Greden appointed board president of national suicide prevention organization

February 24, 2012

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) has named John F. Greden, M.D., as its new board president.  

Greden is the executive director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, the Rachel Upjohn Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences in the Department of Psychiatry, and research professor at the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Greden in this important volunteer role within AFSP. As president of the board, he will help to guide our organization over the next several years as we expand suicide prevention research, education and advocacy, as well as programs for those bereaved by suicide,” says AFSP Executive Director Robert Gebbia. “Dr. Greden’s clinical and scientific expertise, together with his passion for our cause and leadership abilities, will be invaluable in advancing our suicide prevention mission.”

AFSP is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide by supporting research, offering educational programs for professionals and the public, promoting public policies that impact suicide and prevention, and providing programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and those at risk.

In 2001, Greden became a vocal advocate and champion of U-M’s Depression Center, the first of its kind in the nation. He is also founder and chair of the National Network of Depression Centers, which today has grown to include 21 other academic depression centers. 

Greden was elected to the AFSP Board of Directors in 2008, serves as a member of the AFSP Scientific Council, and previously served as the board’s vice president. In 2010, he was featured in AFSP’s film Depression and Bipolar Awareness: From Diagnosis to Remission, which is widely used throughout the country to educate patients, family members, and caregivers about these illnesses, their treatment, and recovery.

Greden’s research and clinical activities have emphasized the study of the longitudinal course of depression, linkages between stress hormones and depressive recurrences, and clinical strategies for preventing such recurrences. He has published more than 268 scientific papers, edited a number of scientific books, including Treatment Recurrent Depression: A Roadmap for Effective Care, published in 2011. Greden has also been acknowledged in various listings of “The Best Doctors” and the “Top 100 Psychiatrists” in America.

The AFSP board is comprised of leading scientists, business and community leaders and individuals who have been personally touched by mental illness and/or suicide. The board is responsible for setting policy, shaping strategic directions, approving the budget, financial reports and other initiatives, as well as helping to raise needed resources for AFSP’s mission.