Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW
A nationally recognized leader in the field of suicide prevention, Jerry Reed, PhD, is an EDC senior vice president for practice leadership. Through advocacy, authorship, and effective program leadership, he has raised awareness about suicide as a leading cause of death and driven public policy changes at the state and national levels.
Reed works closely with EDC's Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention body of work working closely with project directors overseeing the Zero Suicide Institute, the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and the Children's Safety Network. Until 2017, Reed directed the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which has been operated by EDC since 2002.
An outspoken advocate of the importance of both a public health and mental health approach to injury, violence, and suicide prevention, Reed serves on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, has testified before the U.S. Congress, and speaks frequently both nationally and internationally.
Reed has a PhD in health-related sciences, with an emphasis in gerontology, from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore. He served in the United States Navy during the period 1974-1978.