Jill Harkavy Friedman

Jill Harkavy Friedman

Company: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Job title: Vice President of Research


Dr. Jill Harkavy-Friedman leads the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s growing research grant program. She works with over 200 scientific advisors to evaluate progress in the field and chart the next areas of inquiry to yield impactful insights and strategies for suicide prevention. She serves as liaison to other national organizations and together they work to facilitate innovative and impactful research with a goal translating research into the prevention of suicide.

In her more than 30 years of experience as both a clinician and a researcher, she has always been passionate about translating research into practice. Harkavy-Friedman has published over 100 articles, and she works closely with AFSP’s Education, Communication, and Public Policy and Advocacy teams to develop programs and messages to ensure they follow best practices in suicide prevention and reflect the latest findings in research.

Dr. Harkavy-Friedman earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree and doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Florida. In 1984, after her internship at Yale-New Haven Hospital, she joined Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an assistant professor where she established the Adolescent Depression and Suicide Program. In 1989, Harkavy-Friedman moved to Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute, first as an assistant professor and currently as an associate professor of clinical psychology in psychiatry. As a licensed psychologist, she maintains a clinical practice in Manhattan.


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