Chris Merchant
Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5884
Suicidal ideation and depression among adolescents and young adults; identity development in young adulthood
Courses Taught
Abnormal Psychology (Psych 340)
Psychology of Personality (Psych 330)
Senior Seminar
General Psychology
Psychosocial Advocacy for Developmental Maladjustment
The Performative Self (in Science Technology Engineering Arts & Math Curriculum
Research Interests
Identity development among young adults; Depression; Suicidal ideation; Interpersonal connectedness; Internet use; Social networking

Ph.D. from University of Michigan
B.S. in Psychology from Morehouse College

Selected Publications

Erber, M., Rueckert, L., Dykema-Engblade, A., Merchant, C., & Cuevas, L. (2015). Collaborative and active learning strategies promote critical thinking across psychology curriculum. Presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association-Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Chicago, IL.

Merchant, C., Erber, M., Rueckert, L., Adams, S., & Polyashuk, Y. (2014). Cyber peer-led team learning in a statistics and research methods class. Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Teaching of Psychology, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2014.

Ghaziuddin, N, Merchant, C.R., Dopp, R., & King, C.A (2014).  A naturalistic study of suicidal adolescents treated with an SSRI: Suicidal ideation and behavior during 3-month post-hospitalization period.  Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 11, 13-19.

King, C.A., Kerr, D.C., Passrelli, M.N., Ewell-Foster, C., & Merchant, C.R. (2010). One-year follow up of suicidal adolescents: Parent history of mental health problems and time to post-hospitalization attempt, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, DOI 10.1007/s10964-009-9480-2.

Merchant, C.R., Kramer, A., Joe, S., Venkataraman, S., & King, C.A. (2009).  Predictors of multiple suicide attempts among suicidal Black adolescents, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 39(2), 115-124.

King, C.A., & Merchant, C.R. (2008).  Social and interpersonal factors relating to adolescent suicidality: A review of the literature, Archives of Suicide Research, 12(3), 181-196.

Room BBH 307 D
Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5884
Office Hours
By appointment.
Main Campus
University Center Lake County