Psychologist Matthew Nock is MacArthur Fellow

Researcher is recognized for multidisciplinary approach to suicide and self-injury.

Matthew K. NockMatthew K. Nock, professor of psychology at Harvard University, has been named as one of 22 MacArthur Fellows for 2011 by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.  Nock, a clinical psychologist, has made significant research contributions to the understanding of suicide and self-injury, particularly in adolescents.  Recently he has been an investigator in the Army STARRS project, which investigates mental health risk and resilience in military personnel.  Nock’s work combines epidemiological, experimental, and clinical approaches, and is notable for its rigorous linkage of basic psychological mechanisms with clinical phenomena.

In 2010, Nock received an Award for Distinguished Early Career Scientific Contribution to Psychology from the American Psychological Association.  He has also received awards from the American Association of Suicidology and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, as well as teaching awards at Harvard.

The MacArthur Fellows Program recognizes individuals in all fields “who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. There are three criteria for selection of Fellows: exceptional creativity, promise for important future advances based on a track record of significant accomplishment, and potential for the fellowship to facilitate subsequent creative work.”  Each fellow receives a stipend of $500,000.

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