Madelyn Gould, PH.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology (in Psychiatry)
Deputy Director of Research Training Program in Child Psychiatry,
Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute
Madelyn Gould, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions.
Dr. Gould has received numerous federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIMH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for studies examining risk factors for teenage suicide, various aspects of cluster suicides, the impact of the media on suicide, the effect of a peer’s suicide on fellow students, suicide postvention programs in schools, the effect of youth suicide screening programs, the utility of telephone crisis services. She also received a W.T. Grant Faculty Scholar’s Award to examine psychosocial risk factors for teenage suicide and a Distinguished Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to investigate the role of the media in the initiation of suicide clusters. Her participation in numerous state and national government commissions include the 1978 President’s Commission on Mental Health and the Secretary of Health and Human Services’ Task Force on Youth Suicide in 1989.
In addition, she authored the chapter on youth suicide prevention for the Surgeon General’s 1999 National Suicide Prevention Strategy, and served as a leadership consultant for the Surgeon General’s Leadership Working Group for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy. Dr. Gould was also a founding member of the New York State Suicide Prevention Council and has been actively engaged in the development of the suicide prevention plan for New York State. She contributed to the Center for Disease Control’s community response plan for suicide clusters (1988) and recommendations to optimize media reporting of suicide (1994), and was a member of an international workgroup, sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, which updated these media recommendations in 2001.
The recipient of the Shneidman Award for Research from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in 1991, the New York State Office of Mental Health Research Award in 2002,the 2006 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Award, the New York State Suicide Prevention Center’s Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award in 2011, and the 2013 Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), Dr. Gould has a strong commitment to applying her research to program and policy development.
Undergraduate: Brooklyn College, B.S., 1972
Graduate: Princeton University, M.A., 1974
Medical School: Columbia University School of Public Health, M.P.H., 1976
Doctoral Degree: Columbia University, PH.D., 1980
Fellowship: Columbia University, Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program, 1976 - 1979
• Child psychiatry
NYS Psychiatric Institute
Room 245 Annex Unit/Box:72
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
My long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of suicide prevention interventions.
1. Gould MS, Greenberg T, Velting D, Shaffer D: Youth suicide risk and preventive interventions: A review of the past 10 years. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2003;42(4): 386-405
2. Gould MS, Marrocco FA, Kleinman M, Thomas JG, Mostkoff K, Cote J, Davies M: Evaluating Iatrogenic Risk of Suicide Screening Programs: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American Medical Association 2005;293(13): 1635-1643
3. Gould MS, Kalafat J, Munfakh JLH, Kleinman M: An evaluation of crisis hotline outcomes, Part II: Suicidal Callers. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 2007;37(3): 338-352
4. Gould MS, Marrocco FA, Hoagwood K, Kleinman M, Amakawa L, Altschuler E. : Service use by at-risk youth after school-based suicide screening. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2009;48(12): 1193-1201
5. Gould, M.S., Munfakh, J.L.H., Kleinman, M., Lake, A. : National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Enhancing mental healthcare for suicidal individuals and other people in crisis.. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 2012;42 (1): 122-35