Deborah M. Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH

Deborah Stone

Behavioral Scientist, Division of Injury Prevention


Areas of Expertise

  • Suicide prevention

Deb Stone is the Lead Behavioral Scientist on the Suicide Prevention Team within the Applied Science Branch in the Division of Injury Prevention (DIP) at CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Dr. Stone serves as a subject matter expert in suicide prevention. Her major research interests focus on the trends, risk and protective factors, and prevention of suicide in populations at high-risk. The work of the team focuses on a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention using a public health framework and based on the best available evidence as laid out in Preventing Suicide: A Technical Package of Policy, Programs, and Practices and the 2018 Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates — United States, 1999–2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — 27 States, 2015. Additional areas of work for the team include filling gaps in surveillance of nonfatal suicide related outcomes.

Dr. Stone has worked in suicide prevention for 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 from the Harvard School of Public Health.