Rudd Elected President Of Suicidology Association

Jan. 24, 2002

by Judy Long

Dr. David Rudd, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University and director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology, has been elected president of the American Association of Suicidology, an organization targeting suicide prevention worldwide.

"I see this as a unique opportunity to play a leadership role in advancing the cause of suicide prevention, both nationally and internationally," Rudd said.

Rudd graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in psychology and earned his master's degree and doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin. He was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship to study cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia from 1994-96.

He currently serves as chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists and served as chief of the psychotherapy section at Scott and White Hospital in Temple from 1993-99. He was recently appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at San Antonio's Wilford Hall Medical Center, the Air Force's largest clinical psychology internship program, and was named as a fellow at the Stanford Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Rudd recently published the well-received book, Treating Suicidal Behavior, which has gained considerable attention around the world as a resource for health professionals dealing with suicide issues. The author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, he also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, International Journal of Occupational and Mental Health and Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, American Association for Behavior Therapy, American Association of Suicidology and the International Association of Cognitive Therapy. He has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee of the Suicide Research Center at the Las Vegas School of Medicine and as a scientific associate with the Texas/World Health Organization Collaborating Center, which conducts cross-cultural research and training in mental health and psychological factors in health.

Rudd's additional honors include the 1998 Texas Psychological Association Award for outstanding scientific contribution, the 1999 Edwin Shneidman Award for early career contribution in suicidology and the 2001 Aleteia Award from the Aleteia International School of Cognitive Therapy in Enna, Italy.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Behavioral Psychology and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy.

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