Michelle Cornette, PhD (Executive Director)
Dr. Cornette's longtime professional focus has been the study and prevention of suicide. Her professional history in suicide prevention includes roles as administrator, researcher, clinician, educator, and survivor of suicide loss.
Dr. Cornette comes to AAS from the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP), Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, where she served as Military Suicide Subject Matter Expert. In her work for the CDP, she developed a 2-day workshop for military mental health providers on empirically-supported approaches to suicide prevention. The workshop, which was designated among APA's 2013 Presidential Initiatives, has been disseminated to military mental health providers across the country. She co-developed the CDP's online suicide prevention course, and oversaw the 1-week civilian training program. She has also been active in teaching within the Medical and Clinical Psychology doctoral program.
Prior posts held by Dr. Cornette include her 10-year in the VA system, where she was VISN 12 Suicide Prevention Director, Suicide Prevention Team Leader, and Mental Health Division Research Lead. In the former capacity, she was responsible for overseeing suicide prevention activities at the 7 VA facilities in VISN 12. Dr. Cornette has also maintained an active research program on suicide risk, funded by the National Science Foundation, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, the DoD, and VA HSR&D. She has published a number of articles and book chapters, and has presented extensively on the topics of military and civilian suicide risk, risk assessment, and intervention.
Dr. Cornette is a member of the MOMRP Suicide Research Consortium, and the Defense Suicide Prevention Office working group addressing suicide prevention training. She sits on the Medical Advisory Board of the Charles E. Kubly Foundation, and has previously served on the VISN 12 Mental Health Advisory Board, and the Board of Directors, Mental Health American of Wisconsin. She has been honored for her contributions by both VHA and DoD.
Dr. Cornette holds a research faculty appointment in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Amy J. Kulp, M.S.
Amy has been with AAS since 1995, when she was hired as the Administrative Assistant, and has been the Deputy Director since 2000. Amy also serves as the Director of the National Center for the Prevention of Youth Suicide, a program of AAS. Prior to coming to AAS, Amy was a certified crisis counselor at Grassroots Crisis Intervention in Columbia, MD. She was the recipient of the 2000 AAS Roger J. Tierney Award for Service. She holds a BSW in Social Work, and an MS in Applied Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.
Director, Training and Accreditation
Karen Kanefield joined the American Association of Suicidology in 2009. As Director of Training and Accreditation, she oversees the professional training programs offered by the Association such as Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk - Essential Skills for Clinicians and Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk in Primary Care. She also works on training program development through contracts with the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and U.S. Special Operations Command. Prior to joining AAS, Ms. Kanefield was with the American Psychological Association for 12 years as Director of the Continuing Education Approval Office.
Project Portfolio Manager
Ms. Andrea Berman Price is Project Portfolio Manager. In this capacity, she manages training and research projects. She assists in fundraising and membership activities and promotes AAS publications. Ms. Price also supports AAS' early career professional development by directing the intern program.
Holley Jackson has been with AAS for 10 years (2004-present). Prior to coming to AAS he worked in the membership department of the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) in Washington, DC. He currently handles all AAS conference registration, maintenance of all AAS computers, laptops & networking, office equipment, supplies, AAS database management, and sales, as well as keeping great relationships with a majority of AAS vendors.
Justin Ferrese has been with AAS since 2011, when he was hired as Communications Specialist. He currently handles all web communications, social media accounts for AAS, and maintenance of the AAS website. He received his BA in Digital Media from Duquesne University.
*Staff can be reached by phone at central office, (202) 237-2280.