Dorian Lamis

Director of Education Core and Certificate Program

Dorian A. Lamis, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. He is the Director of Education and Training at the Injury Prevention Research Center at Emory (IPRCE), the Director of Research at the Grady Nia Project, and the Associate Director of the Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology. He is a member of the IPRCE Steering Committee and is also the chair of the IPRCE Injury Prevention Certificate Advisory Committee. Dr. Lamis’ research focuses on mood disorders, substance use, and suicidal behaviors in a variety of populations including adolescents, African Americans, and patients with serious mental illnesses (SMI). Dr. Lamis has published over 150 peer reviewed articles and book chapters on these topics. His current H-index is 25 and he regularly publishes papers in top tier journals, while also serving on two editorial boards (Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Journal of Family Psychology). Dr. Lamis routinely works clinically with patients with SMI and are at-risk for suicide and/or other self-harm behaviors. He provides direct clinical and administrative services at the Grady Memorial Hospital Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic, as well as supervises psychology practicum students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows; medical students; and residents.

Priority projects include examining the roles of biological (genetic, epigenetic) and environmental risk (e.g., adverse childhood experiences) and protective (e.g., spiritual well-being) factors for suicide among African Americans, particularly those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Moreover, Dr. Lamis is co-investigator and evaluator on a grant funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration that addresses youth suicide through training, outreach, and the implementation of evidence-based practices in three rural counties in Georgia. Overall, the goal of his research is to advance our understanding of the assessment and treatment of suicide, with a focus on underserved populations.

Selected Career Milestones 

  • Editor, Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide (2011)
  • Editor, Advancing the Science of Suicidal Behavior: Understanding and Intervention (2015).
  • Established and direct the Bipolar Clinic and Research Program at the Grady Hospital Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic (2016)
  • Visiting Professor, Sapienza University in Rome, Italy (2017)
  • Visiting Professor, Shanghai University, China (2019)
  • New Investigator Awardee, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (2019)
  • Co-chair of the DBHDD Georgia Suicide Prevention Workgroup to develop the 2020-2025 Georgia Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan (2020)



BS, University of Georgia

MA, East Tennessee State University

PhD, University of South Carolina