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University Of Virginia Sponsors June 12-13 Conference On Suicide And Related Issues On University Campuses

June 9, 2003 -- The University of Virginia will sponsor a conference on “Suicide, Violence, and Disruptive Behavior on University Campuses” June 12 – 13 in U.Va.’s Newcomb Hall. Nearly 300 clinicians and student affairs professionals from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada have registered for the sold-out conference.

The conference will focus on clinical, administrative and legal issues surrounding what many studies show is an increasing trend toward suicide and violent or disruptive behavior among college students nationwide. According to the National Mental Health Association, the suicide rate for young people between 15 and 24 has nearly tripled since 1960. Among college-age individuals, suicide is the second leading cause of death after accidents.

“Recognizing this disturbing trend and the potential impact on colleges and universities led to our desire to host the conference,” said Penny Rue, dean of students at U.Va. and co-leader of the conference with Russ Federman, director of Counseling and Psychological Services for U.Va.

“By bringing together professionals who work in student affairs, student health and college counseling centers, we expect to share perspectives on the issues and review emerging best practices that can lead to strategies for managing the challenges of student suicide and of disruptive and violent behavior stemming from such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,” said Rue.

Following an opening overview of the problem by Federman and Rue, David Rudd of the department of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University will speak in a general session on “Suicidal Students.” The president-elect of the American Association of Suicidology, Rudd has authored several books, including “Treating Suicidal Behavior” (2001, Guilford) and “Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries” (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers).

Other featured speakers presenting general sessions include: Eric Harris, risk management consultant to the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust, legal counsel to the Massachusetts Psychological Association and a faculty member at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology; Janet Warren, professor of clinical psychiatric medicine and associate director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at U.Va.; and Gary Pavela, director of judicial programs and student ethical development at the University of Maryland, and editor of the journal Synthesis: Law and Policy in Higher Education.

For directions to Newcomb Hall and further conference information, including a conference schedule and speaker biographies, visit the Web site at:

Suicide, Violence, and Disruptive Behavior on University Campuses
June 12-13, 2003
Newcomb Hall

Journalists are welcome to attend any of the general sessions listed below. To secure a press pass, contact Virginia E. Carter at (434) 924-1036 or by e-mail at

Thursday, June 12
9-9:15 a.m. Conference opening and welcome from Patricia Lampkin, vice president for student affairs, University of Virginia
9:15-10:15 a.m. “Overview of the Problem,” Russ Federman and Penny Rue, University of Virginia
10:30 a.m.-noon “Suicidal Students – Risk Assessment and Clinical Management within University Counseling Centers,” David Rudd, Baylor University
8:15 p.m. (approximate) “Effective Strategies of Risk Management,” Eric Harris, APA Insurance Trust. Note: Harris’ talk will follow dinner at approximately 8:15 p.m. Seating is limited.

Friday, June 13
9-10:15 a.m. “Assessment and Prediction of Potential Student Violence,” Janet Warren, University of Virginia
10:30 a.m.-noon “Administrative Management of Disruptive Student Behavior,” Gary Pavela, University of Maryland

Contact: Virginia E. Carter, (434) 924-1036

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services


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