Texas Tech University

Kelly Cukrowicz, Ph.D.


Email: kelly.cukrowicz@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8485

Office: 216, Lab: 154A-B, 154E-F

Ph.D., Florida State University, 2005

Licensed Psychologist - Texas

Web site:

Dr. Cukrowicz will be reviewing applications for the 2020-2021 class

Cukrowicz, Kelly

Honors and Awards

2017 - Nancy J. Bell Excellence in Mentoring Award, Texas Tech University Graduate School, Texas Tech University

2016 - College of Arts & Sciences Excellence in Research Award – Social Sciences, Texas Tech University

2016 - Barnie E. Rushing, Jr. Faculty Distinguished Research Award (Social Sciences, Humanities, Creative Arts disciplines), Texas Tech University

2014 - Edwin S. Shneidman Award for early career research contributions to the field of suicidology, American Association of Suicidology

2013- 2014 - Presidential Leadership Institute, Texas Tech University


  • The interests of lab members are diverse, including the interpersonal theory, disclosure of suicide risk, disclosure of stigmatized identities, suicide risk in those with a history of sexual trauma, and suicide risk in older adults and those who live in rural communities. We hope that the research we do will improve prevention and treatment strategies and help save lives. An overview of some of our projects is available at the lab website linked above under the Research link.
  • I am interested in the treatment of mood disorders, self injury and suicidal behavior, anxiety disorders, and older individuals. I utilize primarily cognitive behavior therapy and other empirically supported treatments in my clinical work and supervision.



  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- “Suicide Risk in Rural Adults: A Comprehensive Model of Risk”

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- “A Pilot Study of Suicide Assessment in Rural Adults”

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Interpersonal Vulnerability in Older Caucasian Males: An Examination of the Role of Perceived Burdensomeness
Selected Research:
  • Brown, S. L., Mitchell, S. M., Roush, J. F., LaRosa, N. L., & Cukrowicz, K. C. (2019). Rejection sensitivity and suicide ideation among psychiatric inpatients: An integration of two theoretical models. Psychiatry Research, 272, 54-60. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2018.12.009

  • Mitchell, S. M., Brown, S. L., Roush, J. F., Bolaños, A. D., Morgan, R. D., & Cukrowicz, K. C. (2019). Do criminal associates impact psychiatric inpatients' social support and interpersonal needs? Death Studies, 43, 535-54. doi:10.1080/07481187.2018.1493003

  • Mitchell, S. M., Cukrowicz, K. C., Roush, J. F., Brown, S. L., Alquist, J. L., Bolaños, A. D., Morgan, R. D., & Poindexter, E. K. (2019). Thwarted interpersonal needs and suicide ideation distress among psychiatric inpatients: The moderating role of criminal associates. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, 63, 2138-2156doi:10.1177/0306624X19842027

  • Roush, J. F., Brown, S. L., Mitchell, S. M., & Cukrowicz, K. C. (2019). Experiential avoidance, cognitive fusion, and suicide ideation among psychiatric inpatients: The role of thwarted interpersonal needs. Psychotherapy Research, 29, 514-523. doi:10.1080/10503307.2017.1395923

  • Mitchell, S. M., Brown, S. L., Roush, J. F., Tucker, R. P., Cukrowicz, K. C., & Joiner, T. E. (2019). The Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire: Statistical considerations for improved clinical application. Assessment. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1177/1073191118824660


Graduate Courses:

  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
  • Introduction to Psychotherapeutic Intervention and Management
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology

Undergraduate Course:

  • Abnormal Psychology