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Yeates Conwell, M.D.

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Professional Background

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
Co-Director, UR/CDC Injury Control Research Center on Suicide Prevention

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 Program 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, was President 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. As well, Dr. Conwell maintains a clinical practice providing care to older adults.

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.



  • Geriatric Psychiatry


MD | University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/84 - 06/30/85
Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/81 - 06/84
Residency in Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital

07/80 - 08/81
Internship in General Medicine at Norwalk Hospital

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University of Rochester Outstanding T32 Program Director Award

2019 - 2022
QuiShi Chair Professor, Zhejiang University
Location: Hangzhou, China

International Association for Suicide Research Morselli Medal - for lifetime contributions of suicidal behavior & prevention

Eric D. Caine Award "for outstanding dedication and commitment to mentoring"

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

American College of Psychiatrists Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Fellow, Gerontological Society of America

Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesaver Award

American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin Award

2005 - 2008
Visiting Professor, Dalian Medical University
Location: Dalian, China

Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Brickell Visiting Professor
Location: NYS Psychiatric Inst. and Columbia Univ. College of Phys & Surg

Faculty Mentorship Award, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

Elected Member, International Academy for Suicide Research

American Association of Suicidology Edwin A Shneidman Award "for outstanding research contributions in the field of suicidology"

American Association of Suicidology Edwin A. Shneidman Award

1988 - 1993
NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award

National Psychiatric Endowment Fund - Laughlin Award
Location: Yale University School of Medicine

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Journal Articles

Wang J, Cato K, Conwell Y, Yu F, Heffner K, Caprio TV, Nathan K, Monroe TB, Muench U, Li Y. "Pain treatment and functional improvement in home health care: Relationship with dementia." Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.. 2021 Aug 21; Epub 2021 Aug 21.

Simning A, Orth J, Temkin-Greener H, Li Y, Simons KV, Conwell Y. "Skilled Nursing Facility-to-Home Trajectories for Older Adults With Mental Illness or Dementia." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2021 Jun 26; Epub 2021 Jun 26.

Simning A, Caprio TV, Li Y, Conwell Y. "Near Vision but not Hearing Loss is Associated with Lacking a Usual Source of Health Care." Journal of aging and health.. 2021 Apr 29; :8982643211014323. Epub 2021 Apr 29.