Professor William Feigelman

Bill Feigelman, PhD, is Professor Emeritus Professor of Sociology from Nassau Community College (Garden City, New York), where he taught for 50 years. He is the author or co-author of seven books and more than 80 journal articles and has written on a wide variety of social science subjects including child adoptions, youth alcohol and drug abuse, problem gambling, tobacco use and cessation, and intergroup relations. Since 2002, after his son Jesse’s suicide, Dr Feigelman has focused his professional writings on youth suicide and suicide bereavement. His bereavement and suicide writings have appeared in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Death Studies, Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, Archives of Suicide Research, Crisis and Illness, Crisis and Loss. He is one of the authors of Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope with the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (NY: Springer, 2012). He is a member of the American Association of Suicidology the International Association of Suicide Prevention and the Association for Death Education and Counseling, a frequent presenter at bereavement conferences in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Norway and Japan, and a co-facilitator of a suicide survivors’ support group. In 2019 Bill and his wife Beverly were chosen to receive the Farberow Award by IASP, for their service and accomplishments in the field of suicide postvention. Bill feels greatly humbled to be a recipient of this award and deeply honoured to be chosen to serve as a SIG co-chair.