Youth in Crisis: Learning from Student Suicides

Tue, Mar 4, 2014 | 4:30 PM | Tyler Clementi Center (106 Somerset Street, Room 444)

Free and open to all members of the Rutgers University community. Click here for directions to the Tyler Clementi Center, located in the Gateway Transit Village at 106 Somerset Street (next to the Barnes & Noble Rutgers University Bookstore).


The Tyler Clementi Center’s Issues in Higher Education working group discusses a set of readings addressing suicide risk and resilience among college students. Completing these readings is encouraged—but not necessary—for attendance. Click the links to read or download copies of the readings.

Silverman, Morton M., et. al., “The Big Ten Student Suicide Study: A 10-Year Study of Suicides on Midwestern University Campuses” (1997). Silverman et al_The Big 10 Suicide Study

Drum, David J., et. al, “New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students: Shifting the Paradigm” (2009). Drum et al_New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and The Williams Institute, “Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults” (2014). AFSP and Williams Institute_Suicide Attempts among Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Adults


Susan Furrer is the co-director of the Tyler Clementi Center and the executive director of the Center for Applied Psychology, a division of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) at Rutgers. The Center for Applied Psychology provides a range of training, consultation, and intervention activities for graduate students in psychology. Dr. Furrer earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology in 1990 from GSAPP. With extensive administrative experience in clinical and technical assistance efforts, she has directed research and program evaluation projects focusing on violence prevention, helpline programs, specialized educational programs, and two APA accredited psychology internship programs. Her clinical interests are in the treatment of children and adults with trauma.

Mary Kelly is the lead psychologist at CAPS (Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services) at Rutgers. Dr. Kelly’s special interests include: community approaches to suicide prevention, crisis intervention, outreach, psychology of work, psychology of gender, trauma, PTSD and other anxiety disorders, and grief and loss.

Francesca Maresca is responsible for the dissemination of health and wellness information to the entire Rutgers community. Dr. Maresca coordinates peer education, assesses the health and wellness of students, sits on a number of University-wide committees (including Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention, LGBTQ Task Force, Diversity Council and Alcohol Policy), and is adjunct faculty for the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy.


The Issues in Higher Education working group is invested in fostering a genuinely inclusive and diverse campus for students, faculty, and professional staff. The group’s activities center on discussing current issues in higher education affecting the lives of students and those who care for them on campus.


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