Suicide Risk Screening in Medical Settings: From Clinical Observation to Research Implementation

September 5, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Maryland Pao, MD

Sponsored by Ewald W. Busse Lectureship. Dr. Pao is the Clinical Director and Deputy Scientific Director of the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health. She completed Pediatric and Psychiatric Residency training as well as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Consultation Liaison Psychiatry. Her core research interests are in the complex interactions between medical and psychiatric symptoms in pediatric oncology, pediatric HIV and other primary immunodeficiencies and on the impact of these diseases on a person's development. She studies distress and its correlates including suicidal thoughts and behaviors in medically ill children. She has published more than 130 research articles and chapters, and co-edited the Quick Reference for Pediatric Oncology Clinicians: The Psychiatric and Psychological Dimensions of Pediatric Cancer Symptom Management, 2nd ed, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015. She helped develop the ASQ¿ (Ask Suicide-Screening Questions), a suicide screening tool for pediatric emergency departments, and Voicing My CHOICES¿, an advance care planning guide for adolescents and young adults. A leader in promoting the field of pediatric consultation liaison psychiatry and integrated care for children, she is a recipient of the 2012 AACAP Simon Wile Award for leadership in Consultation Liaison