EDC's Jerry Reed staff portrait



A nationally recognized leader in the field of suicide prevention, Jerry Reed, PhD, is an EDC senior vice president and a director. Through advocacy, authorship, and effective program leadership, he has raised awareness about suicide as a leading cause of death and driven public policy changes at the state and national levels.

Reed directs the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which has been operated by EDC since 2002. He also directs EDC's Center for the Study and Prevention of Injury, Violence, and Suicide, which among other projects includes serving as co-director with partners at the University of Rochester Medical Center for the CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention.

An outspoken advocate of the importance of both a public health and mental health approach to suicide prevention, Reed participates on the World Health Organization's Violence Prevention Alliance, serves on the executive committee of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and has testified before the U.S. Congress. He speaks frequently both nationally and internationally.

Reed has a PhD in health-related sciences, with an emphasis in gerontology, from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore.

"We know enough now about suicide prevention that we need to start putting interventions and programs forward with intentionality and purpose."

Speaking Highlights

Progress and Promises: We All Hold a Piece of the Puzzle

Keynote presentation, 15th Annual Prevent Suicide Hawaii Conference "E Malama Ola" (Caring for Life)
Waikoloa, Hawaii
April 30, 2015

National Strategies for Suicide Prevention: How to Work for Impact

Paper presentation, International Association for Suicide Prevention 28th World Congress
Montréal, Canada
June 18, 2015

Is It Time to Shift Our Approach and Examine Non-Suicide Specific Outcomes in Suicide Prevention Efforts?

Workshop presentation, XXVII World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention
Oslo, Norway
September 25, 2013

From Pain to Promise: How Survivors Have Influenced the U.S. Suicide Prevention Movement

Paper presentation, 3rd Australian Postvention Conference
Sydney, Australia
June 29, 2012

Bridging the Divide between Public Health and Mental Health: Working Together to Advance Suicide Prevention

Panel presentation, 45th American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
April 21, 2012



Silence Broken on Suicides South Bergen Area Families Reflect
The Record
, July 17, 2014

Preventing Suicide's Ripple Effects Takes Coordinated Effort
, 2013

Blog Posts

Working Together to Prevent Suicide and Intimate Partner Violence
SPRC Director's Corner, February 5, 2015

Connecting for Suicide Prevention
SPRC Director's Corner, September 4, 2014

Selected Publications

Shepard, D. S., Gurewich, D., Lwin, A. K., Reed, G. A., & Silverman, M. M. (2015). Suicide and suicidal attempts in the United States: Costs and policy implications. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12225

Reed, J., & Silverman, M. (2009). Suicide prevention in the United States of America. In D. Wasserman & C. Wasserman (Eds.), Oxford textbook of suicidology and suicide prevention: A global perspective (pp. 829-833). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Cerel, J., Padgett, J. H., Conwell, Y., & Reed, G. A. (2009). A Call for Research: The need to better understand the impact of support groups for suicide survivors. Suicide and Life Threatehing Behavior 39(3), 269-281.

Cerel, J., Padgett, J. H., & Reed, G. A. (2009). Support groups for suicide survivors: Results of a survey of group leaders. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 39(6), 588-598.

Selected Resources

Resource libraries

This resource library is a collection of readings, tools, videos, and webinars to help users understand and implement the Zero Suicide Initiative.


This online toolkit supports the implementation of the Zero Suicide Initiative in health and behavioral health care settings.


SPARK Talks—Short, Provocative, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Knowledgeable—are feature videos of leaders in the suicide prevention field describing a new development or direction and issuing a c

Resource libraries

This resource library maintained by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) includes products created by SPRC and its partners as well as toolkits, fact sheets, guides, upcoming trainings and