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Michael Kral

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Associate Professor
313-577-8109 (Phone)

Michael Kral is a clinical-community-cultural psychologist and medical anthropologist. He has been conducting community-based participatory action research with Inuit in Arctic Canada for over 20 years on suicide, suicide prevention, kinship, culture change, and youth resilience. Some of this research has also been with Indigenous peoples in Siberia, Alaska, and northern Norway. His current research is with Native American youth, in the Czech Republic with Roma (Gypsy) people, and collaborative studies on suicide and bullying and on the mental health of mental health professionals. He has co-edited four books and special issue of a journal, the books including Suicide in Canada, About Psychology: Essays at the Crossroads of History, Theory, and Philosophy, and Critical Suicidology: Transforming Suicide Research and Prevention for the 21st Century. He is finishing his book The Return of the Sun: Suicide and Social Transformation among Inuit in Arctic Canada.

Degrees and Certifications
  • Ph.D., Medical Anthropology, McGill University
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Guelph
Teaching Interests
  • Culture and mental health
  • Ethnography
  • Community-based participatory action research
  • Suicide
  • Collaborative community ethnography
Areas of Expertise


  • Suicide
  • Indigenous mental health/well-being
  • Community-based participatory action research
  • Qualitative
  • Ethnographic
Office Location
5447 Woodward Avenue, office number 036
Courses Taught

SW 6991 Understanding Suicide

SW 8048 Social Action Research and Evaluation

SW 8115 Application of DSM Assessment System in Social Work Practice

SW 9520 Applied Clinical Social Work Practice II