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Data and Surveillance Task Force

This task force was created to guide Action Alliance efforts addressing suicide-related data collection and surveillance. Current objectives include:

  • Linking national data systems to improve the quality, specificity, and accuracy of suicide-related data
  • Promoting uniform reporting on suicide through the use of Using standard language and definitions of self-harm and suicidal thoughts
  • Improving access to timely suicide-related data

Task force recommendations for improving national data systems for the surveillance of suicide-related events were presented in a 2014 report published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Task Force Members

Co-Leads

  • Cindy Claassen, PhD, Clinical Psychologist & Director of Research & Education, JPS Behavioral Health (Private Sector)    
  • Kristin Holland, PhD, Health Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Public Sector)

Members

  • Alexander Crosby, MD, MPH, Branch Chief, Surveillance Branch, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD, Vice President of Research, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Holly Hedegaard, MD, MSPH, Injury Epidemiologist, National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), CDC, HHS
  • Rani A. Hoff, PhD, MPH, Acting Director for Research, Suicide Prevention Program, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Terrence Hubert, PhD, Health Systems Specialist, Suicide Prevention Program, Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, Chief, Suicide Prevention Branch, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
     
  • Jane Pearson, PhD, Chair, Suicide Research Consortium, Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
  • Scott K. Proescholdbell, MPH, Injury Epidemiologist and Surveillance Unit Manager, Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Kristen Quinlan, PhD, Senior Research Associate, Education Development Center
  • Michael Schoenbaum, PhD, Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics, NIMH
  • Patricia Smith, MS, RD, Violence Prevention Program Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Brady Stephens, MS, Director of Data Analytics and Informatics, Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention, Canandaigua VA Medical Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Margaret Warner, PhD, Injury Epidemiologist, NCHS, CDC, HHS

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