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Yeates Conwell, M.D.


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Office: (585) 275-6739

Fax: (585) 273-1066

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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, 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.


Faculty Appointments


  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry - American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology


| Goethe Institute
Language Studies

BA | Princeton University

MD | Univ Cincinnati Coll Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/84 - 06/30/85
Fellowship in Psychiatry: 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 at Norwalk Hospital

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American College of Psychiatrists Award for Research in Geriatric Psychiatry

Fellow, Gerantological 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

Distingished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association

Faculty Mentorship Award
Location: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

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

Elected Member, International Academy for Suicide Research

American Association of Suicidology Edwin A. Shneidman Award

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

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

Erlangsen A, Runeson B, Bolton JM, Wilcox HC, Forman JL, Krogh J, Shear MK, Nordentoft M, Conwell Y. "Association Between Spousal Suicide and Mental, Physical, and Social Health Outcomes: A Longitudinal and Nationwide Register-Based Study." JAMA psychiatry.. 2017 May 1; 74(5):456-464.

Brink M, Green A, Bojesen AB, Lamberti JS, Conwell Y, Andersen K. "Physical Health, Medication, and Healthcare Utilization among 70-Year-Old People with Schizophrenia: A Nationwide Danish Register Study." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2017 May 0; 25(5):500-509. Epub 2017 Jan 09.

Snowdon J, Phillips J, Zhong B, Yamauchi T, Chiu HF, Conwell Y. "Changes in age patterns of suicide in Australia, the United States, Japan and Hong Kong." Journal of affective disorders.. 2017 Mar 15; 211:12-19. Epub 2017 Jan 04.