Standley's research interests lie at the intersection of community psychology, public health, and policy. Standley's research broadly focuses on equitable community and systems change through the use of data and evaluation. Standley's overarching themes in writings are the application of community psychology in studying suicide and its prevention, particularly in terms of policy change and community-level approaches to prevention. Standley was appointed by Governor Whitmer to serve on Michigan’s State Suicide Prevention Commission, and is also a member of the National Public Policy Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
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Discusses using community psychology values to foster state-level policy change through recent examples of research-informed legislation and youth engagement in advocacy in Michigan.
Finds that youth with intersecting marginalized identities report greater rates of suicidality, and finds that family, school, and community social support can be a protective factor against suicide among youth.
Discusses social identity and its relation to suicide risk. Reviews the literature on these topics. Highlights importance of paying attention to the unique experiences of youth through the study of intersectionality and using socioecological models in our research moving forward.
Discusses how advocacy and prevention work can aid in healing after a suicide loss.
Finds youth with multiple marginalized identities are at increased risk for suicide. Finds social support serves as a protective factor for suicide among youth.