JED’s Media Experts

JED Media Experts can offer members of the press deep insight and clinically-informed commentary on today’s most critical mental health issues. Our experts have a broad range of experience in all aspects of mental health and suicide prevention as engaged professionals in the mental health sector.

Connect with our Experts

Learn more about the clinicians and experts who advise on JED’s programs and resources. To request a media interview, please email

Anne Marie Albano PhD, ABPP

Professor of Medical Psychology at CUMC

Dr. Albano is a professor of medical psychology, a clinical psychologist, and board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology. In addition to serving as Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at 3 Columbus Circle, she also conducts research and trains residents, fellows, and psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns. Her research is focused on the development and testing of psychosocial treatments for anxiety and mood disorders, and in understanding the impact of these disorders on the developing youth.

Expertise: Anxiety, mood disorders

Degrees: Albano earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi.


Social Media: Twitter


Alan L. Berman, PhD (Lanny)

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Dr. Berman is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Between 1995 and 2014 he served as Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Prior to this he attained the rank of tenured full professor of psychology at American University (1969-1991) and was named Director of the National Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide at the Washington School of Psychiatry (1991-1995). Dr. Berman maintains a private practice of psychological and forensic consultation in Chevy Chase, MD. He has published over 160 professional articles and book chapters and has edited/authored 8 books.

Expertise: Suicide, Forensic Research

Degrees: Dr. Berman holds a B.A. degree from the Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America.


Daniel Eisenberg, PhD

Professor, Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA

Dr. Eisenberg’s broad research goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively and efficiently in the mental health of young people. In recognition of his early career research, in 2010 he was awarded the Thompson Prize for Young Investigators by the Association of University Programs in Health Administration. He is the program director for his department’s Ph.D. program in Health Services Organization and Policy.

Expertise: Higher education mental health, value of economic investment in mental health

Degrees: Dr. Eisenberg completed a B.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Stanford University and a postdoctoral traineeship in mental health services and policy research at UC-Berkeley.


Claude Mellins, PhD

Professor, Medical Psychology at the Columbia University Medical Center

Claude Ann Mellins, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with expertise in psychosocial aspects of HIV disease, substance use, and stress and trauma in children, adolescents, young adults and families in the US and globally. In February 2014, Dr. Mellins became Co-Director of the Office of Clinical Psychology for CUMC psychologists functioning in clinical roles throughout the medical center. Over the past 25 years, Dr. Mellins has completed projects examining neurodevelopment, mental health, and sexual and drug risk behavior in vulnerable populations of children, adolescents, and young adults, particularly those affected by HIV, poverty and substance abuse.

Degrees: Dr. Mellins completed a B.A. at Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of Southern California.



Is There a Smarter Way to Think about Sexual Assault on Campus? – The New Yorker

Kurt Michael, PhD

Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Appalachian State University

Dr. Kurt Michael is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University (ASU). He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Mental Health and his primary areas of research are mental health in K-12 schools, adolescent suicidology, and rural healthcare. Dr. Michael also serves as a consultant for the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) Program.

Expertise: School mental health, suicide prevention, and means reduction

Degrees: Dr. Michael earned a B.A. at the University of Colorado-Boulder, an M.S. and Ph.D. at Utah State University, and completed a Clinical Psychology Internship at Duke University Medical Center.



* = student author

  • Michael, K.D., & Ramtekkar, U. (2022). Overcoming barriers to effective suicide
    prevention in rural communities. In Horowitz, L., & Ackerman, J. (Eds.), Youth Suicide
    Prevention and Intervention: Current Best Practices and Policy Implications. New York, NY:
  • *Rosen, M., Michael, K.D., & Jameson, JP (2020). CALM gatekeeper training is
    associated with increased confidence in utilizing means reduction approaches to
    suicide prevention among college resident assistants. Journal of American College
  • *Capps, R.E., Michael, K.D., & Jameson, J.P. (2019). Lethal means and adolescent
    suicide risk: An expansion of the PEACE Protocol. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 43
    (1), 3-16, doi:
  • Michael, K.D., Jameson, J.P., & *Capps, E. (2017). Preface: Making the case for rural
    school mental health.  In K.D. Michael, & J.P. Jameson (Eds.) Handbook of rural school
    mental health. New York, NY: Springer. Ordering Info [PDF]


Anthony Rostain, MD

Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Rostain’s clinical focus is “lifespan neurodevelopmental psychiatry,” which includes patients of all ages with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Tourette Syndrome, Learning Disabilities (verbal and nonverbal) and related social learning disorders. He treats patients at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he is Co-Director of the Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Service, and at Penn Medicine / Behavioral Health where he is Medical Director of the Adult Development Disorders Unit which includes the Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program. Dr. Rostain’s research interests focus on improving clinical outcomes for patients across the lifespan with neurodevelopmental disorders, and on creating effective service systems for these patients and their families. He has co-authored two books on adult ADHD, entitled The Adult ADHD Tool Kit: Using CBT to Facilitate Coping Inside and Out, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD: An Integrative Psychosocial and Medical Approach (Routledge). He is also co-author of a new book on college mental health entitled The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years (St. Martin’s Press).

Expertise: ADHD, social learning disorders, CBT

Degrees: Dr. Rostain earned a B.A. at Yale University, an M.S. at Southern Connecticut State College, an M.D. at the New York School of Medicine, and an M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania.



Nance Roy Ed D

Chief Clinical Officer at The Jed Foundation; Assistant Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry

Nance has over 20 years of experience as a psychologist working in college mental health. Prior to her work at JED, Nance was Director of the Health and Counseling Center at Sarah Lawrence College before becoming the Assistant Dean of Health and Wellness at Sarah Lawrence, and more recently was the Associate Dean of Health and Wellness at Rhode Island School of Design. She is a senior advisor for the National College Depression Partnership and her publications have focused on effective strategies for treatment and management of at-risk students on college campuses.

Expertise: College mental health

Degrees: Nance earned a B.S. degree from the University of Rhode Island, an M.S. from the University of North Carolina, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.