Professor Diego De Leo, AO
MD, PhD, DSc, FRANZCP, AO
Director (1998 - 2015), Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Emeritus Professor Diego De Leo was the Director of the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP) from 1997-2015. Professor De Leo is Past President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and Past President of the International Academy for Suicide Research, and past and current chair of number of different committees. He has been the world leading researcher in suicide research and prevention over several decades; he has designed and advised suicide prevention activities, projects and programs around the world, including his contribution to the World Health Organization. He was in the network of consultants for the revision of ICD-10 (ICD-11) and DSM-V (Non-Suicidal Self-Injury). His work has been acknowledged with a number of different awards. In 2013, he was appointed as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia, awarded for “distinguished service to medicine in the field of psychiatry as a researcher and through the creation of national and international strategies for suicide prevention”.
Outputs of Prof De Leo’s research activities have been presented in over 700 publications, including over 350 peer-reviewed articles, 170 book chapters and 40 volumes. His Scopus Hindex is currently 44. Prof De Leo is currently the Editor in Chief of the Crisis - The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, and an editorial board member of journals Suicide & Life Threatening Behavior, Archives of Suicide Research, Suicidology Online and Advancing Suicide Prevention. He is also Associate Editor of BMC Public Health, and Regional Editor of Behavioral Medicine and a member of the editorial boards of several other journals.
- Psychogeriatrics and Suicide
- Multi-site International and Cross-Cultural Comparisons in Suicidal Behaviour
- Culture and Suicide
- Role of psychopathology in Suicidal Behaviour
- Epidemiology of Suicidal Behaviour
- Definitional Issues
- National and State Advisor for National Suicide Prevention Strategies
Current teaching areas
- Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies
- Master of Suicidology
Professor De Leo's selected publications are listed on our Publications page
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Dr Kairi Kolves
B Sociology (Hons), M Sociology, PhD
Principal Research Fellow
Dr Kairi Kõlves is a Principal Research Fellow and Course Convener at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University. She has been working in suicide research and prevention since 1998 and finished her PhD in Sociology at University of Tartu (est 1632) in 2006. Between 1999 and 2008, she worked at the Estonian-Swedish Mental Health and Suicidology Institute in Estonia and joined the AISRAP team in 2008.
Dr Kõlves has been involved in several Australian, Estonian and international projects and has been an adviser to the World Health Organization. She has worked on a number of consultancies for various organisations including the Commonwealth Department of Health, Queensland Health, Queensland Mental health Commission, Department of Veterans Affairs, Australian Defence Force, Queensland Corrective Services, Lifeline Foundation, and the TrackSAFE foundation. She is a member of a number of advisory committees including the Queensland Advisory Group on Suicide (QAGS), the Story Bridge Suicide Prevention Reference Group, the Advisory Board of ‘Lifeline Foundation’, and the Queensland Child Death Case Review Panel. She is also a Member of the Editorial Board of Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, the Open Journal of Medical Psychology and Vita Salubris. Her research has been published in over 70 peer-reviewed papers, a number of book chapters and numerous reports on suicide research and prevention (her SCOPUS h-index is 15). In 2010, she was the winner of the Life Award for Emerging Research in Australia.
- Epidemiology of suicidal behaviour
- Youth suicidal behaviour
- Alcohol in suicidal process
- Cross-cultural comparisons of suicide
Dr Victoria Ross
PhD; BA (Hons) Psychology
Research Fellow, AISRAP
Dr Victoria Ross is a research fellow and social psychologist at AISRAP. She has extensive experience in social research across a wide range of areas, including factors influencing public perceptions and network trust, and enhancement of the communication process from research into policy and practice. Her research has been applied across a variety of Australian and international contexts. Dr Ross has recently conducted research for the Commonwealth Department of Health on best practice in models of suicide prevention delivery, and how levels of prevention can best be integrated and tailored into models that meet individual community needs. She has authored and contributed to a number of AISRAP research reports for a range of clients (e.g., the National Mental Health Commission, Commonwealth Department of Health, the TrackSAFE Foundation, and the Wesley Lifeforce Community Suicide Prevention Networks). She is also the co-ordinator and an author of the Institute’s current “Biannual literature review – Suicide Research: Selected Readings” volumes. Her research interests span all aspects of evidence-based suicide prevention, policy and practice. She is currently a reviewer for Crisis: the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention.
Dr Ross recently participated in the World Health Organisation, Regional launch of the World Suicide Report and Suicide Prevention Meeting, Tokyo, Japan (1-2 December 2015), where she delivered a presentation on the current state of Australia’s Suicide Prevention Strategies and Research.
Y. W. Koo, L. Kunde, V. Ross, D. De Leo (2015). Suicide Research: Selected Readings Volume 14. Bowen Hills, Australia: Academic Press
Ross, V. L., & De Leo, D. (2015). Best practice models of suicide prevention. Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention: Brisbane.
Gibson, M., Kolves, K., Ross, V., & De Leo, D. (2015) Development of an evaluation strategy for the Wesley Lifeforce Suicide Prevention Networks. Report to Wesley Mission Suicide Prevention Services. Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention: Brisbane.
Ross V., Kolves, K. & De Leo D. (2015) Feasibility Study For A National Tracksafe Register And Profiling Of Persons Who Choose Rail As A Means Of Suicide. Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention: Brisbane.
Mrs Jacinta Hawgood
BSSc, BPsy (Hons), MClinPsy, MAPS
Senior Lecturer, Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention
Ms Jacinta Hawgood has worked at AISRAP since 2000. She has a Bachelor of SocialScience (Human Services), Bachelor of Psychology (Hons), Master of Clinical Psychology and, is a fully registered, Clinically Endorsed, Psychologist (APHRA). She is a Senior Lecturer, Program and Course Convenor for the Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention and Master of Suicidology Programs, which she jointly developed with Professor Diego De Leo in 2001. She has delivered suicide prevention skills training workshops and seminars since 2000 and has worked extensively in the development, implementation andevaluation of online suicide prevention training and education since this time. Jacinta has specialist clinical and research interest in suicide risk assessment and since 2013, has provided expert advice and guidance on the same to the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning and more recently, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch (Qld) for the development of State-wide emergency department training and mental health guidelines in this domain.
Jacinta has worked on a number of research projects and consultancies for Wesley Mission (LifeForce), SANE Australia, Department of Veteran Affairs, Mates in Construction, Suicide Prevention Australia, Roses in the Ocean, Australian Psychological Society, Queensland Corrective Services, and Commonwealth Department of Health to mention a few. Jacinta is a member on several government and non-government advisory boards regarding suicide prevention, and has a reviewing role for peer-reviewed journals in this domain. She has presented research findings at a range of state, national and international conferences, has co-authored and edited a book, book chapters, and several peer-reviewed articles and government reports in the field.
- Suicide Prevention Curriculum
- Suicide Prevention Training Online
- Suicide in Occupations
- Suicide in Farmers
Current teaching areas
- Graduate Certificate in Suicide Prevention Studies
- Master of Suicidology
- Primary prevention
- Engagement and risk assessment
- Crisis intervention
- Postvention and bereavement
- Secondary impacts on the worker/interventionist
- Clinical practice in suicide intervention and management
Ms Jasmine Koo
Miss Jasmine Koo, B. Psyc Science, is a research assistant at the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention (AISRAP), Griffith University. She has a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons). Jasmine’s role at AISRAP includes entering data into the Queensland Suicide Registry, contributing to Selected Readings Volumes, and assisting in various AISRAP projects.
Mrs Wendy Iverson
Research Development ManagerContact details for Mrs Wendy Iverson
Wendy Iverson is Research Development Manager at AISRAP. She provides executive and strategic assistance to the Director and the Research Team, managing funding proposals, liaison and engagement with stakeholders, dissemination of the Institute’s research materials, events management, budgeting, administration and monitoring of research projects and reporting, and coordination of the Institute’s activities as a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre and National Centre of Excellence in Suicide Prevention. She is also the Editorial Assistant for CRISIS, the Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention under the auspices of the International Association for Suicide Prevention. Prior to joining AISRAP in 2008, she held positions at Griffith University’s Legal Services Unit and the Office for Research, and was a paralegal for 20 years. She is a Commissioner for Declarations has been actively involved in Community Sporting Organisations Management Committees and governance over the past decade.