Yeates Conwell, M.D.

Yeates Conwell, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-6739
Fax: (585) 273-1066

Professional Bio

Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program
Director, URMC Office for Aging Research and Health Services
Co-Director, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide

Dr. Yeates Conwell is Professor and Vice Chair, Co-Director of the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide and Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the University of Rochester Medical Center's Office for Aging Research and Health Services. In 2012, he was selected as an Innovation Advisor for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. He has lectured and written extensively on suicide and depression in later life, drawing on research that has been continuously funded by NIH institutes, the CDC, and foundation support for the past 25 years. He has been a regular member of NIH review panels, chairs the Scientific Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and serves as consultant to agencies and centers dedicated to suicide prevention research worldwide. The primary foci of Dr. Conwell's research are risk factors for suicide in the second half of life and their implications for service system redesign, with particular emphasis on the design and implementation of preventive interventions in community settings, and their linkage to healthcare services.

Dr. Conwell received his MD degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and psychiatry residency and postdoctoral research training at Yale University School of Medicine.

Awards & Honors (National)

NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award 1988 - 1993
National Psychiatric Endowment Fund - Laughlin Award | Yale University School of Medicine 1984
Elected Member, International Academy for Suicide Research 1997

Awards & Honors (Local)

American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin Award 2008
Visiting Professor, Dalian Medical University | Dalian, China 2005 - 2008
Distingished Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 2003
Faculty Mentorship Award | University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry 2002
Brickell Visiting Professor | NYS Psychiatric Inst. and Columbia Univ. College of Phys & Surg 2002
Selected by peers for Woodward/White, Inc. 2002 edition of The Best Doctors in America. 2002
Selected by peers for Woodward/White, Inc. 1998 edition of The Best Doctors in America. 1998
Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 1995
American Association of Suicidology Edwin A. Shneidman Award 1994
Selected by peers for Woodward/White, Inc. 1994 edition of The Best Doctors in America. 1994

Recent Journal Articles

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2014 Jul 2
Van Orden KA, Chen S, O'Riley A, Conwell Y. "Course of late-life depression in China is chronic and unremitting." International journal of geriatric psychiatry.. 2014 Jul 2; Epub 2014 Jul 02.
2014 Jun
O'Riley AA, Van Orden KA, He H, Richardson TM, Podgorski C, Conwell Y. "Suicide and death ideation in older adults obtaining aging services." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2014 Jun; 22(6):614-22. Epub 2013 Apr 18.
2014 May 8
King DA, O'Riley AA, Thompson C, Conwell Y, He H, Kemp J. "Age-Related Concerns of Male Veteran Callers to a Suicide Crisis Line." Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research.. 2014 May 8; Epub 2014 May 08.
2014 Apr 8
Van Orden KA, O'Riley AA, Simning A, Podgorski C, Richardson TM, Conwell Y. "Passive Suicide Ideation: An Indicator of Risk Among Older Adults Seeking Aging Services?" The Gerontologist.. 2014 Apr 8; Epub 2014 Apr 08.
2014 Mar
Simning A, Conwell Y, van Wijngaarden E. "Cognitive impairment in public housing residents living in Western New York." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 2014 Mar; 49(3):477-85. Epub 2013 May 26.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Geriatric/Psychiatry (SMD) - Primary


Geriatric Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


MD | Medicine | Univ Cincinnati Coll Medicine1980
BA | Biology | Princeton University1976
Language Studies | Goethe InstituteAttended 1973 - 1974

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital07/01/1984 - 06/30/85
Internship in General Medicine at Norwalk Hospital08/81
Residency in Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital06/84