Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Health Care Settings
The Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), a CDC-funded research center focusing on a public health approach to suicide prevention and research, launched its third annual webinar series “Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Multiple Settings,” on January 20, 2015. The settings which will be addressed in this year’s ICRC-S webinar series include: Health Care, Schools, Faith-Based Organizations, The Justice System, The Workplace and Social Media.
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern Time, the second webinar, “Exploring the Impact of Suicide Prevention Research in Health Care Settings,” took place with speakers Ursula Whiteside, PhD, clinical psychologist and suicide prevention researcher at Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, and Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW, research scientist at Henry Ford Health System. Health care settings provide an important opportunity for suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention. Speakers addressed research that is being conducted in health care settings, explained the known impact the research has had, and identified needed research and practice going forward. Yeates Conwell, M.D., Professor and Vice Chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry, moderated this session.
This webinar is one hour and provided an opportunity for dialogue with the webinar presenters. A project of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Education Development Center, the ICRC-S draws suicide prevention directly into the domain of public health and injury prevention and links it to complementary approaches to mental health.
Ursula Whiteside, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience working in the field of treatment for suicidal individuals. She is currently a research scientist with Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention, working on grants from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health.
Brian Ahmedani, PhD, LMSW, is a research scientist at Henry Ford Health System with appointments in the Center for Health Policy and Health Services Research and the Department of Psychiatry. As a researcher, his main interests have centered around mental health/substance use services, with a special focus on suicide prevention.
Yeates Conwell, MD is professor and vice chair of the University of Rochester (UR) School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, where he also directs the Geriatric Psychiatry Program. He is co-director of the UR Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and director of the University’s Office for Aging Research and Health Services. Dr. Conwell has lectured and written extensively on suicide and depression in later life, drawing on research that has been continuously funded by NIH, the CDC, and foundation support for the past 25 years.