Council of National Representatives


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Madelyn Gould

Prof Madelyn Gould, USA
Co-Chair

Dr. Madelyn Gould is a Professor of Epidemiology in Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center and a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she directs the Community Suicide Prevention research unit within the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. During the past three decades, she has received continuous funding from the National Institute of Health (NIMH), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) for her research in the area of suicide prevention.

Dr. Gould has a strong commitment to applying her research to program and policy development. She has participated in a number of U.S. government commissions on suicide prevention and her seminal articles on youth suicide risk and preventive interventions have laid the groundwork for the development of state- and national-level suicide prevention programs in the U.S. Her research contributions have been recognized by her receiving numerous awards, including the Shneidman Award for Research from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) in 1991, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) Research Award in 2006, the New York State Suicide Prevention Center’s Excellence in Suicide Prevention Award in 2011, and the AAS 2013 Dublin Award, which is a lifetime achievement award for outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention.

Dr. Gould has been a member of IASP since 2002. She is an active member of the IASP Media Task Force, having recently contributed to the updating of the IASP/WHO Media Guidelines for Suicide Reporting, and is also a member of the Helplines Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Gould has recently become the IASP USA National Representative and looks forward to serving as a Co-Chairperson to the Council of National Representatives to promote its initiatives.


Jie Zhang

Prof. Jie Zhang, China
Co-Chair

I am a professor of epidemiology and the founding director of the Center for Suicide Prevention Research at Shandong University in China and am a tenured professor at State University of New York Buffalo State. I was educated in the United States of America with a Ph.D. degree in sociology. In the past decades, I have devoted my research and scholarship to suicide studies and suicide prevention in rural China with a number of NIMH grants and over 100 publications in both English and Chinese.

I have been active in IASP for over 20 years. This involvement includes faithfully presenting my research at annual meetings and serving on the Editorial Board of Crisis. Over the last 15 years I have received support for my China research in a series of grants from NIMH. This support has funded large sample research designs each based on several hundred psychological autopsies of suicidal individuals with community based, matched control groups in China. This work has been critical to my development of a social-psychiatric strain theory of suicide based on the interplay of psychiatric factors and cultural strains. My multi-disciplinary background will help me engage in dialogues with and represent a variety of research constituencies within the international community of suicide research.

Suicide in China remains a serious problem, although there has been a drop in the overall rates of suicide in the country. With its large population and relatively high rates of suicide, China should play a very important role in the world suicide prevention.


Council of National Representatives 2017- 2021

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CountryZoneTitleFirst NameLast NameYear
Argentina2DrErnesto RubenPaez2013-2021
Australia1DrJoRobinson2015-2019
Austria1DrThomasNiederkrotenthaler2015-2019
Bangladesh4MrSyedDeedarul Alam2017-2021
Belgium1DrGwendolynPortzky2017-2021
Brazil2ProfHumbertoCorrea2015-2019
Canada1DrMarninHeisel2017- 2021
Chile1DrAlejandroChamorro2013-2021
China2ProfJieZhang (Co-Chair)2017-2021
Columbia2DrMartaArdilla2015-2019
Denmark1DrAnnetteErlangsen2013-2021
Estonia1DrMerikeSisask2015-2019
Finland1ProfErkkiIsometsa2015-2019
France1MrPhilipeCarette2017-2021
Germany1DrReinhardLindner2013-2021
Ghana3DrCharityAkotia2009-2021
Greece1DrTheodorePapaslanis2017-2021
Guyana3DrMeenawattieRajkumar2017-2021
Hong Kong1DrFrances Yik WaLaw2015-2019
Hungary1DrSandorFekete2015-2019
Iceland1DrWilhelmNordfjord2017-2021
India3ProfR SateeshBabu2015-2019
Indonesia3Prof.NaliniMuhdi2015-2019
Iran2DrSeyedKazem Malakouti2013-2021
Ireland1MrBrianHiggins2017-2021
Israel1DrAvshalomAderet2015-2019
Italy1DrMarcoInnamorati2015-2019
Jamaica2DrLoraineBarnaby2006-2019
Japan1DrChiakiKawanishi2011-2019
Kenya4MissMerabMulindi2015-2019
Lithuania1DrPauliusSkruibis2014-2021
Malaysia2ProfThambuManiam2001-2019
Mauritius2MrsNeeteeyavatheeAppadoo2017-2021
Mexico2DrAna-MariaChavez Hernandez2009-2019
Moldova3DrLiubuCeban2015-2019
Nepal4MrDhrubaPathak2013-2019
Netherlands1DrRFPDe Winter2011-2019
New Zealand1MsSylviaHuitson2017-2021
Nigeria3DrOlatundeAyinde2015-2019
Norway1DrErlendMork2013-2021
Pakistan3DrUzmaIrfan2015-2019
French Polynesia1DrStephaneAmadeo2013-2021
Portugal1DrAlexandreTeixeira2013-2021
Puerto Rico1DrLinnetteRodriguez-Figueroa2017-2021
Qatar1DrLayachiAnser2013-2021
Romania1MissDana - CristinaHerta2017-2021
Singapore1DrPeterLoke2017-2021
Slovenia1DrVitaPostuvan2017-2021
South Africa2DrJasonBantjes2015-2019
Spain1MrAndoni AnscanRamos2015-2019
Sri Lanka3DrSurangi GunawardenaSri Lanka Sumithrayo2015-2019
Suriname2ProfTobyGraafsma2013-2017
Sweden1DrGergoHadlaczky2017-2021
Switzerland1ProfAngelaCastelli Dransart2014-2021
Taiwan2DrYing-YehChen2013-2021
Thailand2DrPrakarnThomyangkoon2005-2019
Trinidad1DrGerardHutchinson2015-2019
Uganda4DrJamesMugisha2013-2021
UK1DrGillGreen2015-2019
Ukraine3ProfVsevolodRozanov2013-2021
Uruguay1DrSilvia MPelaez2003-2019
USA1ProfMadelynGould (Co-Chair)2017-2021