Cynthia Ewell Foster, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Research Associate Professor, Institute for Firearm Injury Prevention

Department of Psychiatry Faculty Profile

Suicide Unintentional Injury

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Dr. Cynthia Ewell Foster is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child and Family Subspecialty). Dr. Ewell Foster’s research program is focused on youth depression and suicide prevention, with particular interests in family, community and systems-based interventions. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple federally or foundation funded grants. Dr. Ewell Foster is currently the Co-Investigator and Lead Evaluator for the State of Michigan’s SAMHSA- funded youth suicide prevention initiative and the lead evaluator for Michigan’s CDC-funded Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRISMM) grant initiative.

Dr. Ewell Foster is also a clinician and clinical educator; she specializes in suicide risk assessment and care management, treatments for internalizing disorders, and the development of family and community supports for young people. Dr. Ewell Foster is the co-author of Teen Suicide Risk: A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. Guilford Press. Her research areas of interest are: suicide risk assessment and care management; development of family and community supports for youth to reduce risk for suicide; interventions to promote firearms safety; and evaluation of community-based public health approaches to suicide prevention.