David A Brent

MD, MsHyg
  • Professor and Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies
  • Faculty in Epidemiology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Clinical and Translational Science

I am interested in the assessment, causes, and prevention of adolescent suicide and suicidal behavior. My work has focused on the risk factors and genetic epidemiology of adolescent suicide, and the translation of those findings into interventions to treat or prevent adolescent depression and suicidal behavior. Currently, we are testing a novel intervention supported by an app to reduce recurrent suicidal behavior after discharge from a psychiatric inpatient unit, developing adaptive screens for youth at suicidal risk in outpatient and emergency room facilities, and the development of novel ways to assess suicidal ideation and risk that bypass self-report.


1974, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, M.D.
1976, University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver, CO, Pediatrics Residency
1982, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA General and Child Psychiatry Residency
1987, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, M.S.Hyg.


I don't teach any courses, but I do direct a T32 program in child mental health research that funds slots for 4 medical students per year to do a summer research project, and supports up to 6 postdoctoral fellows learning to conduct research in child mental health (web site)�