Dr. Paula Clayton joined the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) as its medical director in 2006.
Dr. Clayton graduated from the University of Michigan in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1960, she graduated from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She joined the faculty thereafter and became Professor and Head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in 1980. Most recently, she was a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where she taught at the psychiatric outpatient clinic for five years. She has published four books and written more than 160 papers and 20 book chapters. Her research has been in mood disorders and bereavement.