Raymond Tucker, Assistant Professor

photo of CalamiaOffice: 216 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Email: rtucker1@lsu.edu
View my lab webpage.

Dr. Tucker is currently accepting new students.

Research Interests

My research interest is broadly in the area of suicide prevention. I am particularly interested in novel etiological and maintaining factors of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts; the study of which enhances theoretical models of suicide as well as the clinical assessment and management of suicide risk. Projects in this area included behavioral markers of suicide risk (e.g., implicit associations to suicide stimuli and attentional bias toward pain-related stimuli), the Acute Suicidal Affective Disturbance (ASAD) proposed clinical entity, and drivers of suicide.

A parallel area of research investigates historical and current cultural factors that influence suicide risk and resilience in underrepresented populations. Much of this work has focused on ethnic and racial minority factors such as historical trauma in Indigenous communities and racial microaggressions in people of color. Current work also includes the impact of minority stressors and gender affirmation medical intervention on the maintenance of suicidal ideation in transgender veterans.    

DR.TUCKER conducts research in the field of suicide prevention with a specific focus on novel contributors to suicide risk and historical and current cultural factors that influence suicide risk and resilience in underrepresented populations (e.g., transgender veterans and ethnic/racial minority adults). Students can assist in multiple phases of this research, including literature searches, participant recruitment, survey and experiment development, statistical analysis, and dissemination (research posters and publications). Dr. Tucker’s research program is also active in online awareness campaigns. Responsible interested in suicide prevention are encouraged to contact Dr. Tucker at rtucker1@lsu.edu and visit his website for more information https://www.lsu.edu/hss/psychology/faculty/clinical/Tucker.php. 


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Minor: Quantitative Methods, Oklahoma State University, 2017

Predoctoral Clinical Internship, VA Puget Sound Health Care System (Seattle), 2016-2017

B.S., Psychology, Lawrence University, 2010

Representative Publications 

Etiological and Maintaining Factors of Suicide Risk

Tucker, R. P., Wingate, L. R., Burkley, M., & Wells, T. T. (in press). Implicit association with suicide as measured by the Suicide Affect Misattribution Procedure (S-AMP) predicts suicide ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Tucker, R. P., Michaels, M. S., Rogers, M. L., Wingate, L R., & Joiner, T. E. Jr. (2016). Construct validity of a proposed new diagnostic entity: Acute Suicidal Affective Disturbance (ASAD). Journal of Affective Disorders, 189, 365-378. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2015.07.049

Tucker, R. P., Crowley, K., Davidson, C. L., & Gutierrez, P. (2015). Risk factors, warning signs, and drivers of suicide: What are they, how do they differ, and why does it matter? Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 45(6), 679-689. doi:10.1111/sltb.12161

Theoretical Models of Suicide

Chu, C., Stanley, I. H., Hom, M. A., Buchman-Schmitt, J. M., Tucker, R. P., Hagan, C. R., Podlogar, M. P., Chiurliza, B., Moberg, F., Michaels, M. S., Patros, C. H. G., & Joiner T. E. (in press). The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: A systemic review and meta-analysis of a decade of cross-national research. Psychological Bulletin.

Tucker, R. P., O'Connor, R. C., & Wingate, L. R. (2016). An investigation of the relationship between rumination styles, hope, and suicide ideation through the lens of the Integrated Motivational-Volitional (IMV) model of suicidal behavior. Archives of Suicide Research. doi:10.1080/13811118.2016.1158682

Suicide Risk and Mental Health in Underrepresented Populations

Tucker, R. P., Wingate, L. R., O’Keefe, V. M., Hollingsworth, D. W., & Cole, A. B. (2016). An examination of the effect of historical loss thinking frequency and rumination on suicide ideation in a sample of American Indian young adults. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(2), 213-222. doi:10.1111/sltb.12185

Tucker, R. P., Wingate, L. R., & O’Keefe, V. M. (2015). Historical loss thinking and symptoms of depression are influenced by ethnic experience in American Indian adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22(3), 350-358. doi:10.1037/cdp0000055

Hollingsworth, D. W., Cole, A. B., O’Keefe, V. M., Tucker, R. P., Story, C. R., & Wingate, L. R. (in press). Experiencing racial microaggressions influences suicide ideation through perceived burdensomeness in African Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology.

O’Keefe, V. M., Wingate, L. R., Tucker, R. P., Rhoades-Kerswill, S., Slish, M. L., & Davidson, C. L. (2014). Interpersonal suicide risk for American Indians: Investigating thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(1), 61-67. doi:10.1037/a0033540