Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, MA

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Academic Appointments

  • Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology (in Psychiatry) at CUMC

Madelyn Gould, PhD, MPH, is an Irving Philips Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). She directs a research unit within the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and NYSPI. Her long-standing research interests include the epidemiology of youth suicide, as well as the evaluation of youth suicide prevention interventions. During the past three decades, she has received continuous federal funding from the National Institute of Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for her research in the area of suicide prevention. Her seminal articles on youth suicide risk and preventive interventions laid the groundwork for the development of state- and national-level suicide prevention programs. Current projects focus on the evaluation of suicide prevention strategies, including telephone crisis services, chat crisis services, continuity of care enhancements in EDs, and youth suicide screening programs. She is also studying suicide risks related to bullying, contagion, and modeling, and the effect of a peer’s suicide on fellow students.

With a strong commitment to applying her research to program and policy development, Dr. Gould has participated in state and U.S. national government commissions and served as a leadership consultant for the Surgeon General’s Leadership Working Group for the National Suicide Prevention Strategy, contributed to the CDC’s community response plan for suicide clusters and recommendations to optimize media reporting of suicide, and has been a member of national and international workgroups updating these media recommendations, Dr. Gould was a founding member of the New York State Suicide-Prevention Council, and helped organize the New York State Summit on Suicide Prevention

Dr. Gould has been the recipient of numerous awards, a few of which include the Shneidman Award for Research from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in 1991, the New York State Office of Mental Health (NYSOMH) Research Award in 2002, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Award, in 2006, the New York State Suicide Prevention Center’s Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award in 2011, the 2013 Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), which is a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention, and the 2015 Dave Nee Foundation Ray of Light Award.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MA, Psychology, Princeton University
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • PhD, Epidemiology, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, NY
  • Fellowship: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Honors & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa (awarded at the end of the Junior Year)
Sigma Xi
B.S. with Honors in Psychology
B.S. (Summa Cum Laude)
Ph.D. with Distinction
W.T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award
Edwin A. Shneidman Award, American Association of Suicidology (for outstanding research contributions in the field of suicidology by a young investigator)
Distinguished Investigator Grant Award, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
New York State Office of Mental Health 2002 Research Award
Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award, Suicide Prevention Center of New York (SPCNY)
Louis I. Dublin Award, American Association of Suicidology (lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention)
Dave Nee Foundation Ray of Light Award

Research

Currently, Dr. Gould leads the evaluation of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Lifeline), the national network of telephone crisis services. She has obtained NIMH support to evaluate an intervention implemented across the Lifeline, and SAMHSA has funded evaluations of the Lifeline for several years to inform ongoing improvement of suicide prevention hotline services, including its initiative to have crisis centers offer and provide clinical follow up to suicidal hotline callers and other suicidal individuals, including those referred for follow-up upon discharge from emergency department. Dr. Gould's research evaluating the Lifeline has vastly changed the landscape of suicide prevention efforts in the U.S. The Lifeline has emerged as a key component of a range of suicide prevention programs, largely due to her SAMHSA-funded evaluations starting in 2001 and continuing to the present.  In contrast to the 2001 U.S. National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in which crisis hotlines were not mentioned at all, the 2010 National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention prominently references Lifeline and telephone crisis services an integral part of the national strategy.  The Lifeline is prominently referenced in public awareness messaging campaigns and on federal-,community-, and advocacy-level information and referral documents and Websites, including the Army’s suicide prevention Web site (http://www.armyg1.army.mil/HR/suicide/default.asp). Given its role as a national “safety net,” her ongoing SAMHSA-funded research evaluating whether the Lifeline is meeting its goal to prevent at-risk individuals from engaging in suicidal behavior continues to be of the utmost clinical and public health relevance.

Research Interests

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Epidemiology
  • Suicide prevention

Grants

TEXTING IN CRISIS: HELP-SEEKING, COPING, AND TRUSTED ADULT RESOURCES OF SUICIDAL YOUTH WHO CONTACT T (Private)

Jan 1 2017 - Dec 31 2018

OPTIMIZING YOUTH SUICIDE RISK SCREENING IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT (Federal Gov)

Jan 1 2015 - Jun 30 2018

OUTCOMES IN CALLERS TO THE VA S 24/7 VETERANS CRISIS LINE (Federal Gov)

Sep 19 2012 - Jan 31 2016

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION EVALUATION (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2014 - Sep 14 2015

EFFECTIVENESS TRIAL OF YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION DELIVERED BY TEEN PEER LEADERS (Federal Gov)

Jul 28 2010 - Feb 28 2015

SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE EVALUATION (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2009 - Sep 29 2013

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE EVALUATION CONTINUATION (Federal Gov)

Apr 1 2010 - Sep 29 2010

NATIONAL SUICIDE PRECENTION HOTLINE EVALUATION (Federal Gov)

Nov 1 2009 - Mar 31 2010

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE EVALUATION (Federal Gov)

Sep 30 2008 - Mar 30 2010

Selected Publications

  • Bailey, E., Spittal, M.J., Pirkis, J., Gould, M., & Robinson, J. (2017). Universal suicide prevention in young people. Crisis, 38(5), 300–308. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000465
  • Cross, W.F., Chen, T., Schmeelk-Cone, K., Tu, X., Kleinman, M., & Gould, M.S. (2017). Trainer fidelity as a predictor of crisis counselors' behaviors with callers who express suicidal thoughts. Psychiatric Services, 68(10), 1083–1087. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201600417
  • Davaasambuu, S., Batbaatar, S., Witte, S., Hamid, P., Oquendo, M.A., Kleinman, M., Olivares, M., & Gould, M. (2017). Suicidal plans and attempts among adolescents in Mongolia. Crisis. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1027/0227-5910/a000447​​​​​​​
  • Gould, M.S., Lake, A.M., Galfalvy, H., Kleinman, M., Munfakh, J.L., Wright, J., & McKeon, R. (2017). Follow-up with callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Evaluation of callers' perceptions of care. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12339
  • Ghoncheh, R., Gould, M.S., Twisk, J.W., Kerkhof, A.J., & Koot, H.M. (2016). Efficacy of adolescent suicide prevention E-learning modules for gatekeepers: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) Mental Health, 3(1), e8. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4614
  • Gould, M.S., Lake, A.M., Munfakh, J.L., Galfalvy, H., Kleinman, M., Williams, C., Glass, A., & McKeon, R. (2016). Helping callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline who are at imminent risk of suicide: Evaluation of caller risk profiles and interventions implemented. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 46(2), 172–190. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12182
  • Niederkrotenthaler, T., Tinghög, P., Goldman-Mellor, S., Wilcox, H.C., Gould. M., & Mittendorfer-Rutz, E. (2016). Medical and social determinants of subsequent labour market marginalization in young hospitalized suicide attempters. PLOS ONE, 11(1), e0146130. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146130
  • Labouliere, C.D., Kleinman, M., & Gould, M.S. (2015). When self-reliance is not safe: Associations between reduced help-seeking and subsequent mental health symptoms in suicidal adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 12(4), 3741–3755. doi: 10.3390/ijerph120403741.
  • McLoughlin, A.B., Gould, M.S., & Malone, K.M. (2015). Global trends in teenage suicide: 2003–2014. QJM, 108(10)765–780. doi: 10.1093/qjmed/hcv026
  • Gould, M.S., Kleinman, M.H., Lake, A.M., Forman, J., & Basset Midle, J. (2014). Newspaper coverage of suicide and initiation of suicide clusters in teenagers in the USA, 1988–96: A retrospective, population-based, case-control study. Lancet Psychiatry, 1(1), 34–43. doi: 10.1016/S2215-0366(14)70225-1
  • Gould, M.S., Cross, W., Pisani, A.R., Munfakh, J.L., & Kleinman, M. (2013). Impact of Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43(6), 676–691. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12049
  • Gould, M.S., Munfakh, J.L.H., Kleinman, M., & Lake, A.M. (2012). National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Enhancing mental health care for suicidal individuals and other people in crisis. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42(1), 22–35. doi: 10.1111/j.1943-278X.2011.00068.x
  • Gould, M.S., Marrocco, F.A., Hoagwood, K., Kleinman, M., Amakawa, L., & Altschuler, E. (2009). Service use by at-risk youth after school-based suicide screening. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 48(12), 1193–1201. doi: 10.1097/CHI.0b013e3181bef6d5
  • Gould, M.S., Kalafat, J., Munfakh, J.L.H., & Kleinman, M. (2007). An evaluation of crisis hotline outcomes, Part II: Suicidal callers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 37(3), 338–352. doi: 10.1521/suli.2007.37.3.338
  • Gould, M.S., Marrocco, F.A., Kleinman, M., Thomas, J.G., Mostkoff, K., Cote, J., & Davies, M. (2005). Evaluating iatrogenic risk of suicide screening programs: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 293(13), 1635–1643. doi: 10.1001/jama.293.13.1635