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Caroline Silva, Ph.D.

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Caroline Silva, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (SMD). Dr. Silva completed her A.B. in psychology at Harvard University and received her M.S./Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Florida State University. She completed her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School and an NRSA (T32) Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the University of Rochester SMD. Broadly, her research has examined interpersonal risk factors for suicide via the lens of a contemporary theory of suicide—the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. In particular, Dr. Silva has examined the role of two forms of social disconnection—thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness—in suicide risk among high-risk populations, including sexual minorities, military service members, and clinical outpatients. Dr. Silva’s current program of research is focused on integrating the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide with cultural determinants of health to inform the development and evaluation of suicide prevention interventions for at-risk Hispanics.



AB | Harvard University

MS | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

PhD | Florida State University
Clinical Psychology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

2016 - 2018
NIMH National Research Service Award Postdoctoral Fellow (T32MH20061; Conwell, PI), University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry

2015 - 2016
Internship in Psychology at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School


NIH mHealth Training Institute Scholar

2018 - 2020
University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute KL2 Scholar

NIH Loan Repayment Program award

NIH OBSSR Johns Hopkins Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences Scholar

MSRC Dissertation Award (USARMC award W81XWH-10-2-0178)

FSU Dissertation Research Grant

McKnight Dissertation Fellowship

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Journal Articles

Quiñones MM, Silva C, Ross C, Sörensen S, Serrano R, Van Orden K, Heffner K. "Recruiting Socially Disconnected Latinos Caring for a Person with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned." Clinical gerontologist.. 2023 Apr 2; :1-14. Epub 2023 Apr 02.

Van Orden KA, Bower E, Lutz J, Silva C. "Engage coaching for caregivers: a pilot trial to reduce loneliness in dementia caregivers." Aging & mental health.. 2023 Mar 10; :1-8. Epub 2023 Mar 10.

Silva C, Smith PN, Rogers M, Joiner TE, Foote B, Van Orden KA. "Clinically Significant Scores for Thwarted Belonging and Perceived Burden from the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire (INQ-15)." Crisis.. 2023 Feb 10; Epub 2023 Feb 10.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Suicide in later life
Book Title: Oxford Encyclopedia of Psychology and Aging
Author List: Van Orden KA; Silva C; Conwell Y
Published By: Oxford University Press 2019 in New York

Chapter Title: Suicide
Book Title: The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology
Author List: Ribeiro JD; Silva C; Hagan CR; Joiner TE
Published By: Wiley-Blackwell 2015 in Malden, MA

Chapter Title: Individual approaches to prevention and early intervention
Book Title: The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders
Author List: Au TM; Silva C; Delaney E; Litz BT
Edited By: JG Beck; DM Sloan
Published By: Oxford University Press 2012 in New York