Zeruiah Buchanan

Zeruiah is passionate about addressing suicide prevention, postvention, and care in marginalized communities. Scholars have highlighted alarming increases in suicidal behavior and suicide among black youth. Zeruiah’s research will include exploring the unique causes and symptoms of suicide among black girls, destigmatizing suicidality nationally through culturally humble mechanisms, and promoting policies that will help prevent suicides across the nation.

As a black, queer, hard-of-hearing woman, Zeruiah assesses issues through a lens of intersectionality, equity, and humility. She understands that investigating illnesses requires exploration at all levels of the social-ecological model. Her research will prioritize actively listening to marginalized lived experiences to humanize data and policy.


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