Chelsey Wilks, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Clinical Psychology

Chelsey Wilks received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington, clinical internship from the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and post-doctoral training as Harvard University. She also completed an internship at Microsoft Research where she received applied training in human computer interaction. Dr. Wilks' research is at the intersection of clinical psychology, computer science, and public health with the goal of reducing self-destructive behaviors through the use of technology. She has received funding from the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and the Harvard Foundation of Human Behavior Initiative. 

Dr. Wilks' research lab focuses on the following:

  • Prevention and intervention of suicide
  • Technology delivered interventions
  • Just in time interventions
  • Emotion dysregulation
She employs methods for data science and human computer interaction to investigate these topics. Finally, Dr. Wilks has extensive research and clinical training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as the assessment and management of suicidal behavior. 
Dr. Wilks will NOT be accepting students for the fall of 2023.   


Selected Publications: 

Wilks, C. R., Lungu, A., Ang, S. Y., Matsumiya, B., Yin, Q., & Linehan, M. M. (2018). A randomized controlled trial of an Internet delivered dialectical behavior therapy skills training for suicidal and heavy episodic drinkers. Journal of affective disorders, 232, 219-228. 
Wilks, C. R., Valenstein-Mah, H., Tran, H., King, A. M., Lungu, A., & Linehan, M. M. (2017). Dialectical behavior therapy skills for families of individuals with behavioral disorders: Initial feasibility and outcomes. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 24(3), 288-295. 
Schroeder, J., Suh, J., Wilks, C., Czerwinski, M., Munson, S. A., Fogarty, J., & Althoff, T. (2020, May). Data-Driven Implications for Translating Evidence-Based Psychotherapies into Technology-Delivered Interventions. In Proceedings of the 14th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (pp. 274-287). 
Wilks, C. R., Auerbach, R. P., Alonso, J., Benjet, C., Bruffaerts, R., Cuijpers, P., ... & Kessler, R. C. (2020). The importance of physical and mental health in explaining health-related academic role impairment among college students. Journal of psychiatric research, 123, 54-61.  
Wilks, C. R., Chu, C., Sim, D., Lovell, J., Gutierrez, P., Joiner, T., ... & Nock, M. K. (2021). User engagement and usability of suicide prevention apps: systematic search in app stores and content analysis. JMIR formative research, 5(7). 
Ferguson, C., Lewis, R., Wilks, C., & Picard, R.  (2021) The Guardians: Designing a Game for Long-term Engagement with Mental Health Therapy.


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Curriculum Vitae

Wilks Lab