Jonathan B. Singer, Ph.D., LCSW
President, American Association of Suicidology
Jonathan Singer, Ph.D., LCSW is associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. He is the President of the American Association of Suicidology and coauthor of the bestselling 2015 Routledge text, Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. He is a two-time winner of the National Association of Social Workers Media Award in 2012 and 2016. He was a 2014 Visiting Scholar at Fordham University, the 2017 Lucille N. Austin Scholar at Columbia University, and the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer at Weber State University.
For the past 24 years, Dr. Singer has been a community mental health clinician, educator and researcher, much of that time providing crisis services to suicidal youth and their families. His clinical and research interests focus on interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth; service access and service utilization; and use of technology in education and clinical practice.
Dr. Singer is a well-regarded international speaker. He has given hundreds of continuing education workshops, keynote addresses, and presentations to the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, parenting groups, and national professional organizations on topics ranging from youth suicide and cyberbullying to ethics, mental health, technology, social media, and adolescent development.
Dr. Singer is the author of over 65 publications. His research has been featured in national and international media outlets like NPR, Fox, Time Magazine, and The Guardian. He is a regular commentator for Healio Psychiatry. He worked with Dr. Guy Diamond, first at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, then Drexel on a 5-year federally funded clinical trial of attachment-based family therapy for suicidal and depressed youth.
Dr. Singer has a long history integrating suicide prevention, social services and technology. In 1997 he created the first electronic medical records for Austin's mobile crisis unit; is a founding member of the online suicide prevention social media community #SPSM; the Treasurer for the international human services Information Technology association (http://husita.org/); and co-lead for the Social Work Grand Challenge initiative "Harness Technology for Social Good."
Dr. Singer is the founder and host of the award winning Social Work Podcast (www.socialworkpodcast.com), the first podcast by and for social workers. The Social Work Podcast has over 37,000 followers on social media, visitors from 208 countries and territories, and a million podcast episode downloads per year. He lives in Evanston, IL with his wife and three children.