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. Specifically, I have contributed to the formulation, refinement, and evaluation of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide, including the development of a self-report measure to assess two of the theory's constructs, The Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire. 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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

P.E.O Scholar Award ( merit-based $15,000 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
Clinician's Research Digest FSU Case Study Award Competition (first place winner) 2007
A.B. awarded Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology | Columbia University 2002
Phi Beta Kappa 2002

Recent Journal Articles

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2015 May
Van Orden KA, Wiktorsson S, Duberstein P, Berg AI, Fässberg MM, Waern M. "Reasons for attempted suicide in later life." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. 2015 May; 23(5):536-44. Epub 2014 Jul 23.
2015 Apr
Van Orden KA, Chen S, O'Riley A, Conwell Y. "Course of late-life depression in China is chronic and unremitting." International journal of geriatric psychiatry. 2015 Apr; 30(4):409-15. Epub 2014 Jul 02.
2015 Feb 6
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 Feb 6; Epub 2015 Feb 06.
2015 Jan 30
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. 2015 Jan 30; :1-7. Epub 2015 Jan 30.
2014 Aug
Britton PC, Van Orden KA, Hirsch JK, Williams GC. "Basic psychological needs, suicidal ideation, and risk for suicidal behavior in young adults." Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2014 Aug; 44(4):362-71. Epub 2014 Feb 03.

Current Appointments

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


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

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