APA nominee named to IOM committee studying defense health programs

Psychologist M. David Rudd will bring expertise in suicide prevention.

Psychologist M. David Rudd has been selected by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to serve on a new committee that will undertake a systematic review and critique of the Department of Defense reintegration programs for service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as overall prevention strategies for behavioral and mental health. 

APA nominated Rudd to serve on the IOM panel, on the basis of his considerable expertise in suicide risk factors and suicide prevention, one of the key priority areas targeted by the committee. Newly named as the provost of the University of Memphis, Rudd is both a clinician and active researcher and is currently conducting a $1.97 million clinical trial for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo.

Rudd’s most recent testimony before Congress on the issue of veterans’ mental health and suicide prevention can be seen on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs website. 

For more information contact Heather O’Beirne Kelly.