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John L. McIntosh, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Psychology at Indiana University South Bend. 

Dr. McIntosh came to IU South Bend in 1979 from the doctoral program in psychology at the University of Notre Dame. He has previously held administrative positions at Indiana University South Bend as Chair of the Department of Psychology, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

Dr. McIntosh received his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Notre Dame in Psychology, and particularly in developmental (late life) psychology. He completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Western Kentucky University.

Dr. McIntosh’s scholarly interest and publications are primarily in the areas of suicidology as well as gerontology. His dissertation centered on suicide among racial/ethnic elderly. Much of his research has focused on bereavement following suicide. He has taught courses in developmental psychology and aging as well as suicidology and a wide range of courses in psychology.

He is the author, co-author, or co-editor of 8 published books on suicide and has contributed chapters to several books and articles to many professional journals. He has made over 100 professional presentations and many keynote addresses at professional conferences. He also serves on the editorial boards of Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. He is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Advancing Suicide Prevention magazine. He is on the national Advisory Council of the Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program.

He is a Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS; served as President in 1993-94) as well as a past member of the AAS Board of Directors and has served as Secretary of the AAS Board of Directors.

McIntosh was the 1990 recipient of the American Association of Suicidology’s Edwin Shneidman Award (awarded to a person below the age of 40 for scholarly contributions in research to the field of suicidology) and the 1999 recipient of AAS’s Roger Tierney Award for Service. McIntosh was Program Chair of the 1990 23rd annual AAS meeting in New Orleans. McIntosh was also the 2011 recipient of the Charles T. Rubey LOSS Award (recognizing extraordinary impact on the lives of survivors of suicide) given by the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

McIntosh was the 1994 recipient of the IUSB Distinguished Teaching Award and the 1995 recipient of the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. He also received an IUSB Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1998. In 2000, McIntosh was selected as the 16th IUSB Eldon F. Lundquist Faculty Fellow as well as the 2nd recipient of the IUSB Distinguished Research Award

McIntosh's work has been reported in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. He also appeared on the Donahue (1986) and Oprah (1989) television programs to discuss elderly suicide.

Books Authored:

  • Devastating Losses: How Parents Cope With the Death of a Child to Suicide or Drugs (Springer, 2012)
  • Coeditor of and contributor of five chapters: Grief after suicide: Understanding the Consequences and Caring for the Survivors (Routledge [Taylor & Francis Group], 2011
  • Coeditor of and chapter contributor: Review of Suicidology, 2000 (Guilford Press, 2000)
  • Coauthor: Elder Suicide: Research, Theory and Treatment (American Psychological Association, 1994)
  • Coeditor of and contributor of three chapters: Suicide and the Older Adult (Guilford Press, 1992)
  • Coeditor of and contributor of three chapters: Suicide and Its Aftermath: Understanding and Counseling the Survivors (W.W. Norton, 1987)
  • Coauthor: Suicide and the Elderly: An Annotated Bibliography and Review (Greenwood Press, 1986)
  • Author: Research on Suicide: A Bibliography  (Greenwood Press, 1985)

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