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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations Task Force

The task force was created to identify ways to improve the quality and timeliness of data on suicide deaths among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) populations. The task force completed its work in 2012, with the release of the revised National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, which includes information on this topic. 

Note: This group is no longer active. Titles and affiliations are from the time of membership and may have since changed.


  • Andrew Lane, Executive Director, Johnson Family Foundation (Private Sector)
  • Mikel L. Walters, PhD, Behavioral Scientist, Division of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Public Sector)


  • Alan Acosta, MS, Director of Strategic Initiatives, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
  • Amy Andre, MBA, MA, Co-author, Bisexual Health
  • Kellan Baker, MPH, MA, LGBT Health Policy Analyst, Center for American Progress
  • Thomas Bourdon, Director, Tufts University LGBT Center
  • Eliza Byard, PhD, Executive Director, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network
  • Michelle Carnes, PhD, Project Officer, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Sylvia Fisher, PhD, Director, Office of Research and Evaluation, Health Resource Services Administration
  • Ann Haas, PhD, Senior Project Specialist, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island GLBT Services Network
  • Effie Malley, MPA, National Center for the Study and Prevention of Youth Suicide, American Association of Suicidology
  • Nancy Martine-Alonzo, Director, Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board
  • Kathleen O’Leary, MSW, Women’s Program Acting Chief, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Philip A. Rutter, PhD, Asst. Professor, Counseling Psychologist, Widener University
  • Caitlin Ryan, PhD, Director, Family Acceptance Project
  • Lance Toma, MA, Executive Director, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center

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