Michael Kral

Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Wayne State University
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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.  Kral published two books in 2019: The Return of the Sun: Suicide and Social Transformation among Inuit in Arctic Canada (Oxford UP) and The Idea of Suicide: Imitation, Contagion, and Cultural Diffusion (Routledge).