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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Sean Joe, MSW, PhD.

Contact Information

Phone: (734) 763-6288
Fax: (734) 763-3372

Primary Programs/Services:
Child and Adolescent


  • Ph.D., University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign, School of Social Work (1999)
  • MSW, State University of New York at Stony Brook, School of Social Welfare (1994)
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook (1991)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Youth Policy, School of Social Work (1999-2001)

Clinical Interest:

  • Adolescent suicidal behavior
  • Depression
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Black suicide

Research Interest:

  • Cognitive behavior treatment of black suicide attempters
  • Psychosocial interventions with suicidal black adolescents
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Genetic and neurological issues in black suicidal behavior

Academic Appointment:

  • Associate Professor, School of Social Work
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
  • Director, Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network
  • Faculty Associate Program for Research on Black Americans

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Joe, S., Clarke, J., Ivey, A. Z., Kerr, D., King, C. A. (In Press). Impact of Familial Factors and Psychopathology on Suicidality among African American Adolescents. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment.
  • Joe, S. & Marcus, S. (2003). Trends by Race and Gender in Suicide Attempts Among U. S. Adolescents, 1991-2001. Psychiatric Services, 54 (4), 454.
  • Joe, S & Kaplan, M. S. (2002). Firearm-Related Suicide Among Young African-American Males. Psychiatric Services, 53 (3), 332-334.
  • Joe, S & Kaplan, M. S. (2001). Suicide Among African American Men. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 31 (1), 106-121.