• Curriculum Vitae

  • VITA April 2021

  • About Me

  • I am an associate professor at the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work. My research and scholarship center on suicide assessment, intervention, and prevention. I am especially interested in individuals' perceptions of, and reactions to, their suicidal thoughts. I also have looked at suicidal individuals' help-seeking and mental health service use; reviewed the assessment of suicidal intent; and helped develop psychometric instruments to assess suicidality and related risk factors. I authored the book Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals, and I created and maintain the website SpeakingOfSuicide.com. I currently writing a book for loved ones of people with suicidal thoughts or behavior.

    I teach courses related to counseling and assessment: Suicide Assessment and Interventions, Assessment of Mental Health in Adults (what students commonly call "the DSM course"), Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, and Clinical Social Work Theory and Practice. I also developed and teach a course called Social Justice Challenges in Mental Health Practice.

    In addition to being a researcher and educator, I am a clinical social worker (licensed in Colorado). I started a small psychotherapy and consulting practice in Denver in 2012. Before that, my clinical work occurred primarily in psychiatric emergency settings, including suicide hotlines, emergency rooms, and hospitals. I also worked for two years as a psychotherapist for adult survivors of sexual abuse. Occasionally, I provide expert consultation to attorneys for suicide malpractice cases.

    I have worked at the University Denver Graduate School of Social Work since 2005, first as an assistant professor and then, starting in 2009, as an associate professor.

  • Social work links

  • Society for Social Work and Research
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • GSSW, University of Denver
  • Helping the Suicidal Person

  • Helping the Suicidal Person

    My book Helping the Suicidal Person: Tips and Techniques for Professionals was published by Routledge/Taylor & Francis in September 2017. 

    The book contains 89 practical tips for treating a suicidal person, from start to finish. 

    You can see the table of contents here.


  • Feeling low?

  • A national hotline
    A national hotline


    My primary research and practice interests center on suicide prevention. For that reason, I'm including a number you can call (above) if you want to talk to a trained suicide prevention counselor about your own - or another person's - suicidal thoughts or actions.

  • Suicide prevention and research links

  • Speaking of Suicide: A site for suicidal individuals and their loved ones, mental health professionals, suicide survivors, and the merely curious

    I created this site to provide down-to-earth information to anyone who might be affected by suicide or related issues: www.speakingofsuicide.com

  • American Association of Suicidology
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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