SPEAKER Dr. Ella Arensman

Director of Research, National Suicide Research Foundation; Research Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Ella Arensman

Professor Ella Arensman is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF) and Research Professor with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She holds an MSc and PhD from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She is President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), with members in more than 60 countries.
In addition, she is Vice President of the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD).
She has been involved in research and prevention into suicide and self-harm for 30 years, with emphasis on risk and protective factors associated with suicide and self-harm and effectiveness of suicide prevention and self-harm intervention programmes. In Ireland, she played a key role in developing the first and second National Suicide Prevention Programme: Reach Out, 2005-2014, and Connecting for Life, 2015-2020. She had a key role in a successful application for the NSRF to become a WHO Collaborating Centre in Surveillance and Research in Suicide Prevention. She serves on various national and international scientific committees and she is an expert advisor for WHO with involvement in advisory boards and delegations, such as South Korea, Egypt, French Polynesia and Afghanistan.
In 2015, following nomination by University College Cork and the National Suicide Research Foundation, Prof Arensman was a successful applicant with a HRB Research Leaders Award for a five-year research programme: Individual and Area Level Determinants of Self-Harm and Suicide in Ireland: Enhancing Prediction, Risk Assessment and Management of Self-Harm by Health Services. Moreover, Prof Arensman had a leading role in successful HRB applications for the SSIS-ACE and KEDS projects.
In addition to more than 100 papers published in peer review journals, Prof Arensman has published an extensive number of reports for government departments and funding agencies, in particular the HSE National Office for Suicide Prevention. She has also authored numerous chapters in international textbooks.