Ryan Hill, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-826-4885

Contact Information

1102 Bates Ave
Suite C.0235.05
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Assistant Professor

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Florida International University PhD Doctor of Philosophy in Pscyhology 2016
University of Texas Health Science Center internship 2016
Florida International University masters Masters of Science in Psychology 2014


My research focuses on the prevention of suicide-related behaviors among adolescent and emerging adult populations. In particular, I focus on prevention among bereaved youth and youth in the LGBTQ+ community. My work places a special emphasis on the efficient use of limited mental health resources in order maximize their potential impact. By developing technology-centered mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs, this research aims to support clinicians, school counselors, and supportive community leaders in their efforts to improve youth mental health and well-being. Most recently this work has led to the development of the LEAD program, a web-based mental health promotion and suicide prevention program that teaches youth skills for increasing belongingness and reducing perceptions of being a burden on others.  

My secondary line of research focuses on refining screening and identification approaches to more efficiently deliver mental health resources and prevention to youth most in need. This work includes an advanced screening program that identifies adolescents at-risk for suicidal thoughts via brief, computer-adaptive risk assessment. The goal of this work is to aid clinicians and counselors in identifying at risk youth and directing them to appropriate care. 


Organization Name Role
American Association of Suicidology Member
American Psychological Association Member

Selected Publications

Hill, R. M., Oosterhoff, B., & Kaplow, J. B. (in press).  Prospective identification of adolescent suicidal ideation using classification tree analysis: Models for community-based screening. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Hill, R. M., Mellick, W., Temple, J. R., & Sharp, C. (2017). The role of bullying in depressive symptoms from adolescence to emerging adulthood: A growth mixture model. Journal of Affective Disorders 207(1), 1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.09.007.

Hill, R. M. & Pettit, J. W. (2016). Pilot randomized controlled trial of LEAP: A program to reduce adolescent perceived burdensomeness. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1188705.

Hill, R. M., Yaroslavsky, I., & Pettit, J. W. (2015). Enhancing depression screening to identify college students at risk for persistent depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders 174, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2014.11.025.

Hill, R. M. & Pettit, J. W. (2014).  Perceived burdensomeness and suicide-related behaviors in clinical samples: Current evidence and future directions. Journal of Clinical Psychology 70(7), 631-643. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22071.