David A Brent, MD

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Epidemiology, and Clinical and Translational Science and Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara Street
Jamey Covaleski

Education & Training

Jefferson Medical College
Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania Cognitive Therapy Institute
Psychiatric Epidemiology, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic of UPMC

Selected Honors & Awards

Morselli Medal, International Academy of Suicide Research
Ruane Prize, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders
Top 10 Advancements and Breakthroughs in 2016, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Research Interests

Treatment of adolescent depression; Adolescent suicide prevention; Prediction of suicidal risk
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Brent DA, Hur K, Gibbons RD. Association between parental medical claims for opioid prescriptions and risk of suicide attempt by their children. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 May 22. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0940. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31116357
  2. Brent DA, Melhem NM, Oquendo M, Burke A, Birmaher B, Stanley B, Biernesser C, Keilp J, Kolko D, Ellis S, Porta G, Zelazny J, Iyengar S, Mann JJ. Familial pathways to early-onset suicide attempt: a 5.6 year prospective study. JAMA Psychiatry. Feb 2015;72(2):160-168.
  3. Brent DA, Brunwasser SM, Hollon SD, Weersing VR, Clarke GN, Dickerson JF, Beardslee WR, Gladstone TR, Porta G, Lynch FL, Iyengar S, Garber J. Effect of a cognitive-behavioral prevention program on depression 6 years after implementation among at-risk adolescents: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Psych. 2015;72(11):1110-1118.
  4. Brent D, Melhem N, Donohoe MB, Walker M. The incidence and course of depression in bereaved youth 21 months after the loss of a parent to suicide, accident, or sudden natural death. Am J Psychiatry. 2009;166:786-794.
  5. Brent D, Emslie G, Clarke G, Wagner KD, Asarnow JR, Keller M, Vitiello B, Ritz L, Iyengar S, Abebe K, Birmaher B, Ryan N, Kennard B, Hughes C, DeBar L, McCracken J, Strober M, Suddath R, Spirito A, Leonard H, Melhem N, Porta G, Onorato M, Zelazny J. Switching to another SSRI or to venlafaxine with or without cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescents with SSRI-resistant depression: The TORDIA randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2008;299:901-913.

Clinical Interests

Adolescent suicide and suicidal behavior; Cognitive behavior therapy; Adolescent depression
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Brent DA, Poling K. Cognitive Therapy Manual for Depressed and Suicidal Youth. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh; 1997.
  2. Poling K, Brent DA, Birmaher B. Understanding and Coping with Bipolar Illness: A Survival Manual for Families. Pittsburgh: WPIC; 1998.
  3. Kerr MM, Brent DA, McKain B, McCommons PS. Postvention Standards Manual - A Guide for a School's Response in the Aftermath of a Sudden Death. Pittsburgh:University of Pittsburgh; 2010.
  4. Brent DA, Poling K, Goldstein TR. Treating Depressed and Suicidal Adolescents: A Clinician's Guide New York: Guilford Press; 2011.

Education Interests

Research mentorship