Dr. Madelyn Gould Elected to IASP
Dr. Madelyn Gould was selected by the International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP) national representatives to be the co-chair of the national representatives and serve as an ex-officio non-voting member of the executive committee. The two co-chairs (and any delegates they appoint) consititute a working committee to facilitate the duties of the national representatives, including assisting and promoting regional congresses, regional workshops, and World Suicide Prevention Day regional launches and to encourage, engage, and involve the national representatives in the duties of the council.
In April 2017, Dr. Gould was elected the U.S. representative to the council of the IASP for a four-year term beginning July 2017. The IASP is the largest international organization dedicated to suicide prevention and to the alleviation of the effects of suicide. IASP’s council represents more than 50 countries from every continent except Antarctica.
Dr. Gould will work closely with other representatives from around the world and the IASP executive committee to propose and recommend policy and guidelines for the association and serve as an advisor and reviewer of policies and proposals set forth by the executive committee. Dr. Gould will attend the 29th World Congress of the IASP this coming July in Malaysia, entitled “Preventing Suicide: A Global Commitment, from Communities to Continents.”
“Dr. Gould’s leadership in suicide prevention over the last 30 years is nationally and internationally recognized,” said Dr. Moira Rynn, Director of Psychiatry at Duke University and former Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University. “Dr. Gould will be an amazing asset to the IASP council. Her work in the field—as a researcher, a mentor, and a collaborator—is truly impressive, and it is a fitting honor that she will represent the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center, and the U.S. suicidology community at large.”