Dr. Madelyn Gould received her her MA in psychology from Princeton University, and her MPH and PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University. During the past three decades, she has received continuous federal funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the 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 and the study of suicide risks related to bullying, contagion, and modeling, as well as the effects 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. government commissions and served as a leadership consultant for the Surgeon General’s Leadership Working Group for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. She has also contributed to the CDC’s community response plan for suicide clusters. Dr. Gould was a founding member of the New York State Prevention Council in 1999, and in 2005 helped organize the New York State Summit on Suicide Prevention, which was instrumental in the development of a suicide prevention plan for New York State. As a current member of the New York State Suicide Prevention Council, she often consults with the New York State Office of Mental Health on suicide prevention and crisis intervention planning and has a leading role at New York State Suicide Prevention Conferences. In addition, Dr. Gould is a member of the steering committee or advisory board/panel of several national suicide prevention organizations, including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the JED Foundation, the Crisis Text Line, the Media Task Force of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention National Outcomes Evaluation, and the Center for Dignity, Recovery, and Empowerment of the Mental Health Association of San Francisco.
Dr. Gould has been the recipient of numerous awards, among which are 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), a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention; and the Dave Nee Foundation’s Ray of Light Award in 2015.