In A Nutshell
How do we as a society find a solution to curb rising teen suicide rates? Cheryl King’s research points at the importance of involving familiar and trustworthy adults who care and connect with struggling teens.
Cheryl King uses evidence-based practices, assessment, and intervention to develop an adaptive suicide risk screen that can be disseminated nationwide. She is currently Principal Investigator of multiple National Institutes of Mental Health-funded projects including “Emergency Department Screen for Teens at Risk for Suicide”, “Electronic Bridge to Mental Health for College Students”, and “24-Hour Risk for Suicide Attempts in a National Cohort of Adolescents”. A clinical psychologist, educator and research mentor, Cheryl has served as Director of Psychology Training and Chief Psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry, and has twice received the Teacher of the Year Award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is the lead author of Teen Suicide Risk: A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. Cheryl has provided testimony in the US Senate on youth suicide prevention and is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Cheryl is a member of the National Advisory Mental Health Council.