Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

Contact Information

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

Office: (585) 275-5176
Fax: (585) 276-2065

Research Bio

My program of research focuses on the prevention of late life suicide. Specifically, I have contributed to the formulation, refinement, and evaluation of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, including the development of a self-report measure to assess two of the theory's constructs, The Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire. My current focus is on using the Interpersonal Theory to inform the investigation of psychological mechanisms of action for suicide prevention interventions for older adults.

Awards & Honors (Local)

P.E.O Scholar Award ( merit-based $15,000 award ) 2008 - 2009
Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Research Award 2008
American Association of Suicidology Student Research Award 2008
Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant 2008
Clinician's Research Digest FSU Case Study Award Competition (first place winner) 2007
A.B. awarded Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology | Columbia University 2002
Phi Beta Kappa 2002

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 28 available »

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
Ribeiro JD, Witte TK, Van Orden KA, Selby EA, Gordon KH, Bender TW, Joiner TE. "Fearlessness about death: The psychometric properties and construct validity of the revision to the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale." Psychological assessment. 2014 Mar; 26(1):115-26. Epub 2013 Nov 25.
2014 Feb 3
Britton PC, Van Orden KA, Hirsch JK, Williams GC. "Basic Psychological Needs, Suicidal Ideation, and Risk for Suicidal Behavior in Young Adults." Suicide & life-threatening behavior.. 2014 Feb 3; Epub 2014 Feb 03.
Stanley IH, Conwell Y, Bowen C, Van Orden KA. "Pet ownership may attenuate loneliness among older adult primary care patients who live alone." Aging & mental health. 2014 18(3):394-9. Epub 2013 Sep 18.
2013 Aug
Van Orden KA, Simning A, Conwell Y, Skoog I, Waern M. "Characteristics and comorbid symptoms of older adults reporting death ideation." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2013 Aug; 21(8):803-10. Epub 2013 Feb 06.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary


M.S | Clinical Psychology | Florida State UniversityAttended 2003 - 2005
A.B. | Psychology | Columbia UniversityAttended 1998 - 2002
Doctoral | Clinical Psychology | Florida State UniversityAttended 2005 - Present

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010
Internship in Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009