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