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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