Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC
Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, 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.
Currently, Dr. Gould leads the evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline), the national network of telephone crisis services. She has obtained NIMH support to evaluate an intervention implemented across the Lifeline, and SAMHSA has funded evaluations of the Lifeline for several years to inform ongoing improvement of suicide prevention hotline services, including its initiative to have crisis centers offer and provide clinical follow up to suicidal hotline callers and other suicidal individuals, including those referred for follow-up upon discharge from emergency department. Dr. Gould's research evaluating the Lifeline has vastly changed the landscape of suicide prevention efforts in the U.S. The Lifeline has emerged as a key component of a range of suicide prevention programs, largely due to her SAMHSA-funded evaluations starting in 2001 and continuing to the present. In contrast to the 2001 U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in which crisis hotlines were not mentioned at all, the 2010 National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention prominently references Lifeline and telephone crisis services an integral part of the national strategy. The Lifeline is prominently referenced in public awareness messaging campaigns and on federal-,community-, and advocacy-level information and referral documents and Websites, including the Army’s suicide prevention Web site (http://www.armyg1.army.mil/HR/suicide/default.asp). Given its role as a national “safety net,” her ongoing SAMHSA-funded research evaluating whether the Lifeline is meeting its goal to prevent at-risk individuals from engaging in suicidal behavior continues to be of the utmost clinical and public health relevance.
Chair, Roddy D. Brickell Memorial Colloquium, New York State Psychiatric Institute & Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons (2010 - present)
Faculty member, Child Psychiatry Research Fellows Training Program
Supervisor, Child Psychiatry Research Fellows
Supervisor, Child Psychiatry Clinical Fellows
Sponsor, Ph.D. candidates
Sponsor, DrPH candidates
Sponsor, Masters candidates