Ann Haas

Ann P. Haas, Ph.D. is the senior director of education and prevention at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

Her work has focused in particular on suicide and suicide risk among teens and college students, LGBT populations and veterans. In 2005, she coauthored the chapter on youth suicide in a volume produced by the Annenberg Foundation’s Adolescent Mental Health Initiative, and was the lead author of a 2011 consensus report titled Suicide and Suicide Risk in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations: Review and Recommendations, which appeared in the January 2011 edition of the Journal of Homosexuality. She serves on the Task Force on LGBT Populations of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Haas’ primary interest is in developing research-based interventions for suicide prevention. Over the last decade, she has developed and directed AFSP’s Interactive Screening Program (ISP), an anonymous online method to engage individuals with untreated mental health problems to seek help. Initially designed as an outreach tool for college and university students, the ISP has been adapted for many other populations including corporate employees, law enforcement personnel, veterans and military service members. Before coming to AFSP, Dr. Haas was Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Sciences at The City University of New York, and held appointments at New York Medical College and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Montrose, NY.

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