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Dr. Thomas Joiner

University of Texas, Austin, 1993

Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology

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Dr. Joiner will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2018 admission.

Research Interests

The nature, causes, and management of suicidal behavior and related disorders (e.g., eating disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders).

Current Research

Further refinement and empirical tests of the interpersonal theory of suicidal behavior; understanding and preventing suicidal behavior in military and other settings.

Selected Publications


Joiner, T. E. (in press). The perversion of virtue: Understanding murder-suicide. New York: Oxford University Press.

Joiner, T. E. (2011). Lonely at the top: The high cost of men’s success. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Joiner, T. E. (2010). Myths about suicide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Joiner, T. E. (2005). Why people die by suicide. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.


Ribeiro, J. D., Buchman, J., Bender, T. W.,Nock, M., Rudd, M., Bryan, C., Lim, I., Baker, M., Knight, C., Gutierrez, P., & Joiner, T. E. (in press). An investigation of the interactive effects of the acquired capability for suicide and acute agitation on suicidality in a military sample.Depression and Anxiety.

Hawkins, K.,Hames, J. L., Ribeiro, J. D., Silva, C.,Cougle, J., & Joiner, T. E. (in press). An examination of the relationship between anger and suicidal ideation through the lens of the interpersonal theory of suicide.Journal of Psychiatric Research.

Ribeiro, J. D., Witte, T., Van Orden, K. Selby, E. A., Gordon, K., Bender, T, & Joiner, T. E. (in press). Fearlessness about death: The psychometric properties and construct validity of the revision to the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale.Psychological Assessment.

Rudd, M.D., Schmitz, W., McClenen, R., Joiner, T. E., Elkins, G., & Claassen, C. (in press). The Suicide Cognitions Scale: A suicide-specific measure of hopelessness.Psychological Assessment.

Smith, A. R.,Joiner, T. E., &Dodd, D. R.(in press). Examining implicit attitudes toward emaciation and thinness in anorexia nervosa.International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Bender, T. W., Anestis, M., Anestis, J.,Gordon, K., & Joiner, T. E. (in press). Affective and behavioral paths toward the acquired capability for suicide.Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology.

Smith, A. R., Silva, C., Covington, D. W., & Joiner, T. E. (2014). An assessment of suicide-related knowledge and skills among health professionals. Health Psychology, 33(2), 110-119.

Sachs-Ericsson, N.,Hames, J. L., Joiner, T. E.,Corsentino, E., Rushing, N. C.,Palmer, E., Gotlib, I.,Selby, E. A., Zarit, S., & Steffens, D.C. (2014). Differences between suicide attempters and non-attempters in depressed older patients: Depression severity, cognitive functioning, and white matter lesions.American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22(1), 75-85.

Hames, J. L., Hagan, C. R.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). Interpersonal processes in depression.Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 355-377.

Sachs-Ericsson, N.,Corsentino, E., Moxley, J., Hames, J. L., Collins, N., Sawyer, K.,Joiner, T. E.,Selby, E. A.,Zarit, S., Gotlib, I., & Steffens, D. C. (2013). A longitudinal study of differences in late and early onset geriatric depression: Depressive symptoms and psychosocial, cognitive, and neurological functioning.Aging & Mental Health, 17(1), 1-11.

Selby, E. A., Ribeiro, J. D.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). What dreams may come: Emotional cascades and nightmares in borderline personality disorder.Dreaming, 23(2), 126-144.

Bernert, R. A., Timpano, K. R.,Peterson, C. B., Crow, S. J., Bardone-Cone, A. M., le Grange, D., Klein, M., Crosby, R. D., Mitchell,J. E., Wonderlich, S. A., & Joiner, T. E. (2013). Eating disorder and obsessive-compulsive symptoms in a sample of bulimic women: Perfectionism as a mediating factor.Personality and Individual Differences, 54(2), 231-235.

Bodell, L. P.,Joiner, T. E., & Keel, P. K. (2013). Comorbidity-independent risk for suicidality increases with bulimia nervosa but not with anorexia nervosa.Journal of Psychiatric Research,47(5), 617-621.

Brownstone, L. M., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Printz, K. S., Le Grange, D., Mitchell, J. E., Crow, S. J., Peterson, C. B., Crosby, R. D., Klein, M. H., Wonderlich, S. A., & Joiner, T. E. (2013). Subjective and objective binge eating in relation to eating disorder symptomatology, negative affect, and personality dimensions.International Journal of Eating Disorders, 46(1), 66-76.

Brownstone, L. M., Fitzsimmons-Craft, E. E., Wonderlich, S. A., Joiner, T. E., Le Grange, D., Mitchell, J. E., Crow, S. J., Peterson, C. B., Crosby, R. D., Klein, M. H., & Bardone-Cone, A. M. (2013). Hard exercise, affect lability, and personality among individuals with bulimia nervosa.Eating Behaviors, 14(4), 413-419.

Chu, C., Buchman-Schmitt, J M.., Michaels, M. S., Ribeiro, J. D.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). Discussing disgust: The role of disgust with life in suicide.International Journal of Cognitive Therapy,6(3), 235-247.

Dutton, G. R.,Bodell, L. P., Smith, A. R.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). Examination of the relationship between obesity and suicidal ideation.International Journal of Obesity, 37(9), 1282-1286.

Fink, E., Smith, A. R., Bodell, L. P.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). The joint influence of disordered eating and anxiety sensitivity on the acquired capability for suicide.Cognitive Therapy & Research, 37(5), 934-940.

Ribeiro, J. D., Bodell, L. P., Hames, J. L., Hagan, C. R.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). An empirically-based approach to the assessment and management of suicidal behavior.Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 23(3), 207-221.

Selby, E. A.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). Emotional cascades as prospective predictors of dysregulated behaviors in borderline personality disorder.Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 4(2), 168-174.

Smith, A. R., Fink, E. L., Anestis, M. D., Ribeiro, J. D., Gordon, K. H.,Davis, H., Keel, P. K., Bardone-Cone, A. M., Peterson, C. B., Klein, M. H., Crow, S., Mitchell, J. E., Crosby, R. D., Wonderlich, S. A., le Grange, D., & Joiner, T. E. (2013). Exercise caution: Over-exercise is associated with suicidality among individuals with disordered eating.Psychiatry Research, 206(2-3), 246-255.

Smith, A. R.,Hames, J. L.,& Joiner, T. E. (2013). Status update: Maladaptive Facebook usage predicts increases in body dissatisfaction and bulimic symptoms.Journal of Affective Disorders, 149(1-3), 235-240.

Ward, A., Bender, T. W., Gordon, K. H.,Nock, M. K., Joiner, T. E., &Selby, E.A.(2013). Post-therapy functional impairment as a treatment outcome measure in non-suicidal self-injury disorder using archival data.Personality and Mental Health, 7(1), 69-79.

York, J., Lamis, D. A., Friedman, L., Berman, A. L., Joiner, T. E., McIntosh, J. L., Silverman, M. M., Konick, L., Gutierrez, P. M., & Pearson, J. (2013). A systematic review process to evaluate suicide prevention programs: A sample case of community-based programs.Journal of Community Psychology, 41(1), 35-51.

Anestis, M. D.,Silva, C., Lavender, J. M.,Crosby, R. D., Wonderlich, S. A., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Predicting nonsuicidal self-injury episodes over a discrete period of time in a sample of women diagnosed with bulimia nervosa: An analysis of self-reported trait and ecological momentary assessment based affective lability and previous suicide attempts. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45(6), 808-811.

Anestis, M.D.,Fink, E. L., Bender, T .W., Selby, E. A., Smith, A. R., Witte, T. K.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Re-considering the association between negative urgency and suicidality.Personality and Mental Health,6(2), 138-146.

Anestis, M. D.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Behaviorally-indexed distress tolerance and suicidality. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(6), 703-707.

Anestis, M. D., Lavender, J. M., Marshall-Berenz, E. C., Gratz, K. L., Tull, M. T., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Evaluating distress tolerance measures: Interrelations and associations with impulsive behaviors.Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36(6), 593-602.

Bodell L. P.,Joiner T. E., & Ialongo N. S. (2012). Longitudinal association between childhood impulsivity and bulimic symptoms in African-American adolescent girls. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80(2), 313-316.

Bodell, L. P., Hames, J. L., Holm-Denoma, J., Smith, A. R., Gordon, K.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Does the stress generation hypothesis apply to eating disorders?: An examination of stress generation in eating, depressive, and anxiety symptoms.Journal of Affective Disorders, 142(1-3), 139-142.

Buckner, J.,D., Joiner, T. E., Schmidt, N.B., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2012). Daily marijuana use and suicidality: The unique impact of social anxiety.Addictive Behaviors, 37(4), 387-392.

Capron, D. W., Fitch, K. F., Medley, A., Blagg, C., Mallott, M. M., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). The role of anxiety sensitivity subfactors in suicidal ideation and suicide attempt history.Depression & Anxiety, 29(3), 195-201.

Capron, D. W.,Cougle, J., R.Ribeiro, J. D.,Joiner, T. E., & Schmidt, N. B. (2012). An interactive model of anxiety sensitivity relevant to suicide attempt history and future suicidal ideation.Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(2), 174-180.

Cramer, R. J., Garza, M. J., Henderson, C. E., Ribeiro, J D.., Silva, C., Smith, A. R.,Joiner, T. E., & White, J. (2012). A trait-interpersonal perspective on suicide risk in criminal offenders.Archives of Suicide Research, 16(4), 334-347.

Hames, J. L., Ribeiro, J. D., Smith, A. R.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). An urge to jump affirms the urge to live: An empirical examination of the high place phenomenon.Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 1114-1120.

Hames, J. L., Selby, E. A., Werner, J., Bonds, L.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Recapturing the way history felt: Evaluating the invariance of the factor structure of emotion over two historical epochs.Personality & Individual Differences, 52(5), 652-655.

Hames, J. L.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Resiliency factors may differ as a function of self-esteem level: Efficacy of two types of positive self-statements following a laboratory stressor. Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, 31, 641-662.

Joiner, T. E.,Ribeiro, J. D., &Silva, C.(2012). Nonsuicidal self-injury, suicidal behavior, and their co-occurrence as viewed through the lens of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide.Current Directions in Psychological Science, 21(5), 342-347.

Ribeiro, J. D., Braithwaite, S. R., Pfaff, J. J., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Examining a brief suicide screening tool in older adults engaging in risky alcohol use.Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 42(4), 405-415.

Ribeiro, J. D., Pease, J. L., Gutierrez, P. M.,Silva, C.,Bernert, R. A., Rudd, D., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Sleep problems outperform depression and hopelessness as cross-sectional and longitudinal predictors of suicidal ideation and behavior in young adults in the military.Journal of Affective Disorders, 136(3), 743-750.

Sachs-Ericsson, N.,Selby, E. A., Corsentino, E., Collins, N., Sawyer, K., Hames, J. L.,Arce, D.,Joiner, T. E., & Steffens, D. C. (2012). Depressed older patients with the atypical features of interpersonal rejection sensitivity and reversed-vegetative symptoms are similar to younger atypical patients.American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20(7), 622-634.

Selby, E A.., Bender, T W.., Gordon, K. H.,Nock, M. K., & Joiner, T. E. (2012). Non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) disorder: A preliminary study.Personality Disorders: Theory, Research & Treatment, 3(2), 167-175.

Smith, A. R., Ribeiro, J. D., Mikolajewski, A.,Taylor, J., Joiner, T. E., & Iacono, W. G. (2012). An examination of environmental and genetic contributions to the determinants of suicidal behavior among male twins.Psychiatry Research, 197(1-2), 60-65.

Van Orden, K. A., Cukrowicz, K. C., Witte, T. K.,& Joiner, T. E. (2012). Thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness: Construct validity and psychometric properties of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire.Psychological Assessment, 24(1), 197-215.

Van Orden, K. A., Braithwaite, S., Anestis, M., Timmons, K. A.,Fincham, F., Joiner, T. E., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2012). An exploratory investigation of marital functioning and order of spousal onset in couples concordant for psychopathology.Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, 38(s1), 308-319.

Van Orden, K. A., Witte, T. K., Cukrowicz, K. C., Braithwaite, S. R., Selby, E. A.,& Joiner, T. E. (2010). The interpersonal theory of suicide.Psychological Review, 117(2), 575-600.


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