MSRC Members among authors of new study regarding the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

MSRC Members Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D. and Maria A. Oquendo, M.D. are among the authors of a study published November 8, 2011 in the The American Journal of Psychiatry. The study looks at the effectiveness of a questionnaire aimed at predicting which patients would make a suicide attempt.

Known as the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, the evaluation tool's success has its creators hopeful that it will make a big difference in treating patients. “For the first time, we are better-identifying the people we need to get to and help, redirecting our limited resources,” said Kelly Posner, a PhD in clinical psychology who is the lead author and developer of the test. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Pittsburgh also worked develop the scale.

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