experiment 1) and adults’ 1 thousand–1 billion (Experiment 2) number-line estimation precision relative to a no intervention control group. At pretest, participants estimated number...
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Adults use a variety of strategies to reason about fraction magnitudes, and this variability is adaptive. In two studies, we examined the relationships between mathematics anxiety, working memory, strategy variability, and performance on two fraction tasks: fraction magnitude comparison and estimation. Adults with higher mathematics anxiety had low...
Presentation
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Exploring the effect of anger rumination on anger and aggression
Poster
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This study examined the relationship between math anxiety and fraction understanding. Students with higher math anxiety were less likely to accurately compare fraction magnitudes because they used fewer strategies across all trials. These students may have less strategy knowledge or may not use strategies adaptively.

Projects

Projects (7)
Project
Our goal is to determine if suicidal behavior or ideation is related to certain previously studied protective factors for suicidal behavior, or if it may in fact be more related to depression in a late-life population.
Project
Determining the limitations of Virtual Reality as a tool to study suicidal behaviors.
Project
It is well established that stressful early life experiences can adversely impact long-term psychopathology, including depression and suicidal behaviors, in adolescence and adulthood. In addition, past studies have suggested that childhood trauma experiences are predictors of the onset of suicidal behaviors, however, none of these studies included older adults. The present study examined the relationship between childhood traumatic experiences and late-life suicide, and whether or not a difference exists between early-onset (first suicide attempt occurs early in life) and late-onset (first suicide attempt occurs in late life) attempters.