Pathways to Prevention Workshop:

Advancing Research To Prevent Youth Suicide

March 29–30, 2016

Masur Auditorium

Clinical Center, Building 10

NIH Main Campus

Bethesda, Maryland

NIH Office of Disease Prevention website


Special Guests

  • Leah Harris, M.A.
  • Consumer/Survivor Subcommittee
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Faculty Member
  • Zero Suicide Academy
  • Arlington, VA


  • Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D.
  • Acting Deputy Director
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • David A. Brent, M.D.
  • Academic Chief
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Epidemiology, and Clinical Translational Science
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Social Sciences
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Donna Coffman, Ph.D.
  • Research Associate Professor
  • College of Health and Human Development
  • Principal Investigator
  • The Methodology Center
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Wilson M. Compton, M.D., M.P.E.
  • Deputy Director
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Alex Crosby M.D., M.P.H.
  • Medical Epidemiologist
  • Branch Chief
  • Surveillance Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention
  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Patrick J. Curran, Ph.D.
  • Director
  • L.L.Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory
  • Professor
  • Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Bruce Cuthbert, Ph.D.
  • Acting Director
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Robert Goerge, Ph.D.
  • Chapin Hall Senior Research Fellow
  • Senior Advisor for the Master’s Program in Computational Analysis in Public Policy
  • Chicago Harris School of Public Policy
  • University of Chicago
  • Amy B. Goldstein, Ph.D.
  • Associate Director for Prevention
  • Chief
  • Preventive Intervention Research Program
  • Treatment and Prevention Intervention Research Branch
  • Division of Services and Intervention Research
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • George W. Howe, Ph.D.
  • Professor of Clinical Psychology
  • Department of Psychology
  • The George Washington University
  • Sean Joe, Ph.D., M.S.W.
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Research
  • Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development
  • George Warren Brown School of Social Work
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Todd D. Little, Ph.D.
  • Director
  • Institute for Measurement, Methodology, Analysis, and Policy
  • Professor
  • Educational Psychology and Leadership
  • Texas Tech University
  • Katherine E. Masyn, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
  • Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • School of Public Health
  • Georgia State University
  • David M. Murray, Ph.D.
  • Associate Director of Disease Prevention
  • Director
  • Office of Disease Prevention
  • Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives
  • Office of the Director
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Jane L. Pearson, Ph.D.
  • Program Chief
  • Suicide Treatment and Preventive Interventions Research Program
  • Treatment and Prevention Intervention Research Branch
  • Division of Services and Intervention Research
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.
  • Regents’ Professor Emeritus
  • Research Professor
  • REACH Institute
  • Department of Psychology (Clinical)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Arizona State University
  • Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D.
  • Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics
  • Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communications
  • National Institute of Mental Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • David Shurtleff, Ph.D.
  • Deputy Director
  • National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Melissa Walls, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences
  • University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth
  • Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D.
  • Professor
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • University of Rochester Medical Center

Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) Speakers

  • Rashelle J. Musci, Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Mental Health
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Speakers Biographies

David A. Brent, M.D.

David A. Brent, M.D., is currently Academic Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also holds an Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies. He co-founded and now directs Services for Teens at Risk, a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-funded program for suicide prevention, education of professionals, and the treatment of at-risk youth and their families. Dr. Brent is a member of the Institute of Medicine and has been recognized for his research by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; he also received the Ruane Prize for research in child psychiatry from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. His 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.

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D., is Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Preventive Medicine, and Medical Social Sciences in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as well as the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. He directs the National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology for Drug Abuse and HIV, and a National Institute of Mental Health-funded study to synthesize findings from individual-level data across multiple randomized trials for adolescent depression. He is also the Co-Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded Prevention of Youth Violence Center. Since 1985, he has received National Institutes of Health funding to direct the Prevention Science and Methodology Group, now a national network of over 250 scientists and methodologists who are working on the design of preventive field trials and their analysis, and implementation of prevention programs. Recently, his work has focused on the prevention of drug abuse, conduct disorder, depression, and suicide. Dr. Brown is Co-Chair of the National Academy of Medicine Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health and has been a member of the recent National Academy of Medicine Committee on Prevention Science, as well as serving on numerous federal panels, advisory boards, and editorial boards.

Iden D. Campbell McCollum, CPRP

Iden D. Campbell McCollum, CPRP, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Campbell Center, a peer-run agency in Washington, DC, for individuals living with mental health and addictions challenges. He has worked in the nonprofit sector in Washington, DC, Maryland, and North Carolina, including positions as Project Manager of the McClendon Center Best Health Project (a District of Columbia-based center to improve the quality of life of individuals recovering from mental illness), Chairperson of the federally funded District of Columbia Protection and Advocacy for Individuals With Mental Illness Advisory Council (promoting the protection and advocacy for individuals with mental illness), and Chairperson of the District of Columbia State Vocational Rehabilitation Commission (facilitating employment among individuals with physical or mental impairments). He has also served as a board member of the District of Columbia Statewide Independent Living Council (promoting independent living among individuals with disabilities), University Legal Services (promoting advocacy and protection for individuals with disabilities), and Cornerstone Investments (promoting housing for individuals with mental illness). He was awarded the 2013 National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Leadership Award at the Alternatives Conference in Austin, Texas, awarded the 1999 Direct Care Professional of the Year by Arc of Maryland (advocacy for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities), and named the 1999 Direct Care Professional of the Year by the Maryland Association of Community Services (supporting individuals with developmental disabilities and their families). Mr. Campbell also serves in an advisory capacity to the Center of Excellence (CoE) on Behavioral Health for Racial/Ethnic Minority Young Men Who Have Sex with Men (YMSM) and Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender Populations (LGBT), National Suicide Prevention LifeLine Committee, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Donna Coffman, Ph.D.

Donna Coffman, Ph.D., is Research Associate Professor in the College of Health and Human Development and Senior Research Associate at the Methodology Center at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on causal inference for observational data, especially for assessing mediation and moderation. She currently has a Big Data to Knowledge early career award from the National Institutes of Health to develop and apply data analytic methods to the study of health behavior change using mobile devices.

Alex Crosby M.D., M.P.H.

Alex Crosby, M.D., M.P.H., graduated with a B.A. in chemistry from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, an M.D. from Howard University’s School of Medicine in Washington, DC, and an M.P.H. in health administration and management from Emory University’s School of Public Health in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed medical training in family medicine at Howard University Hospital, general preventive medicine and public health at Morehouse School of Medicine and the Georgia Division of Public Health, and epidemiology training at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service. During his career, he has responded to numerous public health emergencies and led investigative teams, addressing adolescent suicide clusters, civil unrest, school-associated violence, sniper attacks, firearm-related injuries due to celebratory shooting, and the public health response to Hurricane Rita in the Gulf Coast. He has authored or co-authored over 75 publications. His work as a medical epidemiologist focuses on the prevention of suicidal behavior, child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, interpersonal violence among adolescents, and assault injuries among minorities.

Patrick J. Curran, Ph.D.

Patrick J. Curran, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. He also serves as the Director of the L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory, which houses the UNC doctoral program in quantitative psychology. His program of research and teaching is centered on the development, evaluation, and application of quantitative methods in the social and behavioral sciences. His current quantitative research is focused on the measurement and analysis of longitudinal data from both a structural equations and multilevel modeling perspective. His substantive research is focused on developmental psychopathology with an emphasis on risk and protective factors in adolescent substance use. He is currently collaborating with colleagues Daniel Bauer and Andrea Hussong on a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded project designed to evaluate and improve psychometric methodologies used in the application of integrative data analysis to studies of drug use and abuse.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D.

Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is an Edward William Gutgsell & Jane Marr Gutgsell Endowed Professor and Hardie Scholar of Education in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is the recipient of the American Psychological Association (APA) Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, APA, and the American Educational Research Association. She earned her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Indiana University in 1997. Over the past 20 years, she has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles, five edited books, and 30 chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming, and she has secured $6.5 million in external funding. She just completed a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded study that included a randomized clinical trial of a social-emotional learning prevention program in 36 middle schools to reduce aggression. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is funding her to track these children to examine whether these effects remain as the students navigate the challenges of high school. CDC is funding another randomized control trial of this program in comparison with a gender-enhanced social-emotional program in 28 Illinois middle schools. She just received a 5-year large grant from NIJ to prevent bullying and promote school safety in high schools. She authored a 2011 White House Brief on bullying among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and attended the White House Conference in 2011.

Robert Goerge, Ph.D.

Robert Goerge, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago with more than 30 years of research focused on improving the available data and information on children and families, particularly those who require specialized services related to maltreatment, disability, poverty, or violence. Dr. Goerge developed Chapin Hall’s Integrated Database on Child and Family Programs in Illinois, which links the administrative data on social service receipt, education, criminal and juvenile justice, employment, health care, and early childhood programs to provide a comprehensive picture of child and family use of publicly provided or financed service programs. His work provides high-quality information to policymakers to improve the programs serving children and their families.

Amy B. Goldstein, Ph.D.

Amy B. Goldstein, Ph.D., is the Associate Director for Prevention and Chief of the Preventive Intervention Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Goldstein also serves as the Associate Director for the NIMH Recovery After an Initial Schizophrenia Episode (RAISE) Project and is a Program Officer for a RAISE contract. She is actively involved in NIMH efforts pertaining to research in emergency medical settings, serving as the Science Officer for the Emergency Department–Safety Assessment and Follow-Up Evaluation study and Program Officer for the Emergency Department Screen for Teens At-Risk for Suicide study. Dr. Goldstein received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2002 from Case Western Reserve University and completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Goldstein had previous appointments as a Senior Instructor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and as a Clinical Psychologist at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Kevin P. Haggerty, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Kevin P. Haggerty, Ph.D., M.S.W., is the Director of the Social Development Research Group, University of Washington, School of Social Work. He is a Principal Investigator on a variety of projects, including Utah Communities That Care Training program, Staying Connected With Your Teen, Focus on Families, and a National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded study on Family Connections. He is an Investigator of the Community Youth Development Study, which tests the effectiveness of the Communities That Care program. Dr. Haggerty specializes in prevention programs at the community, school, and family level. For more than 25 years, he has focused on developing innovative ways to organize the scientific knowledge base for prevention so that parents, communities, and schools can better identify, assess, and prioritize customized approaches that meet their needs. An expert on substance abuse and delinquency prevention, Dr. Haggerty speaks, conducts trainings, and writes extensively on this field.

Leah Harris, M.A.

Leah Harris, M.A., is a mother, advocate, and storyteller who has written and spoken widely about her lived experiences of trauma, addiction, serious mental health challenges, suicide, resilience, and recovery. As a suicide attempt survivor, she advocates for the meaningful inclusion of the perspectives of attempt survivors in every aspect of suicide prevention, intervention, postvention, and research. She was a member of the Suicide Attempt Survivor Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and contributed to the landmark document The Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness With Insights From Lived Experience. Ms. Harris is a faculty member with the Zero Suicide Academy, a training for senior leaders of health and behavioral health care organizations that seeks to dramatically reduce suicides among patients in their care, and also is a member of the Zero Suicide Advisory Group. She is passionate about promoting best practices in trauma-informed suicide prevention and care.

George W. Howe, Ph.D.

George W. Howe, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University. He teaches undergraduate courses on the psychology of stress, and graduate courses on research methods and psychotherapy. He has served as Director of the graduate program in clinical psychology. He has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the interplay of personality, social, and genetic factors with unemployment stress in the onset of depression, and for the development of new quantitative methods for integrating data from multiple prevention trials to test moderators and mediators of effect. He is also a member of the Prevention Science Methodology Group, a national coalition of prevention scientists and methodologists whose mission is to advance empirical science around the prevention of emotional and mental disorders, and the promotion of positive mental health.

Sean Joe, Ph.D., M.S.W.

Sean Joe, Ph.D., M.S.W., focuses his research on suicidal behavior among African Americans, and his current research project focuses on the role of religion, discrimination, and masculinity in African American suicidal behavior. He has ongoing research related to adolescents’ mental health service use patterns and salivary biomarkers for adolescent suicidal behavior. He has published in the areas of suicide, racial barriers to mental health service use, violence, and firearm-related violence. He has served on numerous advisory boards and leadership teams of National Institutes of Health-funded or -sponsored, early career scientist mentoring and training initiatives. Dr. Joe is the 2009 recipient of the Edwin Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for outstanding contributions in research to the field of suicide studies and was inducted as a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, New York Academy of Medicine, and the Roundtables on Science in Social Work (2012, 2013, and 2014).

Eloise E. Kaizar, Ph.D.

Eloise E. Kaizar, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Statistics at The Ohio State University. Her primary research focus is on assessing the effects and safety of medical exposures and interventions, especially those whose effects are heterogeneous across populations or measured with rare event outcomes. As such, she has worked on methodology to combine multiple sources of information relevant to the same broad policy or patient-centered question.  She is particularly interested in how data collected via different study designs can contribute complementary information. Dr. Kaizar also examines statistical methodology related to subpopulations for whom treatment is particularly effective and safe.

Hadi Kharrazi, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.I.

Hadi Kharrazi, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.I., is the Assistant Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Population Health Information Technology (IT). He is pursuing priority population health IT research that provides direct population-based decision support to providers, patients, and payers. His expertise includes assessing the needs and impact of health IT on care delivery, designing interoperable platforms for population health, developing and evaluating advanced predictive models for risk stratification, and testing the feasibility of new quality metrics across various denominators and health care workflows. Dr. Kharrazi has been the Principal Investigator (PI) of several federal grants and contracts with special focus on population health informatics. Some of his recent projects include the (1) development and evaluation of a 30-day hospital-readmission prediction model based on real-time health information exchange data in Maryland; (2) evaluation of stage 3 of electronic health records “Meaningful Use” care coordination measures in Maryland and Arkansas hospitals; (3) development of federal and statewide quality measures for population health and overuse; (4) design of a comprehensive data-driven framework that provides a spatiotemporal prediction of obesity within the veteran population; and (5) development of a risk score to predict falls among elderly in Baltimore City. Dr. Kharrazi also has an extensive record on education. He has developed more than a dozen courses in health informatics. He is the Co-PI of an Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) award to develop a national curriculum for population health informatics and train more than 6,000 health care professionals nationally. He has been part of National Library of Medicine training programs and has participated in curriculum development of two certificate programs (funded by ONC). He is currently the Director of the Dr.P.H. Informatics Track Program at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program in Health Sciences Informatics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Cheryl A. King, Ph.D., ABPP

Cheryl A. King, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, and Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute at the University of Michigan. As Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Research Program, she has provided leadership for multiple federally funded research initiatives focused on developing evidence-based strategies for adolescent and young adult suicide risk screening, assessment, and intervention. She currently serves as a Principal Investigator of the Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide, which is designed to develop a brief, adaptive suicide risk screen that can be disseminated nationwide, and of the Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students, which tests the efficacy of an online suicide risk screening and confidential counseling program aimed at linking students to services. A clinical educator and scientist, Dr. King has published widely on youth suicide prevention, provided mentorship to many students and early career professionals, and conducted workshops worldwide on best practices in suicide risk assessment and intervention. She is the lead author of the book, Teen Suicide Risk: A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. In addition, Dr. King has provided testimony in the U.S. Senate on youth suicide prevention and is a Past President of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Stephanie Lee, M.A.

Stephanie Lee has been a researcher at the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP) for 9 years, where she currently serves as Interim Assistant Director. After receiving her B.A. in psychology from Trinity University and her M.A. in experimental psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Ms. Lee turned her attention to applied research. In 2001, she began her career managing youth survey research for a community development charity in the United Kingdom. In the course of that work, she became increasingly interested in the broad economic impacts of prevention and early intervention programs. Ms. Lee returned to her native Washington State in 2007, where she now leads the development of the benefit-cost methods and modeling for WSIPP.

Katherine E. Masyn, Ph.D.

Katherine E. Masyn, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at Georgia State University’s (GSU) School of Public Health. She earned her B.S. in mathematics from the College of William and Mary, M.A. in biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and Ph.D. in social research methodology at the University of California, Los Angeles under the mentorship of Bengt Muthén before working as a postdoctoral fellow on a National Institutes of Health Prevention Science Methodology training grant through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She served as a faculty member at the University of California, Davis and then the Harvard Graduate School of Education before joining the GSU faculty in 2014. Dr. Masyn’s research focuses on the development and application of latent variable statistical models related to survival and event history analysis; multivariate, multifaceted developmental processes; and, more broadly, the characterization and parameterization of both observed and unobserved population heterogeneity in cross-sectional and longitudinal settings using finite mixture models. Dr. Masyn enjoys close collaborations with colleagues from the fields of prevention science, public health, education, and psychology, and serves as the statistical consultant on multiple federally funded research grants. She is also well known for her enthusiastic instruction on applied latent variable techniques for substantive audiences and has taught numerous short courses and workshops.

Rashelle J. Musci, Ph.D.

Rashelle J. Musci, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Davis in child development and human development, respectively. Her research focuses on developing analytic methods for the integration of biologic data into developmentally appropriate models; exploring the development and etiology of complex mental health problems such as internalizing symptoms, externalizing behaviors, and suicide; and, finally, understanding individual differences in prevention and intervention effects, particularly those differences that can be attributed to genetic influences.

Jane L. Pearson, Ph.D.

Jane Pearson, Ph.D., chairs the National Institute of Mental Health’s Suicide Research Consortium. She is the Associate Director for Preventive Interventions in the Division of Services and Intervention Research, and led the staffing for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Research Prioritization Task Force. Dr. Pearson serves as the National Institutes of Health representative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Federal Steering Group on Suicide Prevention. She assisted in the development of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Suicide and the first National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. She served as a member of the Veterans Administration Blue Ribbon Workgroup on Suicide Prevention. Dr. Pearson is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. She also is a recipient of an HHS Secretary’s Award, the American Association of Suicidology Marsha Linehan Award for Treatment Research, and a Public Service Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She has had a private practice in clinical psychology and has authored papers on the ethical and methodological challenges of suicide research.

Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.

Irwin Sandler, Ph.D., was a student of Dr. Emory Cowen and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1971. He was the Director of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Preventive Intervention Research Center for 26 years, which focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of preventive interventions for children in high-stress situations. His research, which has been funded by NIMH and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, has involved the study of sources of resilience for children exposed to stress and the translation of theories of resilience into preventive interventions. He and his colleagues have conducted randomized trials to evaluate the impact of preventive interventions for children exposed to parental divorce and parental death. Long-term follow-up evaluation of these interventions over 15 years has demonstrated positive impact to reduce mental health problems and disorders and to promote positive accomplishment of developmental tasks of adolescence and young adulthood. His research has also included tests of the developmental pathways through which long-term effects of preventive interventions occur. His current research involves testing models for the dissemination and implementation of effective preventive interventions in community settings. He is the author of over 220 scholarly publications. He is a Fellow of the Society for Prevention Research and the American Psychological Association and was a member of the National Research Council/Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the 2009 report Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities.

Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D.

Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D., is Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics in the National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Office of Science Policy, Planning, and Communication. In that capacity, he directs a unit charged with conducting analyses of mental health burden, service use and costs, intervention opportunities, and other policy-related issues, in support of Institute decision-making, and with helping to strengthen NIMH’s relationships with outside stakeholders to increase the public health impact of NIMH-supported research. Dr. Schoenbaum’s research has focused particularly on the costs and benefits of interventions to improve health and health care, evaluated from the perspectives of patients, providers, payers, and society. He has been a scientific principal in NIMH’s Army Study To Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers ( and has worked on initiatives with the Veterans Health Administration, the Social Security Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the National Business Group on Health, among others. Prior to joining NIMH, Dr. Schoenbaum spent 9 years at the RAND Corporation, where his work included studies of the feasibility and consequences of improving care for common mental disorders, particularly depression; studies of the social epidemiology and the economic consequences of chronic illness and disability; design and evaluation of decision support tools to help consumers make health benefits choices; and international health sector development projects. Dr. Schoenbaum was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1995 to 1997. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Michigan in 1995.

The Honorable Gordon H. Smith

Gordon H. Smith joined the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2009. Prior to joining NAB, he served as a two-term U.S. Senator from Oregon and later as Senior Advisor in the Washington offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. During his tenure in the U.S. Senate, Mr. Smith’s committee assignments included the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, the panel that oversees all broadcast-related legislation. He also served on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His role on the Commerce Committee and as Chairman of a Senate High-Tech Task Force helped foster his interest in new media and new technology issues. Mr. Smith attended college at Brigham Young University, received his law degree from Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, and practiced law in New Mexico and Arizona before returning to Oregon to direct the family-owned Smith Frozen Foods business in Weston, Oregon. Before his election to the U.S. Senate in 1996, he was elected to the Oregon State Senate, rising to the position of president of that body after only 3 years.

Melissa Walls, Ph.D.

Melissa Walls, Ph.D. (tribal affiliations: Bois Forte and Couchiching First Nation Anishinabe), is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health and Population Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. She has been involved in community-based participatory research with indigenous communities for nearly 15 years. A central goal of her work is to better understand the historical and contemporary social determinants of health and mental health for indigenous individuals and families. Funded projects include suicide prevention and mental health promotion programming, a study aimed at identifying the nature and impact of stressors on type 2 diabetes progressions, and a longitudinal investigation of health outcomes and risk and resilience factors in American Indian and First Nations communities. Dr. Walls’ collaborative work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D.

Holly C. Wilcox, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and the Bloomberg School of Public Health Department of Mental Health. Dr. Wilcox has spent the past 25 years actively engaged in youth suicide research as Principal Investigator (PI) of grants from the National Institutes of Health (F31, R21, R01), the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (Young Investigator Award, Pilot Award, and a Linked Standard Research Grant), and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. She is involved in the Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative, which aims to increase the capacity of pediatric primary care practices throughout the United States to implement and sustain childhood traumatic stress screening and psychosocial interventions delivered onsite in pediatric primary care. Dr. Wilcox is the PI of a longitudinal multisite suicide biomarker study funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is on the leadership team of Maryland’s Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention Network, a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration-funded State of Maryland Garrett Lee Smith youth suicide prevention project. She is Co-Chair of the Suicide Prevention Task Group of the National Network of Depression Centers, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) network of 23 leading academic medical centers. Since 2005, she has offered a course at Johns Hopkins titled “Suicide as a Public Health Problem.”

Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D.

Peter A. Wyman, Ph.D., is Professor and Director of the School and Community-Based Prevention Laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Wyman develops and tests interventions that prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral problems, focused on underserved youth populations. Since 2006, Dr. Wyman has led randomized trials of Sources of Strength, a universal, school-based suicide prevention program preparing adolescent key opinion leaders to disseminate through their natural social networks practices that enhance adaptive social ties and healthy coping (National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH] funded). Dr. Wyman’s research group is currently developing and testing other key opinion leader interventions focused on preventing substance use initiation among early adolescents and suicidal behavior among military personnel (U.S. Department of Defense funded). Another interest is on methods for testing community-based prevention programs that address scientific needs and community needs to address sensitive and pressing problems such as youth suicide. Dr. Wyman was an expert panelist for the NIMH-National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2013, has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention since 2005, and is faculty on the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2012, Dr. Wyman received the Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award from the Suicide Prevention Center of New York State.