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Michael Anestis

Dr. Michael Anestis

Associate Professor


Dr. Anestis received his PhD from Florida State University and currently serves as an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Suicide and Emotion Dysregulation lab. He also currently serves as admissions director for the clinical psychology doctoral program. His research interests focus on risk factors for and the prevention of suicide within both military and civilian populations. He has a particular interest in the role of firearms and suicide and recently published a book on the topic entitled "Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic." Dr. Anestis was the 2018 winner of the American Association of Suicidology's Edwin Shneidman award for early career achievement in suicide research.

  • PHD - Florida State University (2011)
  • MS - Florida State University (2007)
  • BA - Yale University (2002)

Undergraduate Courses:
PSY 361: Research Methods
PSY 436: Abnormal Psychology

Graduate Courses:
PSY 742: Empirically Supported Treatments for Adults
PSY 780: Adult Psychopathology
PSY 782: Adult Clinical Practicum

  • Guns and suicide: An American epidemic, 2018
  • Suicide Rates and State Laws Regulating Access and Exposure to Handguns, AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH, 2015, 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302753
  • Prior suicide attempts are less common in suicide decedents who died by firearms relative to those who died by other means, Journal of Affective Disorders, 2016, 10.1016/j.jad.2015.09.007
  • Treating the capability for suicide: A vital and understudied frontier in suicide prevention, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2017, 10.1111/sltb.12311
  • Perceptions of firearms and suicide: The role of misinformation in storage practices and openness to means safety measures, Journal of Affective Disorders, 2018

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Areas of Expertise

Clinical Psychology, Suicide Prevention, Firearms and Suicide, Military Suicide, Capability for Suicide