2021-2022 Kessler-Freedheim Lecture
Dr. Arielle Sheftall, Assistant Professor and Principal Investigator at the Suicide Prevention and Research Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, will be the featured speaker for this year's Kessler-Freedheim Lecture. Youth suicide and suicidal behavior have increased over the past decade and suicide is still the second leading cause of death for youth 10-19 years old. Racial disparities have been discovered recently when examining youth suicide, but research focused on minoritized youth is limited. Dr. Sheftall will present the current epidemiology of suicide/suicidal behavior by sex and race, and discuss potential avenues for intervention.
Psychologist and author Dr. Lisa Damour (Schubert Center Advisor; Clinical Instructor, Psychological Sciences) will moderate a conversation following the lecture with respondents Archie Green (Founder & CEO, Peel Dem Layers Back) and Dr. Lisa Ramirez (Pediatric Psychology Specialist at MetroHealth; Associate Professor, School of Medicine).
The Kessler-Freedheim lecture honors Dr. Jane Kessler, Professor of Psychology and former director of the Mental Development Center, and Dr. Donald Freedheim, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Schubert Center.
Campus Partners: Department of Psychological Sciences; Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences; National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on Campus; University Health and Counseling Services
Community Partners: ADAMHS Board of Cuyahoga County; Applewood Centers, Inc; Bellefaire JCB; FrontLine Service; Highland Springs; Northern Ohio Recovery Association; Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation; Peel Dem Layers Back, Positive Education Program (as of 10/6/21)