Meet the JED Advisory Board
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, Professor of Medical Psychology at CUMC
Anne Marie Albano, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical psychologist, board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in Psychiatry. She is the founder of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) and has spent her career focused on developing and testing effective therapies for youth.
Michael Anestis, PhD, Executive Director of New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center
Michael Anestis, PhD, is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Gun Violence Research Center and an Associate Professor of Urban and Global Public Health at Rutgers University. His work focuses on suicide prevention, with a particular focus on the role of firearms. His book, Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic, was published by Oxford University Press in 2018 and that same year, he was awarded the Edwin Shneidman Award by the American Association of Suicidology.
Catherine Barber, MPA, Senior Researcher, Harvard Injury Control Research Center; Director, Means Matter
Catherine Barber, MPA, is a senior researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Injury Research Center where she led the effort to design and test the prototype for the CDC’s National Violent Death Reporting System. Areas of expertise include building injury surveillance systems and using data from those systems to inform prevention strategies, particularly for suicide. She is the founding director of Means Matter, which advances research and interventions aimed at reducing a suicidal person’s access to highly lethal suicide methods. A hallmark of Means Matter is bringing gun owners and suicide prevention groups together to collaborate on local solutions. Barber was the lead writer (with Elaine Frank) of the original CALM-Online (Counseling on Access to Lethal Means), co-founded the nation’s first Gun Shop Project, and wrote the first suicide prevention module for firearm instructors.
Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Adjunct Clinical Faculty Stanford Medical School, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Celeste Birkhofer, PhD, PsyD, is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Northern California, and an Adjunct Clinical Faculty member at Stanford Medical School, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. Birkhofer has over thirty years of experience providing therapy, teaching, and supervising other clinicians and students in training. She has extensive experience in a variety of modalities and believes in individualizing treatment to meet the unique needs of each patient. Birkhofer facilitates grief groups for people who have lost a loved one to suicide, combining both her personal and professional experience with grief and loss. Birkhofer is passionate about reducing stigma related to suicide and mental health problems with increasing compassion and education, improving access to mental health services, and making mental and emotional health one of our highest priorities.
Louise A. Douce, PhD, JED Subject Matter Expert, retired from Ohio State University as Assistant Vice President of Student Life
Louise A. Douce, PhD, is a specialist in college student mental health and has been active in college and university psychology for the past 40 years. She has published and presented in the areas of career development for women, multicultural competency with a special focus on LGBT issues, sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking. She has served on the APA Board of Directors, Council of Representatives, Finance Committee, and is a past chair of the APA Board of Educational Affairs. Douce received her graduate degree in counseling psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1977. She joined the Counseling and Consultation Service at The Ohio State University where she served as Director from 1987-2010 and retired as Assistant Vice President of Student Life in 2012. She maintained a part-time independent practice until 2019 and currently serves in consulting roles.
Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Management, and Director of the Healthy Minds Network
Daniel Eisenberg, PhD, is Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he moved in summer 2020 after spending the first 16 years of his faculty career at University of Michigan. His training is in economics (BA and PhD, Stanford University) and mental health services research (NIMH postdoc, UC Berkeley). His broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively in the mental health of young people. He directs the Healthy Minds Network (HMN) for Research on Adolescent and Young Adult Mental Health (www.healthymindsnetwork.org). This research network administers the Healthy Minds Study, a national survey study of student mental health and related factors, and facilitates the development, testing, and dissemination of innovative programs and interventions for student mental health. Eisenberg is currently writing a book about investments in children’s mental health, in collaboration with Ramesh Raghavan.
Helen H. Hsu PsyD, Clinical Psychologist
Helen H. Hsu, PsyD, is Past President of the Asian American Psychological Association. She is a bi-lingual (Mandarin) staff psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. Hsu began her career in campus youth mental health serving public schools in the cities of Oakland and Fremont, CA. She has been a clinical supervisor, consultant, and trainer since 2001. Hsu completed a three-year term on the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns (2011-14) and is current Chair of the APA Minority Fellowship Program Training Advisory Committee. Her work focuses upon culturally responsive campus mental health services, grief and bereavement support, and mentoring and developing culturally responsive leaders in psychology.
Jennifer B. Jackson, LCSW-R, MSW, Psychotherapist and CEO of Safe Space Therapy Services
Jennifer B. Jackson, LCSW-R, MSW, is the CEO and Senior Psychotherapist of Safe Space Therapy Services, LCSW, PLLC. Jackson is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker and became a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in 2015. Also, Jackson is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional (CEAP) and a New York State Impaired Driver Provider. Jackson received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the State University of New York at Albany. She has over twenty four years of combined clinical and managerial experience in hospital-based, forensic, outpatient mental health clinic settings and chemical dependency programs. Jackson’s treatment mantra is “Healing is the Only Option.” Safe Space Therapy Services, LCSW, PLLC provides psycho-social assessments, individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and EAP services.
David A. Jobes, PhD, Professor of Psychology
David A. Jobes, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Suicide Prevention Laboratory at The Catholic University of America. He has published six books and numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and he is the recipient of various awards for his scientific work including the 1995 AAS “Shneidman Award” (early career contribution to suicidology), the 2012 AAS “Dublin Award” (for career contributions in suicidology), and the 2016 AAS “Linehan Award” (for suicide treatment research). Jobes is a Board Member of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and serves on AFSP’s Scientific Council and the Public Policy Council. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and is Board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology). Jobes maintains a private clinical and consulting practice in Washington DC.
Shashank V. Joshi, MD, FAAP, DFAACAP
Shashank V. Joshi, MD, is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and Co-chair of the AACAP Committee on Schools. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Project Safety Net Palo Alto, the Advisory Boards of the National Center on School Mental Health (NCSMH), and a member of the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup for the State of California. He has been the recipient of numerous awards in teaching and public service. Dr. Joshi’s scholarly work focuses on school mental health, suicide prevention in school settings, cultural aspects of pediatric health, doctor-parent-teacher collaboration in medical care, and well-being promotion in youth and young adults. He is the lead author of the K12 Toolkit for Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention used by the California Department of Education, and co-editor of the recent book Partnerships for Mental Health: A Guide to Community and Academic Collaboration [Philadelphia, Springer (2015)].
Amy Kennedy, Education Director, Kennedy Forum
Amy Kennedy is the Education Director of The Kennedy Forum where she pursues partnerships and collaborations that emphasize evidence-based research and programming to facilitate policy change in the areas of education and mental health. With over 15 years of experience working in public schools, Amy has seen first-hand how a child’s mental health and mental health literacy impacts their ability to learn and grow—not only in the classroom, but in life. Amy serves on the boards of Mental Health America, a leading national advocacy organization, and Parity.org, which promotes gender parity at the highest levels of business. She is an advisory board member of Interaxon, a mental health technology company; and Brain Futures Amy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Science in Environmental Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Michael Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research/Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies/Aspen Health Innovators Fellow
Michael A. Lindsey, PhD, MSW, MPH, is a noted scholar in the fields of child and adolescent mental health, as well as a leader in the search for knowledge and solutions to generational poverty and inequality. He is the Executive Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University (NYU), the Constance and Martin Silver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work, and an Aspen Health Innovators Fellow. Lindsey also co-leads a university-wide Strategies to Reduce Inequality initiative at the NYU McSilver Institute, as well as a working group of experts supporting the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Taskforce on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice (NAP) in Social Work, and serves on the editorial boards of the journals Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research; Psychiatric Services; and School Mental Health.
Eran Magen, PhD, CEO of Circles of Support
Eran Magen, PhD, applies his deep expertise in psychological research, education, and relationships to help large organizations reduce rates of burnout/crisis and improve relational/communication skills. Magen earned his in PhD in psychology from Stanford University and completed postdoctoral training in population health as a Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholar. Magen’s work has been published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals including Psychological Science, Emotion, and Academic Pediatrics, as well as in popular outlets such as the Gold Foundation blog.
Kurt D. Michael, MS, PhD, Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Kurt Michael, MS, PhD, is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University. He was trained at the University of Colorado–Boulder, Utah State University, and Duke University Medical Center. Michael’s primary areas of research are mental health in K-12 schools, adolescent suicidology, and rural healthcare. Michael is the Editor of The Handbook of Rural School Mental Health (Springer) and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Mental Health. In 2014, Michael was honored for his long-term service to North Carolina as the Board of Governors recipient of the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service. Michael is a Licensed Psychologist and consults with agencies on a national level regarding the development of suicide prevention protocols for public K-12 schools. He also serves as a consultant for Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Care.
Matthew R. Mock, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Matthew R. Mock, PhD, has maintained a longstanding private clinical and consulting practice in Berkeley, California. He is also a professor of psychology teaching the “next generation” of diverse mental health providers. Mock has had a dedicated career, spanning decades, in addressing mental health concerns in the California Bay Area and beyond with an emphasis on community mental health, multiculturalism and diversity, ethnic families, and cultural competence in service delivery. Mock was the Director of the Family, Youth, Children’s, and Multicultural Service for the City of Berkeley Mental Health Division for over 20 years, and went on to serve as the Director for the Center of Multicultural Development with the California Institute for Mental Health. As a speaker and an accomplished author, he has humbly received numerous awards and special commendations such as the Cultural and Economic Diversity Award from the Family Therapy Academy and the California Statewide Cultural Competence Award from the Department of Mental Health. In 2019, Mock was presented a lifetime Distinguished Contributions Award from the national Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA).
Pamela A. Morris, PhD, Professor of Applied Psychology
Pamela Morris, PhD, is a Professor of Applied Psychology at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Morris’ research lies at the intersection of developmental psychology, policy, and education. Current work includes a $5M IES-funded partnership with NYCs Department of Education to support their historic expansion of Universal Pre-k, and a $5.5M NIH-funded trial of a tiered primary/secondary parenting intervention within the population-scalable pediatric care platform. Complementing her research with institutional leadership, Morris oversaw 300 faculty in 11 Departments and $39 in annual research expenditures as Vice Dean and Interim Dean at NYU Steinhardt from 2015-2020. A former William T. Grant scholar, Morris served as lead editor of the Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness and a member of the National Academy of Science’s Board on Children, Youth, and Families. She received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University.
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, Founding Director, McLean College Mental Health Program/Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical Schools
Stephanie Pinder-Amaker, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in college student mental health treatment, administration, and policy. She is the founding director of McLean Hospital’s College Mental Health Program, a unique initiative serving students from over 200 institutions of higher education, providing student-focused treatment; consultation to students, parents, and college professionals, and nonprofits; and related research. Pinder-Amaker lectures and conducts workshops throughout the country on strengthening continuity of care, bolstering communication between campus- and community-based systems, eliminating barriers to mental health treatment, and bettering support for marginalized students. She is a member of the WHO World Mental Health International College Student Initiative, and has published on the prevalence and distribution of mental disorders among college students and the integration of student concerns into traditional models of care.
Anthony R. Pisani, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics, University of Rochester
Tony Pisani, PhD, is a longtime admirer of The Jed Foundation and pleased to serve on the Advisory Board. Pisani’s career is devoted to preventing suicide and promoting strength, recovery, and wellbeing. Pisani is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and the Founder of SafeSide Prevention. His research spans the suicide prevention continuum: upstream (enhancing school and community-based prevention with technology); healthcare (educational innovations to support Zero Suicide); and crisis and treatment intervention for individuals at greatest risk.
Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW, President of the American Association of Suicidology
Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW is President of the American Association of Suicidology, Associate Professor of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago, and author of 70+ publications, including the 2015 Routledge text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide. He is an NASW Expert, Healio Psychiatry Peer Perspective Board member, and is on several national youth advisory boards including Sandy Hook Promise and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Dr. Singer is interested in the interpersonal mechanisms that protect against or contribute to youth suicidal risk within families; how and why parents access services for their suicidal children; how to improve school responsiveness to youth suicide crises; and how technologies such as podcasts and social media sites can be used to disseminate information about prevention and intervention of youth suicidal behaviors, cyberbullying, and social work education and training. He is the founder and host of the award-winning Social Work Podcast, the first podcast by and for social workers.
Barbara Stanley, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University
Barbara Stanley, PhD, is a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation (SP-TIE) program in the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a Research Scientist in the Division of Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research focuses on all aspects of suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury and borderline personality disorder including assessment and intervention with suicidal individuals, clinical factors relevant to suicidal behavior and self-injury, and neurobiological and biobehavioral influences on suicidal behavior. Stanley also oversees the development of suicide prevention training for clinicians throughout New York State. With her colleague, Dr. Gregory Brown, she developed the Safety Planning Intervention that is used throughout the United States and internationally. Stanley is editor-in-chief of the Archives of Suicide Research journal, she has authored, edited, and co-written hundreds of publications, and she has received several awards for her research and leadership in the field.
Altha Stewart, MD, Past President of the American Psychiatric Association and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Altha J. Stewart, MD, has held several leadership roles at the American Psychiatric Association, including secretary of APA, past president of the APA Foundation, chair of the APA Conflict of Interest Committee, and chair of the Minority Fellowship Selection Committee. Dr. Stewart previously served as Executive Director for Just Care Family Network, Memphis’ federally funded System of Care program for children with serious emotional disorders and their families. Additionally, Dr. Stewart was Director of Systems of Care for the Shelby County Office of the Public Defender. Prior to this she served as Executive Director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Center for Mental Health Services funded National Leadership Council on African-American Behavioral Health. Earlier in her career, Dr. Stewart served as Executive Director of Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, one of the largest public mental health systems in the U.S. Dr. Stewart is currently an associate professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Daphne C. Watkins, PhD, Professor and Director, Vivian A. and James L. Curtis Center for Health Equity Research and Training
Daphne C. Watkins, PhD, cultivates a deeper understanding of the influence of gender role socialization on health over the life course for marginalized men. Her research focuses on (1) the social determinants of health that explain within-group differences for men; (2) evidence-based strategies to improve the mental health of men; and (3) the intersection of age, culture, and gender. Watkins has received federal and foundation funding for her research and has produced several publications on men’s health and how social determinants and gender dynamics place men at high risk for poor health. She serves on committees and advisory boards aimed at improving men’s health domestically and globally. Watkins is the Founding Director of the Gender and Health Research Lab and the Young Black Men, Masculinities, and Mental Health (YBMen) project. She teaches advanced graduate courses on research methods, program evaluation, theory, and community-based interventions at the University of Michigan.
Khadijah Booth Watkins MD, MPH, Associate Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital and Associate Director for The Clay Center For Young Healthy Minds
Khadijah Booth Watkins, MD, MPH, is the Associate Director for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program of Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and McLean Hospital and the Associate Director for The Clay Center For Young Healthy Minds. Dr. Watkins received her Bachelor of Science from Xavier University of Louisiana, Medical Degree from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine and Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; emphasis on healthcare and hospital policy. Dr. Watkins completed General Psychiatry Residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Hospital combined program of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College and a two-year Public Psychiatry Fellowship at Columbia University. Dr. Watkins has presented locally and nationally on topics related to anxiety, school refusal, parenting, diversity, and inclusions.
Peter A. Wyman, PhD, Professor at University of Rochester School of Medicine
Peter A. Wyman, PhD, is Professor and Academic Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Rochester School of Medicine. Wyman has devoted his career to developing, testing, and implementing population oriented preventive interventions for suicide, depression and substance use. A key theme is leveraging natural change agents to strengthen health across a network. Wyman has developed ‘network health’ interventions for diverse populations ranging from adolescents in rural communities to emerging adults (Air Force trainees) with funding from NIH, CDC, and DoD. Wyman also focuses on methods for testing of community-based prevention programs that address scientific needs for rigor and community needs to address sensitive problems such as suicidal behavior. Wyman served as topic expert consultant to the NIMH/National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. He co-chairs the New York State Governor’s Suicide Prevention Task Force, and served on the US-Air Force Suicide Prevention Solutions Working Group (2017-2019).