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Psychologists Available to Talk About Suicide

Experts can offer insight on trauma, suicide contagion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Contact: Jim Sliwa

(202) 336-5707 (office)

(301) 873-3129 (cell)

 jsliwa@apa.org

PSYCHOLOGISTS AVAILABLE TO TALK ABOUT SUICIDE

Experts can offer insight on trauma, suicide contagion

WHAT:

For reporters covering the recent suicides of two Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and the father of a Sandy Hook victim, these psychologists are available to discuss issues associated with suicide, including underlying causes (such as trauma or suicide contagion), risk factors and assessment and treatment of at-risk individuals.

WHO:

Nadine Kaslow, PhD
Atlanta
Contact: Elizabeth Johnson, Emory University Media Relations
Work: (404) 778-3576
Email: emjohnson@emory.edu    

Expertise: Former APA president and professor and chief psychologist at Emory University School of Medicine, Kaslow is a researcher and clinician who can talk extensively about assessing and treating people who are suicidal, as well as preventing suicide and helping families and communities grieve after a death by suicide.

Joel Dvoskin, PhD
Tucson, Arizona
Cell: (520) 906-0366
Email: JoelDvoskin@gmail.com
Website: www.joeldvoskin.com/

Expertise: Dvoskin is a licensed clinical psychologist. One of his specializations is in assessing and managing the risk of suicide. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters in professional journals and texts, including a number of articles that deal with treatment of people with serious mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders.  

Mitch Prinstein, PhD
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Work: (919) 962-3988
Email: mitch.prinstein@unc.edu

Expertise: The John Van Seters distinguished professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Prinstein is an expert on the interpersonal peer relationships of children and adolescents and how these experiences, and associated stressors, are related to the development of depression, suicide, self-harm and health risk behaviors.

Thomas Joiner, PhD
Tallahassee, Florida
Work: (850) 644-1454
Email: joiner@psy.fsu.edu

The Robert O. Lawton professor of psychology at Florida State University, Joiner is author of “Why People Die by Suicide” and “Myths about Suicide” and is editor-in-chief of the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. He developed the interpersonal theory of suicide to help explain why people die by suicide and identify people at risk.

The American Psychological Association also has useful resources available on its website including:

Suicide

Suicide Prevention

Talking to Teens: Suicide Prevention

Coping After Suicide Loss

Struggling with Thoughts of Suicide?

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