Dr Ella Arensman is Director of Research with the National Suicide Research Foundation and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork, Ireland. She has been involved in research into suicide and self harm over the last 25 years, with a particular interest in risk and protective factors associated with suicide and deliberate self harm, clustering and contagion of suicidal behaviour, and efficacy of intervention and prevention programmes addressing self harm and suicide.
Dr Arensman has been involved in numerous international research consortia including the WHO/Euro Multicentre study on Suicidal Behaviour, Child and Adolescent Self Harm (CASE), Network for International Collaboration on Evidence (NICE-SP), the European Alliance Against Depression (EAAD), Optimised Suicide Prevention programmes and their Implementation in Europe (OSPI-Europe), Preventing Depression and Increasing Awareness through Networking in the EU (PREDI-NU).
She has published extensively in scientific peer reviewed journals and contributed to international textbooks on suicidal behaviour. She was a member of the writing group that prepared the National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention, Reach Out (2005-2014) in Ireland. She serves on a wide range of national and international advisory boards. She is Vice-President of the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the European Alliance Against Depression.