Michael Kral

Michael Kral

Associate Professor

313-577-8109

michael.kral@wayne.edu

Michael Kral

Biography

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

 SUBSTANTIVE AREA EXPERTISE

  • Suicide
  • Indigenous mental health/well-being
  • Community-based participatory action research
 
METHODS EXPERTISE
  • 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

Grand Challenges Project

Reducing Suicide Among the Inuit
To inform national and community-based suicide prevention efforts, Kral studied stress and resilience among the Inuit to identify protective and risk factors for suicide and social isolation. With $1.4 million from the National Science Foundation, he led a community-based participatory action study of youth aged 13 to 19 in five Indigenous Arctic communities across Siberia, Alaska, Nunavut Canada, and northern Norway, concluding that resilience is social and ecological and rooted in the relationships youth have with family and peers. More recently, Kral interviewed Inuit adults about youth resilience and well-being and the future of Inuit youth. He found that Inuit spoke of youth living in a very different world from their parents and grandparents. Learn more

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