2009 Suicide Prevention Conference

Featured Speakers:

The 2009 Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention Conference will include plenary presentations by the following nationally known leaders in the field of suicide prevention.

Dr. Thomas Joiner

Dr. Thomas Joiner grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Distinguished Research Professor and The Bright-Burton Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions.

Author of over 385 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Joiner was recently awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Fellowship. He was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and received the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Shakow Award for Early Career Achievement from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Shneidman Award for excellence in suicide research from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association, as well as research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health and various foundations.

Dr. Joiner is on the Board of Advisors for the magazine Men’s Health, and appears in the magazine multiple times per year in the “Ask the Experts” section. He is editor of the American Psychological Association’s Clinician’s Research Digest, editor of the Journal of Social & Clinical Psychology, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, and he has authored or edited fifteen books, including Why People Die By Suicide, published in 2005 by Harvard University Press, and Myths and Misunderstandings About Suicidal Behavior, in press, also with Harvard University Press.

Largely in connection with Why People Die By Suicide, he has made numerous radio, print, and television appearances, including write-ups in The Wall Street Journal, Men’s Health, and The Times of London, a radio interview on the Leonard Lopate Show in New York, and two appearances on the Dr. Phil Show. He runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife and two sons.

Catherine Barber, MPA

Catherine Barber, MPA, directs public health practice activities at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. She led the effort to design and test the pilot for what is now the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. She co-founded the National Center for Suicide Prevention Training and currently directs the Means Matter campaign, an effort to educate state leaders in the suicide prevention movement about reducing a suicidal person’s access to lethal means. Ms. Barber previously served as project director for a study on depression and workplace performance at the Harvard Medical School and co-edited the book, For Shelter and Beyond, a manual on the politics and practice of the battered women's shelter movement. Her Masters in Public Administration is from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

Janet Kemp, RN, PhD

Janet Kemp, RN, PhD has 20 years experience working with veterans. She currently is the Associate Director for Education and Training at the VISN 2 Center of Excellence (COE) in Canandaigua, NY having recently transferred from a similar position at the VISN 19 Mental Illness, Research and Education Clinical Center. She also serves as the VA National Suicide Prevention Coordinator. In her COE role she is responsible for providing provider and patient education in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention, current assessment and treatment strategies and new findings in the area of suicide and assisting the Center Director in the implementation of Suicide Prevention Programs throughout the VA system. In the National Suicide Prevention Coordinator Lead position Dr. Kemp directs and advises the suicide prevention coordinators at each local VA and is the national program manager for the VA Suicide Hotline. Dr. Kemp has done extensive qualitative research in the area of war experiences and effects. Her current projects include suicide attempt and completion database development as well as studies involving veteran suicide attempt experiences and the experiences of veterans with traumatic brain injuries who have attempted suicide. Recent publications and presentations include work on women veteran experiences and suicide prevention / risk assessment.

Other Presenters include:

Show Me You Care About Suicide Prevention is co-sponsored by:
Department of Mental Health
Lincoln University
University of Missouri

Highlights from the 2008 Suicide Prevention Conference: Visit the 2008 Conference page to find presentations and other information from the 2008 conference.

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