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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Cheryl Ann King, Ph.D.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 764-3168
Fax: (734) 615-8739

Primary Programs/Services:
Child and Adolescent


  • 1987-1988 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Lafayette Clinic and Wayne State University, Department of Psychiatry, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1983-1984 Clinical Psychology Internship, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1978-1983 Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; Ph.D. (major: Clinical Psychology; minor: Developmental Psychology)
  • 1973-1976 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; B.A. (conferred "With High Distinction")

Clinical Interest:

  • Assessment and treatment of suicidal youth
  • Early onset depression
  • Psychosocial interventions with children and families (cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, family therapy)

Research Interest:

  • Youth Suicide Prevention/Intervention Efficacy
  • Adolescent depression/Depressive comorbidities
  • Suicide Risk Factors
  • Developmental Psychopathology

Academic Appointment:

  • Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry
  • Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology
  • Director of the Mary A. Rackham Institute

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • King CA, Merchant C: Social and interpersonal factors relating to adolescent suicidality: A review of the literature. Archives of Suicide Research, 12, 181-196, 2008. PMID: 18576200
  • King CA, Kramer A: Intervention research with youths at elevated risk for suicide: Meeting the ethical and regulatory challenges of informed consent and assent. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38(5), 486-497, 2008. PMID: 19014301
  • King CA, O’Mara RM, Hayward CN, Cunningham RM: Adolescent suicide risk screening in the emergency department. Academic Emergency Medicine, 16, 1234-1241, 2009. PMID: 19845554
  • King CA, Klaus N, Kramer A, Venkataraman S, Quinlan P, Gillespie G: The Youth-Nominated Support Team for Suicidal Adolescents Version II: A randomized controlled intervention trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77(5), 880-893, 2009. PMID: 19803568
  • Czyz EK, Liu Z, King CA: Social connectedness and one-year trajectories among suicidal adolescents following psychiatric hospitalization. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 41(2), 214-226, 2012. PMID: 22417194
  • O’Mara, R.M., Hill, R.M., Cunningham, R.M., & King, C.A. Parent and adolescent attitudes towards screening for suicide risk and mental health problems in the pediatric emergency department. Pediatric Emergency Care, 28(7), 626-632, 2012. PMID: 22743751
  • King, C.A., Hill, R.M., Wynne, H.A. & Cunningham, R.M. Adolescent Suicide Risk Screening: The Effect of Communication about type of Follow-Up on Adolescents’ Screen Response. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41(4), 508-515, 2012. PMID: 22540534
  • King, C.A., Horwitz, A.G., Berona, J., & Jiang, Q. Acutely Suicidal Adolescents Who Engage in Bullying Behavior: One Year Trajectories. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(1 Suppl); S43-50, 2012. PMID: 23790201
  • King, C.A., Jiang, Q., Czyz, E.K., & Kerr, C.R. Suicidal ideation of psychiatrically hospitalized adolescent has One-Year Predictive Validity for Suicide Attempts in Girls Only. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Published online: 31 August 2013 PMID: 23996157
  • Czyz, E.K & King, C.A. Longitudinal trajectories of suicidal ideation and subsequent suicide attempts among adolescent inpatients. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Published online: 2013 Sep 30 PMID: 24079705
  • Gipson, P.Y., Agarwala, P., Opperman, K. J., Horwitz, A., & King, C.A. Columbia – Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS): Predictive validity with adolescent psychiatric emergency patients. In press. Pediatric Emergency Care.
  • King, C.A., Eisenberg, D., Zheng, K., Czyz, E., Kramer, A., Horwitz, A., & Chermack, S. Online suicide risk screening and intervention with college students: A pilot randomized controlled clinical trial. In press. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.