Madelyn Gould, Ph.D. GOULDM@childpsych.columbia.edu
Representing Lifeline's Executive Leadership Team
Dr. Gould is a Professor in Child Psychiatry and Public Health (Epidemiology) at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.
long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions.
has received numerous federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health
(NIMH) and the Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) 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 postvention programs in schools, the effect of youth suicide screening programs and the utility of telephone crisis services for teenagers, and has received grants funded from SAMHSA
to evaluate crisis hotline outcomes for adults.
also 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
(AFSP) to investigate the role of the media in the initiation of suicide clusters.
participation in numerous state and national government commissions include the 1978 President's Commission on Mental Health
and the Secretary of Health and Human Services' Task Force on Youth Suicide
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 also 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 (CDC) community response plan for suicide clusters in 1988 and recommendations to optimize media reporting of suicide in 1994, and was a member of an international workgroup, sponsored by the AFSP and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which updated these media recommendations in 2001.
Dr. Gould is also 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 Award in 2002, and the 2006 AFSP Research Award, and the New York State Suicide Prevention Center's Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award in 2011.