Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

Kimberly A. Van Orden, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-5176
Fax: (585) 276-2065

Research Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

P.E.O Scholar Award 2008 - 2009
Melissa Institute Belfer-Aptman Dissertation Research Award 2008
American Association of Suicidology Student Research Award 2008
Florida State University Dissertation Research Grant 2008
Phi Beta Kappa 2002

Recent Journal Articles

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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.
Parkhurst KA, Conwell Y, Van Orden KA. "The interpersonal needs questionnaire with a shortened response scale for oral administration with older adults." Aging & mental health. 2016 20(3):277-83. Epub 2015 Jan 30.
Van Orden KA, Conwell Y. "Issues in research on aging and suicide." Aging & mental health. 2016 20(2):240-51. Epub 2015 Jul 15.
Smith PN, Stanley IH, Joiner TE, Sachs-Ericsson NJ, Van Orden KA. "An Aspect of the Capability for Suicide-Fearlessness of the Pain Involved in Dying-Amplifies the Association Between Suicide Ideation and Attempts." Archives of suicide research : official journal of the International Academy for Suicide Research. 2016 20(4):650-62. Epub 2016 Mar 16.
2015 Dec
Van Orden KA, O'Riley AA, Simning A, Podgorski C, Richardson TM, Conwell Y. "Passive Suicide Ideation: An Indicator of Risk Among Older Adults Seeking Aging Services?" The Gerontologist. 2015 Dec; 55(6):972-80. Epub 2014 Apr 08.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary


Doctoral | Clinical Psychology | Florida State UniversityAttended 2005 - 2009
M.S | Clinical Psychology | Florida State UniversityAttended 2003 - 2005
A.B. | Psychology | Columbia UniversityAttended 1998 - 2002

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Psychology at University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry07/01/2009 - 06/30/2010
Internship in Psychology at Montefiore Medical Center07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009