Dr. Ella Arensman

Prof. Ella Arensman


Prof. Ella Arensman, Adjunct Professor / National Suicide Research Foundation


Since September 2003, Ella Arensman has been working as Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation, and in September 2012 she was appointed Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Health University College Cork. She has been involved in research into suicide and self- harm over the last 25 years, with a particular interest in risk and protective factors associated with suicide and deliberate self harm, clustering and contagion of suicidal behaviour, and efficacy of intervention and prevention programmes addressing self harm and suicide. Other research areas of interest include mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Her research methodological expertise includes epidemiological research, randomised controlled trials, health services research, health information systems, programme evaluation and systematic reviews. She has extensive experience in teaching medical and psychology students at graduate and postgraduate level on a wide range of topics including research methodology, mental health promotion and psycho-diagnostic assessment.

She has been involved in numerous international research consortia including the WHO/Euro Multicentre study on Suicidal Behaviour, Child and Adolescent Self Harm (CASE), the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), Optimised Suicide Prevention Programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe), Preventing Depression and Increasing Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU), and Mental Health Training through Research Network in Europe (MARATONE).

She has published extensively in scientific peer reviewed journals and contributed to international textbooks on suicidal behaviour. She was a member of the writing group that prepared the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention, Reach Out (2005-2014) in Ireland. She serves on a wide range of national and international advisory boards. She is Vice-President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the European Alliance Against Depression.

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