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Dr. Joan Asarnow is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and Director of a SAMHSA-funded Center for Trauma-Informed Suicide, Self-Harm, and Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention (ASAP Center, with Co-Director Dr. David-Goldston) which offers training, consultation, and technical assistance on trauma-informed approaches to evaluation and treatment for reducing suicide and self-harm risk. Dr. Asarnow directs the UCLA Youth Stress and Mood Program, a depression and suicide prevention program with clinical, educational, and research components. Dr. Asarnow has led efforts to develop and disseminate evidence-based treatments for youth suicide and suicide attempt prevention and depression, and integrated medical-behavioral healthcare.
She received the 2017 Research Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for her work developing and evaluating treatment and service delivery strategies for youths suffering with suicidal and self-harm behaviors and the 2020 Distinguished Career Award from the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Two programs developed by Dr. Asarnow were listed in the National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs (SAMHSA): 1) SAFETY-A/the Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention, a crisis treatment for youths after a suicidal/self-harm episode; and 2) Depression Treatment Quality Improvement, an evidence-based depression treatment program that has been integrated within primary care, mental health, and other settings. Dr. Asarnow has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and other organisations. She currently serves on the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation.
Links on the ACAMH Website
“Suicide and self‐harm: advancing from science to preventing deaths” by Joan Asarnow