David A. Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP

Creator and Developer of CAMS

Learn More About Us

Learn More About Us

Professor, Clinician, International Expert in SuicidologY

Dr. Jobes is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of Clinical Training at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and the Director of the CUA Suicide Prevention Lab (CUA SPL). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr. Jobes’ research and writing in suicide has produced well over 100 peer reviewed publications (including six books on clinical suicidology). As an internationally recognized suicidologist, Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and was a recipient of that organization’s 1995 “Shneidman Award” in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. Dr. Jobes also received the 2012 AAS “Dublin Award” in recognition of career contributions in suicidology and the 2015 AAS “Linehan Award” in recognition for his ground breaking clinical research. In 2016, Dr. Jobes was awarded the Faculty Achievement Award for Research at The Catholic University of America for his research contribution and the work of the SPL.

Dr. Jobes has served as a research consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and has been a consultant to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institute of Mental Health, the FBI, the National Security Agency, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Jobes is a member of the Scientific Council and the Public Policy Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Board certified in clinical psychology (American Board of Professional Psychology), Dr. Jobes has over 30 years of clinical practice experience and continues to maintain a private clinical and forensic practice in Washington DC.

Honors and Awards

Co-author recipient of the Best Paper of the Year in Archives of Suicide Research from the International Academy for Suicide Research.

1993 Nominated by Catholic University psychology faculty for American Psychological Association distinguished scientific award in recognition of early career contribution to psychology.
1994 Named Faculty Mentor to Howard University students in Preparing Future Faculty (sponsored by the Pew Charitable Trust).
1995 Recipient of the Edwin S. Shneidman Award from the American Association of Suicidology for early career contribution to suicidology.
2001 Testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families—“Adolescent and Young Adult Suicide” (September 7, 2001).
2005 Freshman Convocation Address at The Catholic University of America—“Plans, Goals, and Hope for the Future.”
2006 Distinguished Visiting Professor (DVP) of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.
2007 Featured expert for American Psychological Association Video II Series, “Specific Treatments for Specific Populations: Adolescent Suicide.”
2007 Recipient of the Maryland Psychological Association (MPA) award for “Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Psychology.”
2008 Served on expert panel assisting the “Veterans Affairs Blue Ribbon Work Group on Suicide Prevention.”
2009 Served as one of six civilians on twelve member Congressionally-mandated DOD Suicide Prevention Task Force.
2012 Recipient of the Louis I. Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology for lifetime career contribution to suicide prevention.
2012 Career Achievement Award from the Section on Clinical Emergencies and Crises of Division 12 (Clinical Psychology) of the American Psychological Association.
2014 Faculty Achievement Award for Research from The Catholic University of America (the University’s highest recognition for “significant critical reception” at the national or international level).
2016 Marsha Linehan Award for suicide treatment research from American Association of Suicidology.
2016 Recipient of Outstanding Paper in the 2016 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence (for paper in Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research).
2017 Co-author recipient of the Best Paper of the Year in Archives of Suicide Research from the International Academy for Suicide Research.

Education and Credentials

1981 B.A., Psychology, University of Colorado (Boulder, CO)
1984 M.A., General Psychology, American University (Washington, DC)
1988 Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, American University (Washington, DC)
1989 Licensed Psychologist in Maryland —inactive status
1990 Licensed Psychologist in the District of Columbia
1999 The National Register of Health Service Psychologists
2002 Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology
2010 Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12—Clinical Psychology)