Dr. Haas is responsible for developing and directing AFSP’s education and suicide prevention programs, including the Interactive Screening Program (ISP), an anonymous online method of engaging individuals with untreated mental health problems to get help. She also directs AFSP’s suicide prevention initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender populations.
Dr. Haas received a Ph.D. in Sociology with an emphasis in health behavior and research methodology from Fordham University (1977). Before coming to AFSP in 2000, she was Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at Lehman College of the City University of New York. She has also held appointments at New York Medical College and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Montrose, N.Y.
She has an extensive record of research on suicide, posttraumatic stress disorder and drug abuse and has published widely on these topics. She serves on the Task Force on LGBT Populations of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and is a frequent speaker on bullying and suicide, suicide risk in LGBT populations, and veteran and military suicide.