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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 utilizing 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, MPH, Lead Behavioral 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, Chief Medical Officer, Division of Injury Prevention, 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
  • Pedro Martinez, MPH, Behavioral Scientist, Suicide Prevention Team, Division of Injury Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC, HHS
  • John F. McCarthy, PhD, MPH, Deputy Director, Data and Surveillance, Suicide Prevention, and Director, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center, 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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