The American Association of Suicidology is pleased to announce their next Executive Director, Michelle Cornette, Ph.D.
Dr. Cornette’s longtime professional focus has been the study and prevention of suicide. Her professional history in suicide prevention includes roles as administrator, researcher, clinician, educator, and survivor of suicide loss. Dr. Cornette comes to us from the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she serves as Military Suicide Subject Matter Expert. In her work for the CDP, she developed a 2-day workshop for military mental health providers on empirically-supported approaches to suicide prevention. The workshop, which was designated among APA’s 2013 Presidential Initiatives, has been disseminated to military mental health providers across the country. She co-developed the CDP’s online suicide prevention course, and oversaw the 1-week civilian training program. She has also been active in teaching within the Medical and Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Prior posts held by Dr. Cornette include her 10-year tenure in the VA system, where she was VISN 12 Suicide Prevention Director, Suicide Prevention Team Leader, and Mental Health Division Research Lead. In the former capacity, she was responsible for overseeing suicide prevention activities at the 7 VA facilities in VISN 12. She also chaired the hospital-wide Suicide Prevention Committee. Dr. Cornette has also maintained an active research program on suicide risk, funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, the DoD, and VA HSR&D. She has published a number of articles and book chapters, and has presented extensively on the topics of military and civilian suicide risk, risk assessment, and intervention.
Dr. Cornette is a member of the MOMRP Suicide Research Consortium, and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office working group addressing suicide prevention training. She sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, and has previously served on the VISN 12 Mental Health Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors, Mental Health America of Wisconsin. She has been honored for her contributions by both VHA and DoD.
Dr. Cornette holds a research faculty appointment in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.The Board appreciates the years of service by Lanny Berman, Ph.D. and recognizes the large footsteps Dr. Cornette will be filling. She is an established suicidologist who the board believes will help continue moving the AAS organization towards continued growth and success in the future. She will begin her new position on June 16th.