Julie Cerel, Ph.D., is a Professor and a licensed psychologist in the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. Dr. Cerel completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship (NIMH: T32) in Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester prior to joining the faculty at UK in 2005. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University and an internship and clinical fellowship in child clinical psychology at West Virginia University. Her undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College.
Cerel specializes in research on suicide bereavement and exposure, suicide prevention and suicide attempt survivors. Cerel has been funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC), SAMHSA, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPs) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is President of the American Association of Suicidology (http://www.suicidology.org) and has served as the Research Division director and Board Chair. She serves on the board of Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (http://kentuckysuicideprevention.org/) and Our Data Helps (https://ourdatahelps.org/).