David A. Brent, M.D.

Academic Chief, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Professor of Child Psychiatry, Epidemiology & Clinical Translational Science
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
Director, Services for Teens At Risk (STAR-Center)
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC

Dr. Brent's work has focused on the identification of risk factors for adolescent depression and suicidal behavior, and on the translation of those findings into clinical interventions. Along with many other colleagues, Dr. Brent helped to establish the role of cognitive therapy as a treatment for depressed adolescents and developed guidelines for the management of treatment resistant depression. Dr. Brent and colleagues have endeavored to understand possible intermediate phenotypes for suicidal behavior and mechanisms by which suicidal behavior is transmitted from parent to child. 

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Alan Apter, M.D.

Schneider’s Children's Medical Center of Israel
Tel Aviv University School of Medicine
Out of Touch and out of Reach: Detecting and Finding Suicidal Patients who Find it Difficult to Disclose


Joan Asarnow, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) David Geffen School of Medicine
Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavior
Preventing Suicide Attempts and Deaths:  Treatment Strategies and Outcomes with Suicidal Youths


Boris Birmaher, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
What have Observational Studies taught us about the Emergence and Course of Bipolar Disorder (BP) Among Youth?


Jeffrey Bridge, Ph.D.

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Neurocognitive Correlates and Predictors of Youth Suicidal Behavior


Oscar Bukstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Clinical Consultation:  Substance Abuse and Suicide


John Campo, M.D.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Collaborative Care and Adolescent Suicide Prevention


Greg Clarke, Ph.D.

Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research
Suicidal Ideation in Depressed Youth with Insomnia Starting a New Antidepressant:  A Randomized Trial Comparing CBT for Insomnia and a Sleep Hygiene Control Condition


Robert Gibbons, Ph.D.

University of Chicago
Computerized Adaptive Testing: An Efficient and Accurate Method of Screening for Suicide Risk


Tina Goldstein, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Toward Reducing Suicidal Risk in Youth with Bipolar Disorder


Ian Goodyer, M.D.

Cambridge University
Brain Structure, Child Experiences, and Emerging Mental Illness in Adolescence


Madelyn Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H.

New York State Psychiatric Institute
Columbia University Medical Center
Where do Suicide Hotlines fit into a System of Care for Suicidal Individuals?


Sami Hamdan, Ph.D.

Academic College of Tel Aviv – Jaffa
Sleep and Suicidal Behavior in Adolescents


J. David Hawkins, Ph.D.

University of Washington
Reducing Risk for Suicide in Families, Schools and Communities


Marcel Just, Ph.D.

Carnegie Mellon University
Imaging Concepts in the Suicidal Mind:  Neurosemantic Probes of Suicidal Risk


Betsy Kennard, Psy.D.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Clinical Consultation:  Setting up an intensive Outpatient Program for Suicidal Youth


Jae-Won Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Seoul National University College of Medicine
Suicide Prevention and Intervention in Different Cultural Setting:  Adaptation of Interventions at STAR for Korean Youth at Risk for Suicide


Cheryl King, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry
University of Michigan
Connecting Suicidal College Students to Care


Fadi Maalouf, M.D.

American University of Beirut
Neurocognitive Markers of Depression in Youth


J. John Mann, M.D.

Columbia University / New York State Psychiatric Institute
Mapping Neural Circuitry of Risk and Resilience for Mood Disorders and Suicidal Behavior


Nadine Melhem, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Biomarkers in the HPA Axis and Inflammatory Pathways for Suicidal Behavior in Youth 


Matthew Nock, Ph.D.

Harvard University
Beyond the Usual Suspects: Novel Approaches to Suicide Risk Assessment


Lisa Pan, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Metabolomics and Treatment Resistant Depression: Search for Novel Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tools


Kimberly Poling, LCSW

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center / Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Co-presenter - Clinical Consultation:  Setting up an intensive Outpatient Program for Suicidal Youth


Tony Spirito, Ph.D.

Alpert Medical School of Brown University
The Impossible Dream: Treatment Approaches for the Most Challenging Suicidal Adolescents


Gustavo Turecki, M.D., Ph.D.

McGill University
McGill Group for Suicide Studies
Early-life Adversity, Epigenetic Regulation and Suicide Risk


Robin Weersing, Ph.D.

San Diego State University / University of California San Diego
Brief Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression:  A Transdiagnostic Approach for Treating Internalizing Problems in Pediatric Settings


Holly Wilcox, Ph.D.

Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine and Public Health
The Good Behavior Game: A Cost-Effective Method for Long-Term Suicide Prevention



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