David A. Brent

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David A. Brent
Alma mater Pennsylvania State University, Jefferson Medical College, University of Pittsburgh
Scientific career
Fields Adolescent psychiatry, suicidology
Institutions Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

David A. Brent is an American psychiatrist with expertise in child and adolescent psychiatry and suicidology. He is Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Epidemiology and Endowed Chair in Suicide Studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, as well as the academic chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.[1][2]


Brent received his B.S. in General Science from Pennsylvania State University in 1972, M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in 1974, and his M.S.Hyg. in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1987.[3] He trained in pediatrics at the University of Colorado and in general and child psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.[1]


Brent began working at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in 1982 as a post-doctoral fellow. Since 1994 he has been a professor of child psychiatry and pediatrics there, as well as a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health since 1995.[3] He is also the co-founder and director of Services for Teens at Risk, a teen-oriented suicide prevention program funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.[1]


Brent's research focuses on the epidemiology of adolescent suicide and risk factors for it, including firearms, substance abuse, and affective disorders.[1] His research has shown, for example, that 40 percent of children under the age of 16 who died by suicide did not have a clearly definable psychiatric disorder, but did have a loaded gun in their homes.[4] Another of his studies found that adolescents who died by suicide were twice as likely to have lived in homes with guns than adolescents who unsuccessfully attempted suicide.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "David Brent, MD". University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "David A. Brent, M.D." University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  3. ^ a b "David Brent CV" (PDF). House of Representatives. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  4. ^ Seupel, Celia Watson (10 March 2015). "Blocking the Paths to Suicide". New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  5. ^ Burling, Stacey (12 March 2015). "Delco death a sad reminder: Guns raise suicide risk". Philly.com. Retrieved 10 January 2016.

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