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, 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.

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 "for distinguished contributions in the area of suicidology" 2011
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)

Dr. David Satcher Community Health Improvement Award 2013
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

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 242 available »

2016 Feb
Van Orden KA, Conwell Y. "Issues in research on aging and suicide." Aging & mental health. 2016 Feb; 20(2):240-51. Epub 2015 Jul 15.
2015 Nov 17
Barry LC, Wakefield DB, Trestman RL, Conwell Y. "Active and Passive Suicidal Ideation in Older Prisoners." Crisis. 2015 Nov 17; :1-7. Epub 2015 Nov 17.
2015 Oct 12
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. 2015 Oct 12; Epub 2015 Oct 12.
2015 Oct
Van Orden KA, Li Y, Podgorski CA, Conwell Y. "The association between higher social support and lower depressive symptoms among aging services clients is attenuated at higher levels of functional impairment." International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1085-92. Epub 2015 Feb 06.
2015 Sep
Erlangsen A, Stenager E, Conwell Y. "Physical diseases as predictors of suicide in older adults: a nationwide, register-based cohort study." Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology. 2015 Sep; 50(9):1427-39. Epub 2015 Apr 03.

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