Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Welcome to the Center for the Prevention of Suicide

Directed by Dr. Gregory K. Brown, the Center for the Prevention of Suicide at the Aaron T. Beck Psychopathology Research Center was founded to develop empirically supported treatments for the prevention suicide in high-risk populations. Dr. Beck’s initial studies of suicide provided a framework for the classification and assessment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Brown and colleagues extended this work by developing a brief, targeted intervention: Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention. This intervention has been found to reduce repeat suicide attempts by 50% compared to enhanced usual care.

Our current research focuses on identifying both risks and protective factors surrounding suicide and evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions such as Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention and Safety Planning.