Suicide Prevention Program


Suicide Prevention Program 

Why Do People Kill Themselves?: Advancing Suicide Prevention Through Science and Practice

Thursday, March 28 - 10:00 am - 3:30 pm 

This special interactive day long program featuring presentations and an interactive panel discussion by leading experts will focus on innovative research and clinical topics on suicide prevention.


Suicide is a top public health problem faced by our society today. 

Within the past decade, we have witnessed growing awareness of the scope of this problem in the media, as well as research and educational domains. At the 2019 annual conference, for the first time, ADAA will host a special pre-conference program focused on innovation in suicide prevention. The aim of this program will be to share cutting-edge research and clinical initiatives aimed to improve the understanding of why people die by suicide and what can be done to begin reducing suicidal thoughts and behaviors now and on a large scale. Leaders from scientific, clinical, and advocacy realms will present and discuss their work in diverse areas, ranging from neuroscience and genomics to digital health and big data to dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments to key funding priorities.

This original program will be geared toward both researchers and practitioners, with the goal of attendees coming away with stimulating, practical, and concrete new knowledge about state-of-the-art progress and priorities in the area of suicide prevention.


Meet our invited speakers:

Brent, David Headshot_0.jpgDavid Brent, MD
Academic Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology & Clinical Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, Services for Teens at Risk (STAR)

BryanC photo_0.jpgCraig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, The University of Utah



Gibbons, Robert headshot_0_0.jpgRobert D. Gibbons, PhD
Blum-Riese Professor of Biostatistics, 
Departments of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
University of Chicago


Glenn, Cassie Headshot_0.jpgCatherine (Cassie) Glenn, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

Kourner, Kelly Headshot_0.jpgKelly Koerner, PhD
Creative Director, Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC
Adjunct Clinical Faculty, University of Washington


Moutier, Christine Headshot_0.jpgChristine Moutier, MD
Chief Medical Officer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)


Pearson, Jane Headshot_0.jpgJane L. Pearson, PhD
Program Chief, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)



Shireen-1_0.jpgShireen L. Rizvi, PhD, ABPP
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers University


smoller headshot_0.jpgJordan W. Smoller, MD, ScD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School 
Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health


Whiteside, Ursula Headshot_0.jpgUrsula Whiteside, PhD
Clinical Faculty at the University of Washington



Kate-Bentley_0.pngKate Bentley, PhD
Clinical and Research Fellow in Psychology at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Program


Nock-Matt.pngMatthew K. Nock, PhD
Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University
Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Program


An additional thank you to Luana Marques, PhD for helping organize this program along with Kate Bentley, PhD and Matthew K. Nock, PhD.


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