Duncan co-authors article for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development

ABERDEEN, S.D. - Dr. Kelly Duncan, dean of the Northern State University Millicent Atkins School of Education, has co-authored an article that was published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

The article, titled “Selecting Suicide Ideation Assessment Instruments: A Meta-Analytic Review,” was published last month.

Suicide ideation continues to be common in the U.S. and the ability to determine suicide risk continues to be of great concern in the mental health community. It is estimated that 25 percent of mental health professionals will experience a client suicide; thus, accurate identification of client risk is an essential step in the prevention and effective management of suicide ideation.

The authors utilized psychometric meta-analyses to review four suicidal ideation instruments commonly used among mental health counselors and practitioners. Meta-analysis allows researchers to synthesize research into a single, more comprehensive product. As a result of the analysis, the authors were able to make recommendations on use of standardized instruments.

A longtime educator and counselor, Duncan started at NSU in June 2015. She holds a Ph.D. in counselor education, a master’s in educational psychology and counseling, and a Bachelor of Science in business education, all from the University of South Dakota.

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