Motivation and Affect Regulation in Mental Health (MARG)

‘The role of cognitions in non-suicidal self-injury’

Associate Professor Penelope Hasking – Curtin University


Associate Professor Penelope Hasking’s work focuses on mental health in adolescents and young adults. Her primary interests are in the psychological, emotional, social, and cognitive factors that initiate and maintain non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among youth. She is President of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, the leading organisation promoting the understanding, prevention, and treatment of self-injury. As the Chair of the International Consortium on Self-Injury in Educational Contexts, she has led the development of international guidelines for addressing NSSI in schools and universities, and worked with international colleagues to promote advocacy and outreach for people who self-injure and those who care for them. In related work A/Prof Hasking is leading the Australian arm of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Mental Health Surveys – International College Student Initiative, which seeks to collect cross-national data on mental health of university students,
identifying unmet needs and linking students with appropriate mental health services.


While almost all theoretical models of NSSI focus on the importance of emotion regulation, recent work has highlighted the importance of NSSI-related cognitions in initiating and maintaining the behaviour. In this talk A/Prof Hasking will summarise some recent theoretical, psychometric, self-report, and experimental work incorporating beliefs about self-injury (NSSI expectancies), and beliefs about resisting urges to self-injure (self-efficacy) into furthering our understanding NSSI.

Thursday 24 October 2019 in JO.30.124 (4.00pm – 5.00pm)

Edith Cowan University