Robert Gebbia, executive director, is an expert on suicide prevention and can specifically address AFSP’s prevention programs, our mission, national and local advocacy issues and general knowledge about suicide.
If you are looking for an expert on suicide to comment on the record or to talk to you on background, we can help. AFSP's experts are available to discuss suicide prevention and related topics, including depression, bipolar disorder, addictions and other illnesses of the brain that play a significant role in more than 90 percent of all suicides.
Experts are also available to address suicide among different groups of people such as Native Americans, youth and college students, older adults, members of the military and veterans, and among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. AFSP’s experts can also provide up-to-date information on addressing current trends such as suicide and bullying or suicides related to the current economic downturn.
Dr. Ann P. Haas, senior director of education and prevention, is a researcher and expert on suicide prevention programs. Dr. Haas oversees all of AFSP’s prevention projects including our Interactive Screening Program, the LGBT Suicide Prevention Initiative and More Than Sad: More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel. She is also an expert on the relationship between bullying and suicide, suicide among veterans and with the LGBT community.
Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman, senior director of research, is responsible for developing and expanding AFSP’s research portfolio and overall program. This includes gathering data and findings from AFSP funded studies and communicating those findings to the larger community and public. In this position, Dr. Harkavy-Friedman will also collaborate on the development of prevention materials such as films, programs and brochures to be used nationally and through our local chapters.
Dr. Christine Moutier is the new AFSP medical director, and recently moved from San Diego to the NY/NJ area. Previously, she was at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine, where she was professor of psychiatry and served as assistant dean for student affairs and medical education. She has always maintained an active clinical practice through the UCSD Medical Group and at UPAC (Union of Pan Asian Communities), a mental health clinic for the Asian refugee population.