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
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, is 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.

Awards & Honors (National)

Fellow, Gerantological Society of America 2014
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Lifesaver Award 2011
Visiting Professor, Dalian Medical University | Dalian, China 2005 - 2008
NIMH Geriatric Mental Health Academic Award 1988 - 1993
National Psychiatric Endowment Fund - Laughlin Award | Yale University School of Medicine 1984
American Association of Suicidology Edwin A. Shneidman Award 1994
Elected Member, International Academy for Suicide Research 1997
Distingished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 2003
American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin Award 2008

Awards & Honors (Local)

American College of Psychiatrists Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry 2016
Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award 2013
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
American Association of Suicidology Edwin A Shneidman Award "for outstanding research contributions in the field of suicidology" 1994

Recent Journal Articles

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2017 Jan
Zhong BL, Chen SL, Tu X, Conwell Y. "Loneliness and Cognitive Function in Older Adults: Findings From the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey." The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences. 2017 Jan; 72(1):120-128. Epub 2016 Mar 24.
2016 Dec
Zhong BL, Chiu HF, Conwell Y. "Rates and characteristics of elderly suicide in China, 2013-14." Journal of affective disorders. 2016 Dec; 206:273-279. Epub 2016 Sep 13.
2016 Sep 21
Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y. "Disability in prison activities of daily living and likelihood of depression and suicidal ideation in older prisoners." International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 2016 Sep 21; Epub 2016 Sep 21.
2016 Jul 2
Van Orden KA, Smith PN, Chen T, Conwell Y. "A Case Controlled Examination of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide in the Second Half of Life." Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2016 Jul 2; 20(3):323-35. Epub 2015 Jul 28.
2016 Jun
Choi NG, Marti CN, Conwell Y. "Effect of Problem-Solving Therapy on Depressed Low-Income Homebound Older Adults' Death/Suicidal Ideation and Hopelessness." Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2016 Jun; 46(3):323-36. Epub 2015 Oct 12.

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