Interview with American Association of Suicidology (AAS) President Julie Cerel

Apr 23, 2018, 12:02 AM

SPA General Manager Nikki Kelso interviews Dr Julie Cerel, President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) at their annual conference held this week in Washington, DC, USA.

Dr. Cerel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research has focused on suicide bereavement, suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention. She completed her PhD from The Ohio State University, an internship and post-doctoral fellowship from West Virginia University and a post-doctoral fellowship specifically in suicide prevention from University of Rochester. She has served as Research Division Chair and Board Chair of American Association of Suicidology. She is the author of over 50 academic publications and co-author of Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved. Her work has been funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium from the U.S. Department of Defense, the CDC, SAMHSA, SPAN-USA and AFSP. She is a Board member and former chair, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc. and Editorial Board Member, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Cerel mentors and collaborates with a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at UK and internationally. 

At the conference, Dr Cerel reinforced #not6 research that debunked the previously commonly reported statistic that for every person who dies by suicide, six people are deeply affected.  

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