Renowned suicide expert to speak at Western Carolina

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Thomas W. Joiner Jr

Cullowhee – Western Carolina University will welcome Thomas W. Joiner Jr., one of the world’s leading authorities on suicide, to speak as part of its doctor of psychology program’s speaker series.

Joiner’s talk, “Why People Die By Suicide,” will be presented at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at the Blue Ridge Hall conference room. The talk is free and open to the public.

Joiner is a clinical and research psychologist at Florida State University. His “Joiner Framework” for suicide risk assessment is the most robust, evidence-based and widespread system of its kind now in use.

Joiner lists more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and his work has generated more than 56,000 citations in other peer-reviewed scientific publications. His single most-cited work, with more than 3,000 citations, is his book, “Why People Die By Suicide.”

For more information, contact David McCord, Western Carolina University professor of psychology, at 828-227-3363.