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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


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

Gutierrez PM, Joiner T, Hanson J, Avery K, Fender A, Harrison T, Kerns K, McGowan P, Stanley IH, Silva C, Rogers ML. "Clinical utility of suicide behavior and ideation measures: Implications for military suicide risk assessment." Psychological assessment.. 2020 Nov 12; Epub 2020 Nov 12.

Iliceto P, D'Antuono L, Fino E, Carcione A, Candilera G, Silva C, Joiner TE. "Psychometric properties of the Italian version of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire-15 (INQ-15-I)." Journal of clinical psychology.. 2020 Jul 14; Epub 2020 Jul 14.

Van Orden KA, Bower E, Lutz J, Silva C, Gallegos AM, Podgorski CA, Santos EJ, Conwell Y. "Strategies to Promote Social Connections Among Older Adults During 'Social Distancing' Restrictions." The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.. 2020 May 18; Epub 2020 May 18.

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: Why people die by suicide: Further development and tests of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behavior
Book Title: Meaning, Mortality, and Choice: The Social Psychology of Existential Concerns
Author List: Joiner TE; Silva C
Edited By: PR Shaver; M Mikulincer
Published By: American Psychological Association 2012 in Washington, DC