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Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-5176

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Biography

Research

My program of research focuses on the prevention of late life suicide. I am interested in the role of social connectedness as a mechanism for preventing suicide in later life. I have contributed to the formulation, refinement, and evaluation of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, including the development of a self-report measure--the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire--to assess two of the theory's constructs, thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness. My current focus is on using the Interpersonal Theory to inform the investigation of psychological mechanisms of action for suicide prevention interventions for older adults. I am interested in interventions such as peer companionship, psychotherapy, technology, and volunteering as means to promote social connectedness in later life.

Credentials

Education

1998-2002
A.B. | Columbia University
Psychology

2003-2005
M.S | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

2005-2009
Doctoral | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010
Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Internship in Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center

Awards

2008 - 2009
P.E.O Scholar Award

2008
Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Research Award

2008
American Association of Suicidology Student Research Award

2008
Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant

2002
Phi Beta Kappa

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Publications

Journal Articles

8/2018
Van Orden K. "The Interpersonal Context of Suicide and Self-Harm in Later Life: An Invited Commentary on "Why Do the Very Old Self-Harm? A Qualitative Study"." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2018 Aug 0; 26(8):872-873. Epub 2018 Jun 18.

1/16/2018
Wiktorsson S, Rydberg Sterner T, Mellqvist Fässberg M, Skoog I, Ingeborg Berg A, Duberstein P, Van Orden K, Waern M. "Few Sex Differences in Hospitalized Suicide Attempters Aged 70 and Above." International journal of environmental research and public health.. 2018 Jan 16; 15(1)Epub 2018 Jan 16.

9/8/2017
Van Orden K, Deming C. "Late-life suicide prevention strategies: current status and future directions." Current opinion in psychology.. 2017 Sep 8; 22:79-83. Epub 2017 Sep 08.

Books & Chapters

2009
Book Title: The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide: Guidance for Working with Suicidal Clients
Author List: Thomas E. Joiner, Kimberly A. Van Orden, Tracy K. Witte, M. David Rudd
Published By: American Psychological Association2009

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