Councils and Committees

Scientific Council

The AFSP Scientific Council is co-led by its chair and AFSP’s medical director. The Council oversees the Foundation's research, scientific, and educational activities, including the Internet Screening Program; training DVDs for professionals; instructional programs for schools, teachers, and families; and videos on topics such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Yeates Conwell, M.D., Chair

University of Rochester

Peter M. Marzuk, M.D., Vice Chair+

Weill Cornell Medical College

David A. Brent, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Gregory Brown, Ph.D.+

University of Pennsylvania

William Coryell, M.D.+

University of Iowa

Dwight L. Evans, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

John F. Greden, M.D.

University of Michigan

Gretchen Haas, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

J. John Mann, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Miami

Maria Oquendo, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Charles F. Reynolds, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Jerrold Rosenbaum, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Alan Schatzberg, M.D.

Stanford University

David Shaffer, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Katherine Shear, M.D.

Columbia University School of Social Work

Myrna Weissman, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Jan Fawcett, M.D.

(Honorary Member)
University of New Mexico

Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, M.D.

(Honorary Member)
University of Texas, Galveston

Robert Gebbia

Executive Director

Christine Moutier, M.D.

Medical Director

Ann P. Haas, Ph.D. (Staff)

Senior Consultant

Jill Harkavy-Friedman, Ph.D. (Staff)+

Senior Director of Research

Philip Rodgers, Ph.D. (Staff)

Evaluation Scientist

Howard Sudak, M.D. (Staff)

Scientific Review Coordinator

+ Member of the Research Grants Committee

 

Scientific Advisors

AFSP Scientific Advisors are selected for their expertise in suicide-related research and their knowledge in other scientific areas. They are drawn from institutions around the world, where each has achieved a minimal academic rank of Associate Professor. Scientific Advisors review and rank grant proposals submitted to AFSP, guiding the Research Grants Committee in selecting the most promising projects.

Schahram Akbarian, M.D.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NY

John Alpert, M.D., Ph.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Larry Alphs, M.D., Ph.D.

Ortho-McNeil Janssen

Alan Apter, M.D.

Schneider Children's Medical Center, 
Israel

Victoria Arango, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Amelia M. Arria, Ph.D.

University of Maryland

Joan Asarnow, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles

Annette Beautrais, Ph.D.

Christchurch School of Medicine, 
New Zealand

Aaron T. Beck, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Charles Bowden, M.D.

University of Texas, San Antonio

Jeffrey Bridge, Ph.D.+

Ohio State University

C. Hendricks Brown, Ph.D.

University of Miami

Margit Burmeister, Ph.D.+

University of Michigan

Juan Bustillo, M.D.

University of New Mexico

Joseph Calabrese, M.D.

Case Western Reserve University, OH

Gabrielle Carlson, M.D.+

SUNY Stony Brook University, NY

Linda Chaudron, M.D.

University of Rochester, NY

Emil Coccaro, M.D.+

University of Chicago

Katherine Comtois, Ph.D.

University of Washington, WA

Kenneth Conner, Psy.D., M.P.H.

University of Rochester, NY

Edwin H. Cook Jr., M.D.

University of Illinois, Chicago

Scott Crow, M.D.

University of Minnesota

Anthony R. D'Augelli, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania State University

J. Raymond DePaulo Jr., M.D.

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Bernard Devlin, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Brian Draper, M.D.

University of New South Wales

Paul Duberstein, Ph.D.

University of Rochester, NY

Yogesh Dwivedi, Ph.D.+

University of Illinois, Chicago

Andrew Dwork, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Elke Eckert, M.D.

University of Minnesota

Christianne Esposito-Smythers, Ph.D.

George Mason University

Maurizio Fava, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

David Fergusson, Ph.D.

Christchurch School of Medicine, 
New Zealand

Max Fink, M.D.

SUNY Stony Brook University

Prudence Fisher, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Steven Garlow, M.D., Ph.D.

Emory University

David Goldston, Ph.D.+

Duke University

Frederick K. Goodwin, M.D.

George Washington University 
Medical Center

Evian Gordon, Ph.D.

Brain Resource Ltd.

Madelyn S. Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Columbia University Medical Center

Jon Grant, M.D., J.D., M.P.H.

University of Minnesota

Laurence Greenhill, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

John Gunderson, M.D.

McLean Hospital, Harvard University

David Gunnell, Ph.D.

University of Bristol, England

Paul Holinger, M.D.

Rush-Presbyterian, Chicago

Marjan Holloway, Ph.D.

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Thomas Hyde, M.D., Ph.D.

National Institute of Mental Health

David Jobes, Ph.D.

The Catholic University of America, 
Washington, D.C.

Lewis Judd, M.D.

University of California, San Diego

Nav Kapur, M.D.

University of Manchester, England

Ira Katz, M.D., Ph.D.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Mark S. Kaplan, Dr.P.H.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Martin Keller, M.D.

Brown University/Butler Hospital

Gary Kennedy, M.D.+

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY

James Kennedy, M.D.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Canada

Murad M. Khan, M.D.

Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Cheryl King, Ph.D.+

University of Michigan

Joel E. Kleinman, M.D., Ph.D.

National Institute of Mental Health

Kerry Knox, Ph.D.

University of Rochester, NY

Gregory Larkin, M.D.

South Auckland Clinical School,
New Zealand

Jeffrey Lieberman, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Jouko Lönnqvist, M.D., Ph.D.

National Public Health Institute, Finland

Kevin Malone, M.D., M.R.C.P.I., M.R.C.Psych.

St. Vincent's University Hospital, Ireland

Sanjay Mathew, M.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

Elizabeth McCauley, Ph.D.

University of Washington, WA

Francis McMahon, M.D.

National Institute of Mental Health

Lars Mehlum, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Oslo, Norway

Nadine Melhem, Ph.D., M.P.H.

University of Pittsburgh

Herbert Y. Meltzer, M.D.+

Northwestern University

Ivan Miller, Ph.D.

Brown University

Matthew Miller, M.D., M.P.H., Sc.D.

Harvard School of Public Health

David Nielsen, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

Andrew Nierenberg, M.D.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Merete Nordentoft, Ph.D.

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Charles P. O'Brien, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Rory O'Connor, Ph.D.

University of Stirling, Scotland

Lidia O'Donnell, Ed.D.

Education Development Center

Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H.+

Columbia University Medical Center

Gregory Ordway, Ph.D.+

Quillen College of Medicine, TN

David Oslin, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

James Overholser, Ph.D.

Case Western Reserve University

Ghanshyam Pandey, Ph.D.

University of Illinois Chicago

Jose Pardo, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Minnesota

Ramin Parsey, M.D., Ph.D.

Stony Brook University, NY

Jane Pearson, Ph.D.

National Institute of Mental Health

Cynthia Pfeffer, M.D.

Weill Cornell Medical College

Michael R. Phillips, M.D.

Shanghai Jiao Tong University 
School of Medicine

Jane Pirkis, Ph.D.

University of Melbourne, Australia

Stephen Platt, Ph.D.

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Kelly Posner, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

James B. Potash, M.D., M.P.H.+

University of Iowa

Holly Prigerson, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

Johanne Renaud, M.D.

McGill University, Canada

Kerry Ressler, M.D., Ph.D.

Emory University

Steven Romano, M.D.

Pfizer Inc.

Alec Roy, M.D.

Department of Veterans Affairs,
Psychiatry Service

David Rudd, Ph.D.

University of Utah

Stephen Russell, Ph.D.

University of Arizona

Moira Rynn, M.D.

Columbia University

Ihsan Salloum, M.D.

University of Miami

Ronald Salomon, M.D.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Irwin Sandler, Ph.D.

Arizona State University

Larry Siever, M.D.

Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Naomi Simon, M.D., M.Sc.

Massachusetts General Hospital

Andrew Slaby, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

New York University Medical School

Jair C. Soares, M.D.

University of Texas Medical School 
at Houston

Paul Soloff, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Anthony Spirito, Ph.D.

Brown University

Barbara Stanley, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Craig Stockmeier, Ph.D.

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Katalin Szántó, M.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Michael Thase, M.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Elaine Thompson, Ph.D.

University of Washington

Gustavo Turecki, M.D., Ph.D.

McGill University, Canada

Mark Underwood, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Robert Valuck, Ph.D.

University of Colorado

Helena Verdeli, Ph.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Lakshmi Vijayakumar, M.D.

SNEHA and Voluntary Health Services, India

Margda Waern, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Gothenburg

John Walkup, M.D.+

Weill Cornell Medical College

Danuta Wasserman, M.D.

Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Amy Wenzel, Ph.D.

University of Pennsylvania

Julie Wetherell, Ph.D.

University of California, San Diego

Peter Wyman, Ph.D.

University of Rochester, NY

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D.

University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill

Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, Ph.D.

University of Utah

John M. Zajecka, M.D.

Rush-Presbyterian, Chicago

Sidney Zisook, M.D.

University of California, San Diego

+ Member of the Research Grants Committee

 

Chapter Leadership Council

Steve Siple, Chair

BBVA Compass

Lisa Brattain

Shirley Kaminsky

Susan Kelleher

Richard B. Kirchhoff, D.D.S.

Lisa Riley

Mary Weiler

Michael F. Lamma (Staff)

Senior Director of Field Management and Development

 

Public Policy Council

Nancy Farrell, M.P.A., Chair

Massachusetts

Michael Ballard

Virginia

Catherine Barber, M.P.A.

Massachusetts

Lisa Brattain

Indiana

William Cahill, Esq.

Maryland

Keith Cherry, Ph.D.

Pennsylvania

Charles Curie, M.S.W.

Maryland

Carol Graham, M.S.

North Carolina

Todd Handler, Esq.

California

Michelle Hunt, M.S., D.P.T.

New York

Hutson Inniss

Washington, D.C.

Steve Moore, Esq.

Illinois

Philip T. Ninan, M.D.

North Carolina

Lawrence Riso, Ph.D.

Virginia

Loree Sutton, M.D.

New Mexico

Mary Weiler, M.S.

North Dakota 

Robert Gebbia

Executive Director

John Madigan (Staff)

Senior Director of Public Policy

Nicole Gibson, M.S.W. (Staff)

Manager, State Advocacy 
and Grassroots Outreach

Trevor Summerfield (Staff)

Manager of Public Policy

 

Survivor Council

Eric Marcus, Chair

New York

Karyl Chastain Beal

Tennessee

Louis Bradbury

New York

Joan Schweizer Hoff, M.A.

Oregon

Shirley Kaminsky

California

Sue Klebold

Colorado

Doreen Shultz Marshall, Ph.D.

Georgia

Peggy Marshall

Texas

Mary Pat McMahon

Massachusetts

Dennis Tackett

Virginia

Edmond Yomtoob, Psy.D.

Illinois

John R. Jordan, Ph.D.

Professional Advisor

Kristen Smith (Staff)

Survivor Initiatives Manager

Claire Wolford (Staff)

Survivor Initiatives Assistant

 

Development Committee

David A. Dodd, Chair

Mark Brookshire

Paul Perrymore

Marianne Reid

Andrew R. Rogoff, Esq.

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Lawrence Sprung

Mitlin Financial Inc.

 

Finance Committee

Norman Fine, Chair

Steinberg Global Asset Management

Christopher Anderson

Gretchen Haas, Ph.D.

University of Pittsburgh

Robert Nau

Andrew R. Rogoff, Esq.

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Greg Santilli

Robert Gebbia

Executive Director

Daniel Killpack (Staff)

Senior Director of Finance 
and Administration

 

Governance/Nominating Committee

Robert Nau, Chair

Andrew R. Rogoff, Esq., Vice Chair

Pepper Hamilton LLP

Keith Cherry, Ph.D.

Deloitte Consulting LLP

Norman Fine

Steinberg Global Asset Management

J. John Mann, M.D.

Columbia University Medical Center

Andrew E. Slaby, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

New York University Medical School

Robert Gebbia

Executive Director

Michael Student, Esq.

Legal Counsel