Meet the Experts


Christine Moutier, M.D., will become AFSP’s new Medical Director in September of 2013, and most recently served as an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education at the University of California, San Diego.  Dr. Moutier received her degree in medicine from UCSD School of Medicine, where she also completed her residency in psychiatry.  She has previously served as the Medical Director of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at the VA Medical Center in San Diego, Associate Director of the UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry Services Clinic, and has attended on the Neuropsychiatric and Behavioral Medicine Unit at UCSD Medical Center in Hillcrest. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters for publications such as The Journal of the American Medical Association, Academic Medicine,The American Journal of Psychiatry, The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, and Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Moutier is the co-founder of the AFSP San Diego Chapter, and has helped organize International Survivors of Suicide Day events. 


Edmond Yomtoob, Psy.D, earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2000 and is also the survivor of his mother, Farideh Yomtoob’s, suicide. Farideh came to the United States with her husband as a Jewish-Iranian immigrant. She sacrificed her vocation as an artist and dedicated her life to be a stay at home mom. She kept her family stitched together with the same skill she used to create award-winning Purim costumes. However, years of emotional toil from family issues and depression overcame her, and she took her own life twenty years ago. Edmond has served as President of AFSP’s Illinois Chapter and has run a survivor of suicide loss group for several years. He is a member of the AFSP’s National Survivor Council and support group training corps. He is currently working on creating an online survivors of suicide loss chat room for the LGBT Community.

Sid Zisook

Sidney Zisook, M.D., is a Professor and Director of the Residency Training Program for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego.  Author or co-author of over 200 articles, chapters, manuals, and books, Dr. Zisook is best known for his work on bereavement, stress, mood, suicide and psychiatric education, for which he has won numerous awards.  A Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American College of Psychiatrists, Dr. Zisook also serves on AFSP’s Survivor Research Working Group and on the board of its San Diego Chapter.

Danielle Glorioso

Danielle K. Glorioso, LCSW is a clinical social worker and a complicated grief therapist at the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans Medical Research Foundation.  Danielle dedicated herself to helping survivors of suicide loss after tragically losing her brother Brian to suicide in 2006.  She is a leading expert in the use of Complicated Grief therapy for survivors of suicide loss and has a private practice in La Jolla, CA where she specializes in working with those bereaved to suicide.  She is also a board member for San Diego AFSP chapter and oversees the San Diego Survivor Outreach Program as well as facilitates monthly support groups for survivors of suicide loss.

Brittany Kirby, MSW, is a clinical social worker and one of the coordinators and counselors for the University of California, San Diego, Suicide Prevention Program for medical students, house-staff and faculty members. The program uses AFSP’s Interactive Screening Program (ISP),  an anonymous and online screening tool to identify individuals in distress and encourage them to seek help. Brittany lost her paternal grandfather to suicide and does this important work in his memory.