The UNC Injury Prevention Research Center will host the 2015 Patricia F. Waller Lecture on April 13 at 1 p.m. in the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Eric Caine, MD, director of the Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will present “Suicide Prevention is a Winnable Battle…if….” A reception will follow.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Caine, a leading researcher in the field of risk factors for suicide and ways to prevent suicide, has served during the past decade as an expert consultant to the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the Veterans Administration Blue Ribbon Panel on Suicide Prevention. Most recently, he has been a member of a federal task force charged with re-drafting the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.
Suicide was the leading cause of injury death in North Carolina in 2012 and 2013. The recently released 2015 N.C. Suicide Prevention Plan aims to empower North Carolinians with knowledge and examples of actions they can take to prevent suicide.
This annual lecture is held in memory of Patricia Fossum Waller, PhD, a UNC professor who worked for nearly two decades as a researcher at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, where she developed the concept for graduated licensing that would become adopted nationwide.
She launched the Injury Prevention Research Center with a vision merging her background in traffic safety with public health perspectives on injury control. Waller later was director of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and professor of public health policy and administration. She retired to Chapel Hill in 1999.
The event is sponsored jointly by the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC-CH Department of Psychology.