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IASP Executive Committee


Murad Khan

Prof. Murad Khan

I am Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. I was the chair of the department of psychiatry at my university from 2003 to 2013. I completed my basic medical degree (MBBS) from Karachi, Pakistan, residency and fellowship trainings (General & Old-age psychiatry) from the UK, obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK. I completed my PhD from University of London.

I have been researching suicidal behavior in Pakistan over the last couple of decades. My areas of interest include role of socio-cultural and religious factors in suicidal behaviors. I am the principal investigator of the Karachi Suicide Study (KaSS) and conducted the first psychological autopsy study in Pakistan and one of the few in the Islamic world.

I have published on suicide and deliberate self-harm in Pakistan and developing countries and have several book chapters including the Oxford Textbook of Suicidology and Suicide Prevention: a Global Perspective and the International Handbook of Suicide Prevention: Research, Policy and Prevention. I am also on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Crisis, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Shanghai Archives of Psychiatry and International Review of Psychiatry. I was also an international contributor to the recently published report on suicide prevention, Saving Lives: a Global Imperative’ of the WHO. My other research interests include mental health of women and elderly, psychosomatic medicine and medical ethics.

I have been a member of IASP since 1996 and have served as National Representative for Pakistan as well as the Chair, Council of National Representatives. I was elected Vice-President four years ago and re-elected as 1st Vice-President two years ago.

I am deeply committed to IASP’s vision and mission to prevent and reduce suicidal behaviors globally. As a member of the Executive Committee I have worked closely with colleagues from across the world on strategies for suicide prevention and gained valuable insights not only of the workings of IASP but also of the challenges we face. The challenges for suicide prevention in the 21st century are formidable but I feel I have the necessary experience and motivation to build on the excellent work done by my predecessors and lead IASP to meet these challenges. As President, I would use IASP’s platform to work more closely with colleagues in countries where suicide prevention is neglected, for e.g. in many low and middle-income countries. I feel that it is only by working collaboratively, approaching suicide prevention, both from a scientific, evidence-based as well as a human rights and socio-cultural perspective, that we will be able to address suicide prevention globally.



Professor Jane Pirkis

Professor Jane Pirkis
1st Vice President

Jane Pirkis is a psychologist and epidemiologist based at the University of Melbourne in Australia, and has longstanding experience in suicide prevention research. Much of her research has been in the area of suicide and the media, but she has also conducted evaluations of large-scale suicide prevention programs, trials of specific interventions, and epidemiological studies of suicide among at-risk groups.

Jane has been a committed member of IASP for about 20 years. She founded and previously co-chaired the IASP Suicide and the Media Task Force. The members of this Task Force have engaged in a number of collaborative projects, the most notable of which was the revision of the World Health Organization’s guidelines on responsible reporting of suicide. These guidelines, rebadged as a joint IASP/WHO publication, provided advice for journalists about ways of reporting suicide that minimise the risk of copycat acts. These guidelines are now being updated for a second time.

Jane has also contributed to IASP in other ways. She has served as its General Secretary for the past four years. Prior to that, she was Australia's National Representative on its Council of National Representatives. She has sat on the scientific advisory committees of a number of IASP Congresses. She also sits on the Editorial Board of Crisis, the journal auspiced by IASP.

Professor Rory O'Connor

Professor Rory O'Connor
2nd Vice President

Rory O'Connor has a long-standing interest in suicide research and prevention; he has been working in the field since 1994. He is Professor of Health Psychology at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Past President of the International Academy of Suicide Research. Rory leads the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory ( at the University of Glasgow, one of the leading suicide and self-harm research groups in the UK.

He has published extensively in the field of suicide and self-harm, specifically concerning the psychological processes which precipitate suicidal behaviour and self-harm. In addition, he is author of Understanding Suicidal Behaviour (with Noel Sheehy), co-editor of The Routledge Major Works Series on Suicide (with Keith Hawton) and co-editor of the International Handbook of Suicide Prevention (2nd edition with Jane Pirkis).

He has also been the UK National Representative for the International Association for Suicide Prevention. He is co-organiser (with Barry McGale and Siobhan O’Neill) of the 30th IASP World Congress to be held in his native Derry (Northern Ireland) in 2019. He is passionate about mentoring the next generation of suicidologists, to this end, he is co-organiser of the Early Career Researchers’ Forum on Suicide and Self-harm (held in Glasgow). He is a member of the American Association of Suicidology, serves on the Scientific Review Board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is an Associate Editor of Archives of Suicide Research, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and Behavior Therapy. He is also on the editorial board of Crisis. Rory acts as an advisor to a wide range of national and international organisations including national governments on the areas of suicide and self-harm.


Professor Ping Qin

Professor Ping Qin
3rd Vice President

Dr Ping Qin is professor at National Center for Suicide Research and Prevention, University of Oslo in Norway, and leader of the research group for register-based study on suicide and deliberate self-harm. She is also distinguished visiting professor, co-founder and vice-director of Shandong University Center for Suicide Prevention Research in China. Previously, she was associate professor at National Center for Register-based Research, Aarhus University in Denmark and earned her PhD there in 2002.

Professor Qin is a passionate advocate of rigorous research in Suicidology and has devoted her professional life to studying suicidal behavior for 20 years. Her primary research interest has been into quantitative investigation of the contextual effect of multifactorial exposures on risk for suicide and suicidal behavior. She has led a range of large-scale research projects funded by various funding bodies in Denmark, USA, China and Norway. Professor Qin has published more than 80 research articles and book chapters about suicide and suicidal behavior in the context of socio-economic disadvantages, physical and psychiatric illnesses, life stresses as well as biological and genetic vulnerabilities.

Professor Qin volunteers her time extensively. She is Associate Editor of Suicidologi and on the editorial board of two international journals, evaluates grant applications for a number of research foundations and assesses manuscripts for more than 50 academic journals. She has been in various scientific committees and organized a number of symposiums and workshops at international congresses. In recent years, she also supervises Chinese scholars studying suicide in China.


Dr Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler

Prof. Thomas Niederkrotenthaler is an Associate Professor of Public Health at the Medical University Vienna, Austria.

Prof. Niederkrotenthaler has served as the Co-chair in the Council of National Representatives since 2015. In this role, he has worked specifically on the implementation of a new communication process between National Representatives and Board. Since 2009, he has served as co-chair of the Suicide & Media SIG ( His SIG team is currently revising the WHO/ IASP media recommendations for suicide reporting.

Prof. Niederkrotenthaler holds MD and PhD (Mental Health) degrees from the Medical University Vienna, and a Master’s Degree in Suicide Prevention (MMSc, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm) . He received training and gained international experience as Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2011-2012) with main focus on suicide/ violence prevention.

Prof. Niederkrotenthaler’s research / prevention interests focus on 4 main areas: Protective roles of media in suicide prevention (Papageno/ Werther effects); Familial risk factors for suicidal behaviour; labour market marginalization after suicidal behavior; and evaluation of suicide prevention measures. He is editorial board member of Crisis, member of the International Academy for Suicide Research, and founding chairman of the Austrian Suicide Research Platform Wiener Werkstaette ( He received the Erwin Ringel Award (Austrian Society for Suicide Prevention, 2011) and Hans Rost Award (German Association for Suicide Prevention, 2012) particularly for research on media effects and describing the suicide-protective Papageno effect. He has (co)-authored 70+ peer-reviewed publications and co-edited 2 books on suicide/ suicide prevention.

Dr. Daniel Reidenberg

Dr. Daniel Reidenberg
General Secretary

Dan is the Executive Director of Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, Managing Director of the National Council for Suicide Prevention and the current US Representative to the IASP. He serves as Co-Chair of the IASP Media and Suicide Task Force, Chair of the American Psychotherapy Association Advisory Board and Chair of the Certified Relationship Specialists Board. He serves on the editorial advisory boards for The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Crisis, American College of Forensic Examiners, Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Medicine and Esperanza magazine and as a proposal reviewer for SAMHSA and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

He speaks internationally and has over 50 published articles and book chapters on mental health and suicide including Suicide Prevention. He developed one of only 3 evidence-based programs for schools listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs; several Best Practice materials; and he leads the Social Media and Technology Summits developing the next generation of suicide prevention technology for the online industry.

Dan is interviewed 3-5 times a week by major media sources from around the world, serves on faculty of the Poynter Institute training journalists, runs a national Award for Excellence in Media Reporting on Suicide as well as the world’s only Certification for Safe Messaging program. Dan led the development of and wrote the US Recommendations for Media Reporting on Suicide, Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings, Blogging on Suicide and helped develop the Media Recommendations on Bullying. He also led the workgroup on Warning Signs for Suicide and helped develop the US National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and the National Research Agenda.

He has received numerous awards for his work as a Non-Profit Professional, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Expert and Service to Humanity Awards. His goals are to help build and strengthen the organization as well as increase IASP’s recognition as being the primary resource for suicide prevention and bereavement information and leadership globally.