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Jerry Reed, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Director
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
Education Development Center, Inc.

Jerry Reed began serving as the Director of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center in July 2008. In this 

role he oversees the federally funded Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC). Through this work he provides 
state and local officials, grantees, policymakers, interested stakeholders, and the general public with assistance 
in developing, implementing, and evaluating programs and strategies to prevent suicide. 
 
Prior to this appointment, Dr. Reed served for five years as Executive Director of the Suicide Prevention 
Action Network USA (SPAN USA) a national non-profit created to raise awareness, build political will, and call for 
action with regard to advancing, implementing, and evaluating a national strategy to address suicide.  He spent 
15 years as a career civil servant working in both Europe and the United States with the Department of the Army 
developing, implementing, and managing a variety of quality of life programs, including substance abuse 
prevention and treatment; family advocacy; child and youth development programs; social services; and the 
range of morale, welfare, and recreation programs.  Selected as a Congressional Fellow in 1996, Dr. Reed 
worked in the Office of Senator Harry Reid (NV) serving as senior advisor on health care, mental health, suicide 
prevention, and aging issues. 
 
Dr. Reed speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention. His interests include 
geriatrics, mental health, suicide prevention, global violence prevention, and public policy.  He serves on the 
Board of the International Association for Suicide Prevention as Chair of Organizational Representatives. 
 
Dr. Reed received a Ph.D. in Health Related Sciences with an emphasis in Gerontology from the Virginia 
Commonwealth University in Richmond in 2007.  His research topic addressed variation among states in crude 
rates of older adult male suicide. He also received a Masters of Social Work degree with an emphasis in Aging 
Administration from the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1982.