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Assistant Professor of School Psychology

MEH 122



Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mississippi State University, 2017

Doctoral Internship, Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, 2016

Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Ball State University, 2016

M.A., Educational Psychology, Ball State University, 2012

B.G.S w/ Honors, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Indiana University South Bend, 2010



Christopher Drapeau is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education, serving as a faculty member in the graduate M.Ed./Ed.S. School Psychology Program. He completed his doctoral training at Ball State University, where he specialized in school psychology, clinical neuropsychology, and counseling psychology. Christopher completed an APA-accredited doctoral internship in the Psychological Services Department at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD, where he also specialized in parent management training (PMT). During his postdoctoral fellowship at Mississippi State University, he specialized in behavioral sleep medicine and provided mid-level supervision to Clinical Psychology doctoral students providing PMT services.


Representative Conference Presentations

Drapeau, C. W. (2017). Posttraumatic growth in suicide bereavement: Potential contributors and clinical implications. Paper presented at the 3rd annual Indiana Suicide Prevention Conference, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN.

Drapeau, C. W., Muehlenkamp, J. J., Quinn-Lee, L., Underwood, M., Cross, W., Quinnett, P., & Gutierrez, P. M. (2017). Innovating gatekeeper trainings: Incorporating peer educators, postvention and cultural competencies, active learning strategies, and novel evaluative methods. Symposium presented at the 50th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, Phoenix, AZ.

Nadorff, M. R., Drapeau, C. W., Winer, E. S., & Kilgore, J. K. (2017).  Nightmares and insomnia symptoms prospectively predict the development of suicidal ideation. Poster presented at SLEEP 2017: The 31st annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Boston, MA.

Drapeau, C. W., Nadorff, M. R., Pierson, E. E., & Winer, E. S. (2016). Psychological pain and suicide risk: Exploring perceived burdensomeness and low belongingness as potential mediators. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, Chicago, IL.

Hernández Finch, M., Drapeau, C. W., Finch, W. H., & Bishop, J. A. (2015). Enhancing pre-service educators’ suicide prevention gatekeeper training with culturally responsive motivational interviewing foundational skills. Paper presented at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL.


Representative Publications

TED TALK: – Perceived differences can blind us to opportunities to help one another. These perceptions can also make it harder for us to instill hope within those thinking about suicide. Listen to this presentation to hear one perspective on how taking the risk of reaching out to a stranger in distress can lead to positive outcomes for us and the person in crisis, who may be close to ending their life.
Nadorff, M. R., Drapeau, C. W., & Pigeon, W. R. (2017).  Psychiatric illness and sleep in older adults: Comorbidity and opportunities for intervention. Sleep Medicine Clinics. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jsmc.2017.09.008

Drapeau, C. W., & Nadorff, M. R. (2017). Suicidality in sleep disorders: Prevalence, impact and management strategies. Nature and Science of Sleep, 9, 213-226 doi:10.2147/NSS.S125597

Drapeau, C. W., Cerel, J., & Moore, M. (2016). How personality, coping styles, and perceived closeness influence help-seeking attitudes in suicide-bereaved adults. Death Studies, 40, 165-171. doi:10.1080/07481187.2015.1107660

Winer, E. S., Drapeau, C. W., Veilleux, J., & Nadorff, M. R. (2016). Anhedonia, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts in a large student sample. Archives of Suicide Research, 20, 265-272. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1025119

Drapeau, C. W., & DeBrule, D. S. (2013).  The relationship of hypomania, creativity, and suicidal ideation in undergraduates. Creativity Research Journal, 25, 75-79. doi:10.1080/10400419.2013.752231


Research Interests

Dr. Drapeau’s research program focuses on understanding the etiology of suicide and identifying variables and interventions that can lead to positive outcomes for those at risk. Current research projects are focused on understanding how psychological pain and sleep disorders impact suicide risk, identifying predictors of posttraumatic growth in suicide loss and suicide attempt survivors, and improving outcomes of gatekeeper training via the incorporation of behavioral rehearsal strategies and refresher trainings.

Click here to learn about the BattleAdversity lab at Valparaiso University.


Clinical and Teaching Interests

Interests include assessment, behavioral sleep medicine, biological psychology (teaching), parent management training, and suicide risk assessment.


Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Suicidology
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • Sleep Research Society
  • Trainers of School Psychologists
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