Dr. Turner’s research focuses on understanding when and why people engage in behaviours that are physically harmful to themselves, including nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal behaviors, disordered eating and alcohol/drug use. She focuses on using micro-longitudinal and longitudinal methods to observe how these behaviours change over minutes, hours, days, months and years. In addition, she uses epidemiological surveys to understand the population-level health impact of these behaviors across the lifespan.


Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Ideation and Deliberate Self-harm in Canadian Adolescents During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry
Brianna J. Turner and Christina L. Robillard and Megan E. Ames and Stephanie G. Craig
DOI: 10.1177/07067437211036612

Testing a diathesis-stress model during the transition to university: Associations between self-criticism, stress, and internalizing problems
Journal of American College Health
Christina L. Robillard and Brianna J. Turner and Carolyn E. Helps
DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2021.1947837

Teaching dialectical thinking to enhance graduate trainees’ competence in outpatient psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviors.
Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne
Christina L. Robillard and Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon and Brianna J. Turner
DOI: 10.1037/cap0000297

Roles of Family Stress, Maltreatment, and Affect Regulation Difficulties on Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19
Stephanie Craig and Christina Lauren Robillard and Brianna Turner and Megan E. Ames
DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/zkms5

Personality correlates of eating pathology severity and subtypes in The National Comorbidity Survey Adolescent Supplement
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Nicole K. Legg and Brianna J. Turner
DOI: 10.1002/jclp.23021

Deliberate Self-Harm in Adolescents During COVID-19: The Roles of Pandemic-Related Stress, Emotion Regulation Difficulties, and Social Distancing
Christina Lauren Robillard and Brianna Turner and Megan Ames and Stephanie Craig
DOI: 10.31234/osf.io/fy7av

Chronic medical conditions and suicidal behaviors in a nationally representative sample of American adolescents
Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Anthony Dean-Boucher and Christina L. Robillard and Brianna J. Turner
DOI: 10.1007/s00127-019-01770-2

Is the association of deliberate self-harm with emotional relief stable or dependent on emotional context?
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Kim L. Gratz and Matthew T. Tull and Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon and Brianna J. Turner and Alexander L. Chapman
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbtep.2018.03.003

The role of interpersonal conflict and perceived social support in nonsuicidal self-injury in daily life.
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Brianna J. Turner and Rebecca J. Cobb and Kim L. Gratz and Alexander L. Chapman
DOI: 10.1037/abn0000141

Characterizing Interpersonal Difficulties Among Young Adults Who Engage in Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Using a Daily Diary
Behavior Therapy
DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.07.001

Occurrence and co-occurrence of nonsuicidal self-injury and disordered eating in a daily diary study: Which behavior, when?
Psychiatry Research
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.09.012

Non-suicidal self-injury with and without borderline personality disorder: Differences in self-injury and diagnostic comorbidity
Psychiatry Research
Brianna J. Turner and Katherine L. Dixon-Gordon and Sara B. Austin and Marcus A. Rodriguez and M. Zachary Rosenthal and Alexander L. Chapman
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.07.058

Temporal Associations Between Disordered Eating and Nonsuicidal Self-Injury: Examining Symptom Overlap Over 1 Year
Behavior Therapy
DOI: 10.1016/j.beth.2014.09.002

Non-suicidal self-injury in patients with eating disorder: Associations with identity formation above and beyond anxiety and depression
DOI: 10.1002/erv.2341

Personality profiles in Eating Disorders: Further evidence of the clinical utility of examining subtypes based on temperament
Psychiatry Research
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.04.036

Prevalence and Correlates of Eating Disorder Symptoms in a Community Sample with Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
DOI: 10.1007/s10862-014-9470-x

Nonsuicidal Self-injury in Asian Versus Caucasian University Students: Who, How, and Why?
DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12113

Risk-related and protective correlates of nonsuicidal self-injury and co-occurring suicide attempts among incarcerated women
DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12058

Why Stop Self-Injuring? Development of the Reasons to Stop Self-Injury Questionnaire
DOI: 10.1177/0145445513508977

Treating nonsuicidal self-injury: A systematic review of psychological and pharmacological interventions

How Often, or How Many Ways: Clarifying the Relationship Between Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicidality
DOI: 10.1080/13811118.2013.802660

Intrapersonal and interpersonal functions of non suicidal self-injury: Associations with emotional and social functioning
DOI: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00069.x

Psychotherapy for personality disorders
DOI: 10.3109/09540261.2011.586992

To Integrate or Not to Integrate Dialectical Behaviour Therapy with Other Therapy Approaches?
DOI: 10.1007/s10615-010-0283-4


Laboratory Studies
Understanding the contingencies that promote and deter risky behaviours has important implications for developing treatments to reduce these behaviours. Dr. Turner's research uses laboratory-based studies to closely examine the impact of these contingencies on emotional, physiological and behavioural responses. Her lab studies typically include a clinical interview, psychophysiological monitoring, and a variety of computer-based tasks.

Developmental Studies
Developmental studies are important for understanding dynamic trajectories of risky behaviours across the lifespan. For instance, we know that many risky behaviours begin in adolescence. While some youth develop long-standing problems related to these behaviours, many others are able to stop them with little formal intervention. Dr. Turner's current research uses epidemiological surveys and accelerated longitudinal designs to understand the onset, course, and offset of risky behaviours during key developmental transitions.

Micro-longitudinal Studies
In order to understand when and why different behaviours occur, we need to directly observe those behaviours in their natural contexts. Micro-longitudinal studies use a variety of technologies, including smartphone-based surveys, passive digital monitoringm and wearable biosensors, to understand behaviours as they unfold in real-time and in real life. Dr. Turner is currently involved in several projects examining the social, cognitive and emotional contexts that increase risk for suicidal and nonsuicidal self-injury during and following psychiatric treatment in both youth and adults.


University of Victoria Internal Research/Creative Project Grants (2017-2018) Using mobile technologies to understand intentional self-harm in youth Principal Investigator: $9,910.43

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Development Grant (2017-2019) Testing a novel person-context model of risk-taking behaviours in first-year undergraduates Principal Investigator: $74,841.00

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Behavioral and Integrative Treatment Development (R01) (2016-2021) Preventing Addiction Related Suicide (PARS) – Controlled Trial of Secondary Suicide Prevention Consultant: $25,000 sub-award (Total grant value: $2,845,581)

Honours & Awards

University of Washington School of Medicine 2015 Director’s Prize: The Nancy Robinson, PhD, Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement by a Psychology Resident

Military Suicide Research Consortium 2015 Student Research Training Day Travel Award

International Society for the Study of Self-injury 2016 Conference Travel Award