Deborah M. Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH

Deb Stone

Lead Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Suicide prevention

Deb Stone is the lead behavioral scientist for CDC’s Suicide Prevention Team within the Applied Sciences Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s Injury Center. This team focuses on using data, science, action, and collaboration to prevent suicide, inclusive of the implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive public health approach that addresses the many factors associated with suicide and the best available evidence to prevent it.

Dr. Stone has worked in suicide prevention for over 20 years. Prior to joining CDC, she worked as a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program, served as the director of the National Center for Suicide Prevention Training under the direction of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and Education Development Center, and led the development of the first suicide prevention strategy for the State of Rhode Island. Dr. Stone served on the Board of Directors for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Georgia chapter from 2015 to 2019.

Dr. Stone received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a joint master’s degree in social work and public health from the University of Michigan. She received her doctor of science degree in social and behavioral sciences from the Harvard School of Public Health.