Ronald W. Maris, Ph.D., directs the Center for the Study of Suicide and is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches suicide death investigation and prevention to psychiatric residents, physicians, nurses, and medical students. He is also editor ofSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the official journal of the American Association of Suicidology. The author of numerous journal articles on suicide, Dr. Maris has served as either author or editor of 11 books on the topic. He is past president and treasurer of the American Association of Suicidology and is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
Bruce Bongar, PhD, is Professor in the Clinical Psychology Program at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP), in Palo Alto, California, Consulting Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of the joint doctoral program in Psychology and the Law offered by PGSP and Golden Gate University School of Law. Alan L. (Lanny) Berman, PhD, is Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology. He has published widely on the subject of suicide and frequently provides expert testimony in legal cases involving malpractice and wrongful death. He served as the suicide expert to the Office of Independent Counsel to investigate and finalize their report on the 1993 death of White House Counsel Vincent W. Foster, Jr. Ronald W. Maris, PhD, is Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Suicide at the University of South Carolina. Past President of the American Association of Suicidology and former Editor-in-Chief of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, that association's official journal, he has published numerous books on the subject of suicide. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, a board-certified Forensic Examiner, and maintains a private practice in forensic consultation. Morton M. Silverman, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director, Student Counseling and Resource Service at the University of Chicago. He is Editor-in-Chief of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and coeditor of the book Review of Suicidology, 1997. Eric A. Harris, EdD, JD, is a consultant to the American Psychological Association Insurance Trust and a faculty member of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. He has consulted and lectured extensively on both risk management and managed care. Wendy L. Packman, JD, PhD, is a Fellow in Pediatric Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco. She has written judicial opinions on psychological disability in social security cases, and her published articles include a review of malpractice arising from negligent psychotherapy. She is also active in the development of the joint doctoral program in Psychology and the Law offered by PGSP and Golden Gate University School of Law.