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Dr. Madelyn S. Gould

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Madelyn Gould
Madelyn Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H is a professor of clinical epidemiology in psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions.
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Columbia University researcher Madelyn Gould discusses clusters, community narratives at invite-only event
Nationally renowned youth suicide researcher Madelyn Gould traveled to Palo Alto this week to give a talk on the implications of community messaging around suicide contagion.
Gould, a professor of clinical epidemiology in psychiatry at Columbia University and the New York Psychiatric Institute, spoke Thursday morning to an audience of school district and city representatives, law enforcement, mental health professionals, high school students, parent leaders and members of the local faith and business communities gathered at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, which hosted the event in partnership with youth well-being coalition Project Safety Net and the Palo Alto Police Department.
Gould stressed that while the media plays a critical role and must provide both sensitive and educational coverage around suicide, changing the narrative in a community "requires everybody."
Community messaging, she said, will often "focus the implications for media reporting, but I think people often don't appreciate or forget or we don't think about that the messaging that everybody makes from students to suicide-prevention programs to parents … all our messaging needs to take into account the concerns that we have. It's not just the responsibility of the media. It really is everybody's responsibility."
Gould's research on the subject has included "psychological autopsies" of adolescent suicide clusters, during which she and other researchers compared communities where there was a death by suicide but not an ensuing cluster and communities where there was a cluster; the effect of a peer's suicide on fellow students; suicide postvention programs in schools; the effect of youth suicide screening programs; the effectiveness telephone crisis services; risk factors for teen suicide; and the effect of newspaper coverage on teen suicide, among other areas of study.
She has also consulted with Project Safety Net members "from afar" over the last few years to advise on suicide prevention efforts, she said.
On Thursday, Gould offered examples of the impact, both positive and negative, that community messaging from various sources can have. She cited a Facebook experiment in 2012 during which the social media site altered the number of positive and negative posts in the news feeds of 689,003 randomly selected users for one week. People who saw more positive posts, in turn, wrote more positive posts themselves and those who read more negative posts were more negative in their own posts, Gould said.
Gould also pointed to research around the role the media plays in youth suicide clusters. She cited studies that have found there is a greater increase in suicide when the frequency of news stories increase, when there's a higher proportion of the population exposed, when headlines are dramatic and when the prominence of a story increases, such as appearing on the front page of a newspaper. A 2014 study she co-authored analyzed newspaper coverage between 1988 and 1996 and found that "several story characteristics, including front-page placement, headlines containing the word suicide or a description of the method used, and detailed descriptions of the suicidal individual and act, appeared more often in stories published after the index cluster suicides than after non-cluster suicides," the study reads.
But a "converse effect exists also," Gould said Thursday. News stories that highlight positive stories, for example, of people who experienced suicidal ideation but found coping strategies or emphasize seeking help for mental health issues, have brought suicide rates down, she said. This is known as the "Papageno effect" – media content that is associated with a decrease in suicide rates, so is viewed as "protective."
"We want to increase stories, definitely, that educate and shape attitudes and avoid misinformation," Gould said. "We want to decrease stories that promote contagion."
Gould also investigated the question, "Are there suicide cluster-prone communities? With regard to demographic factors like ethnicity, population size, socioeconomic levels or levels of education, there are not, she said.
"The problem with suicide is it's so stigmatizing because if it was an earthquake or a flood then there's an outpouring of 'we have to support this community,'" Gould said.
Gould also urged the adults in the audience to harness students' frequent desire in the wake of a peer death by suicide to "do something" to work collaboratively on suicide prevention efforts.
Gunn High School senior Ridhaa Sachidanandan put a familiar question to Gould: How can Palo Alto dispel the stigmatized perception that mental illness is a "character flaw" to be hidden rather than talked about?
In response, Gould herself admitted that she struggled with postpartum depression after the birth of her first children.
"I think we have to start getting out of the closet when it comes to mental health issues," she said.
Board : Inspire USA Foundation, 23 Jan 2015 [cached]
Madelyn Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Madelyn Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Professor in Psychiatry and Epidemiology at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; and Deputy Director of Research Training Program in Child Psychiatry, Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Dr. Gould's longstanding research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions. Dr. Gould has received numerous federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for studies examining risk factors for teenage suicide; various aspects of cluster suicides; the impact of the media on suicide; the effect of a peer's suicide on fellow students; suicide crisis intervention programs in schools; the effect of youth suicide screening programs, and the utility of telephone crisis services. In addition, she received a W.T. Grant Faculty Scholar's Award to examine psychosocial risk factors for teenage suicide; and a Distinguished Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to investigate the role of the media in the initiation of suicide clusters.
Her participation in numerous state and national government commissions includes the 1978 President's Commission on Mental Health and the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Task Force on Youth Suicide in 1989. In addition, she authored the chapter on youth suicide prevention for the Surgeon General's 1999 National Suicide Prevention Strategy, and served as a leadership consultant for the Surgeon General's Leadership Working Group for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy.
Dr. Gould was a founding member of the New York State Suicide Prevention Council and has been actively engaged in the development of the suicide prevention plan for New York State. She contributed to the Center for Disease Control's community response plan for suicide clusters (1988) and recommendations to optimize media reporting of suicide (1994), and was a member of an international workgroup, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which updated these media recommendations in 2001.
The recipient of the Shneidman Award for Research from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in 1991, the New York State Office of Mental Health Research (NYSOMH) Award in 2002, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Award in 2006, Dr. Gould has a strong commitment to applying her research to program and policy development.
Partners : Inspire USA Foundation, 23 Nov 2010 [cached]
Dr. Madelyn Gould, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
It's not going to be just ..., 2 May 2014 [cached]
It's not going to be just one thing," and coverage is likely to affect only youths who already are vulnerable, says lead author Madelyn Gould, a suicide prevention researcher with the New York State Psychiatric Institute. But previous studies suggest printed newspaper stories, possibly because of their length and staying power, have a greater impact than TV stories. A study from 2011 found teens still were more likely to read about suicides in newspapers than online, Gould says.
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