Youth suicide; cultural meanings of suicide; cross-cultural studies; spirituality; meanings; art-based research/prevention; indigenous health; gender (suicide; Asian culture; India; traditonal/alternative healing; qualitative methodology; focus groups; narrative analysis; ethnography;)
After a Diploma in Education and a first class honours degree in clinical psychology in University of Padua, Italy, Ms Colucci worked as a researcher at The Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) at Griffith University, Brisbane. In 2003 she won the Australian International post-graduate research scholarships (UQIPRS and IPRS), which supported her PhD project “The cultural meaning of suicide: A comparison between Italian, Indian and Australian students” (submitted in November 2006) at The University of Queensland. Her project was awarded the 2004 UQ Travel Award and the 2005 Dr Helen Row–Zonta Memorial Prize (from Zonta International Club). In 2006, Ms Colucci was a visiting scholar in the Centre for the International Mental Health (CIMH), School of Population Health at The University of Melbourne where she currently works as Research Fellow. She is currently involved in a similar project to that of her doctoral thesis in North India and in the development of a suicide prevention plan in Sri Lanka. She has also a keen interest in spirituality and suicide and has held a series of seminars on youth suicide for the Department of Psychology at Padua University in Italy. Although Ms Colucci is still in the early phases of her academic career, she has already made an impact in this highly sensitive specialist area. She has presented about cultural aspects of suicide, spirituality and related topics internationally and has authored peer-reviewed journal papers and other publications on these topics. For instance, in late 2006 she published on the cultural facets of suicidal behaviour, an areas often neglected in the literature. She also has two papers on ethno-cultural aspects of youth suicide published in the journal ‘Suicide and Life Threatening Behaviour’ and another in press on religion/spirituality and suicide.
Her other main research interests are on indigenous suicide, the cul