About the Provost
M. David Rudd is Provost at the University of Memphis. He also continues his affiliation with the National Center for Veterans Studies at the University of Utah, as co-founder and scientific director. Prior to moving to Memphis, he was dean of the College of Social & Behavioral Science at the University of Utah. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine (National Academies of Science) committee for the Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and their Families.
His undergraduate degree is from Princeton University. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with approximately 200 publications. He recently completed a $1.97 million clinical trial for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado, and is involved in a second trail funded at over $1 million. Over the years, he has been involved in over $18 million of funded research as either a PI or Co-PI. He currently serves on the Institute of Medicine/National Academies of Science Committee on Assessment of Resiliency and Prevention Programs for Mental and Behavioral Health in Service Members and their Families. He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006, The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (with Joiner, VanOrden, & Witte) from the American Psychological Association Press, and the recently published Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care (with Craig Bryan). His research has been recognized with awards both national and international. He has served as a consultant to many organizations nationally and internationally, including the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center.
Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, a previous members of the APA Council of Representatives, and currently serves on the board of the PDV Foundation. Dr. Rudd has testified seven times before the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, on issues related to veterans and suicide.