Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, is the Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She directs a research unit within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and NYSPI. Her long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions. During the past three decades, she has received continuous federal funding from the National Institute of Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her research in the area of suicide prevention. Her seminal articles on youth suicide risk and preventive interventions laid the groundwork for the development of state- and national-level suicide prevention programs. Current projects focus on the evaluation of suicide prevention strategies, including telephone crisis services, chat crisis services, continuity of care enhancements in EDs, and youth suicide screening programs. She is also studying suicide risks related to bullying, contagion, and modeling, and the effect of a peer’s suicide on fellow students.
With a strong commitment to applying her research to program and policy development, Dr. Gould has participated in state and U.S. national government commissions and served as a leadership consultant for the Surgeon General’s Leadership Working Group for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, contributed to the CDC’s community response plan for suicide clusters and recommendations to optimize media reporting of suicide, and has been a member of national and international workgroups updating these media recommendations, Dr. Gould was a founding member of the New York State Suicide-Prevention Council, and helped organize the New York State Summit on Suicide Prevention
Dr. Gould has been the recipient of numerous awards, a few of which include the Shneidman Award for Research from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in 1991, the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) Research Award in 2002, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Award, in 2006, the New York State Suicide Prevention Center’s Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award in 2011, the 2013 Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), which is a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention, and the 2015 Dave Nee Foundation Ray of Light Award.