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Eric Caine, M.D.

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Eric D. Caine, M.D., is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the field of risk factors for suicide and ways to prevent suicide.

Caine is co-director of the Center for the Study of Prevention of Suicide (CSPS) at the University of Rochester Medical Center. He has served during the past decade as an expert consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Veterans Administration Blue Ribbon Panel on Suicide Prevention. Most recently, he has been a member of a federal task force charged with re-drafting the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  

With his colleagues in Rochester, the U.S., and internationally, Caine has investigated factors that contribute to suicide, with a recent focus on links to unemployment, the choice of specific methods, and the burdens of suicide and attempted suicide during young and middle adulthood.  Much of his current work has addressed public health approaches to prevention that complement individually oriented treatments. He has been the principal investigator of multiple NIH research and training grants related to suicide research and prevention, and since 2001 has led a series of collaborative initiatives in China that deal directly with suicide prevention, the delivery of mental health services in developing countries, and the potential for public health approaches to reduce injuries and prevent premature deaths.