Jill Harkavy-Friedman, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)

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Jill M. Harkavy Friedman, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology, in Psychiatry at Columbia University. She is a co-principal investigator on a project of the Conte Neuroscience Center for the Study of the Neurobiology of Suicidal behavior and an investigator for the Clinical Evaluation Core of that Center. She is the Director for Diagnosis and Assessment for the Lieber Center for Research in Schizophrenia.

Dr. Harkavy Friedman is a past grant recipient from the National Institute of Mental Health and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for the study of suicidal behavior in schizophrenia. Dr. Harkavy Friedman was involved in the development of the Diagnostic Interview for Genetic Studies, the current primary diagnostic interview for psychiatric genetic studies. Dr. Harkavy Friedman's primary focus has been on suicidal behavior among adolescents and adults as well as psychiatric diagnosis and assessment and research methodology.

Dr. Harkavy Friedman graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and received her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Florida. She completed her clinical internship at Yale University-Yale New Haven Hospital in 1984. Dr. Harkavy Friedman is on the Scientific Advisory Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She is an investigator on several NIMH funded research grants studying suicidal behavior as well as those studying schizophrenia. She has authored or co-authored over 90 articles, reviews and chapters and is a reviewer for several psychiatric journals. She is Director of Curriculum for the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry Research Fellowships and teaches the Research Methodology Course for the Psychiatric Fellowships at Columbia University. In 2003 Dr. Harkavy Friedman received the Alexander Gralnick award from the American Association for Suicidology. She is a member if the American Psychological Association, American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Psychopathological Association.

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)


  • Female


Primary research interests include psychiatric diagnosis and assessment in major mental illness, research methodology and suicide. The current research includes: 1) Project co-PI and Investigator in the CCNMD: The Neurobiology of Suicide; 2) Co-investigator and Director of Diagnosis and Assessment for the CCNMD for Schizophrenia; and 3) Director of Diagnosis and Assessment for the Lieber Center for Studies in Schizophrenia. Major activities include consultation to the above groups as well as throughout NYSPI regarding methodological and diagnostic and assessment issues.

Selected Publications

  • Harkavy Friedman, JM, Asnis, GM.: Assessment of suicidal behavior: A new instrument. . Psych. Annals 1989;19: 382-387
  • Harkavy-Friedman JM, Restifo K, Malaspina D, Kaufmann CA, Amador XF, Yale SA, Gorman JM.: Suicidal Behavior in Schizophrenia: Characteristics of individuals who had and had not attempted suicide. . American Journal of Psychiatry 1999;156: 1276-1278
  • Harkavy-Friedman JM, Nelson EA, Venarde DF, JM, Mann JJ. : Suicidal behavior in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder: Examining the role of depression. . Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 2003;34: 66-76
  • Harkavy-Friedman JM, Kimhy D, Nelson EA, Venarde, DF, Malaspina D, Mann, JJ. : Suicide attempts in schizophrenia: The role of command auditory hallucinations for suicide. . Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 2004;64: 871-874
  • Harkavy-Friedman JM, Keilp JG, Grunebaum MF, Sher L, Printz D, Burke AK, Mann JJ, Oquendo M.: Are bipolar I and bipolar II suicide attempters distinct neuropsychologically. . Journal of Affective Disorders 2007;94: 255-259