Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education

2019 Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education
Presents: Dr. Bernice A. Pescolosido
"Stepping Back on a Classic: Durkheim, Suicide, and the new challenges of a New Era"


We are excited to announce that Bernice A. Pescosolido, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Indiana University and Director of the Indiana Consortium for Mental Health Services Research, will give this year’s Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture. Dr. Pescosolido was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2016 and is a leading expert on the stigma associated with mental illness. Her research agenda addresses how social networks connect individuals to their communities and to institutional structures. Thursday, September 12, 2019, 4pm Reception, 5pm Lecture. Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room, CNR 8202, 1518, Clifton Road.


Dr. Pescosolido’s talk is entitled Stepping Back on a Classic: Durkheim, Suicide, and the Challenges of a New Era. Suicide has come to the fore of public and policy attention in the US once again, given the first significant increases in suicide rates since the 1970s. While a small group of sociologists have consistently addressed critical issues in dying by suicide, the recent rise challenges current theoretical and methodological approaches. In this presentation, a brief history of the major limitations to suicide research and innovations that overcame them, is followed by an accounting of current limitations and proposals to push past them. Data from the US Multi-Level Population-Based Suicide Dataset (MLPSD), compiled by IU researchers, provide an opportunity to illustrate one possible path forward.

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We owe much of the success of Rollins’ Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Department to Virginia “Genie” DeHaan (1927-1988), an outstanding faculty member and public health champion. Genie was part of Rollins’ MPH program from the beginning.

As a faculty member, her diligent work fostered a smooth initial accreditation process for the school. She also pioneered the development of the Health Promotion and Education Track, and chaired the search to hire our first Health Education faculty member.

She was active in the mental health community and devoted much of her personal time to garnering resources for those who were mentally ill.

Students and faculty enjoyed limitless access to her guidance, support, and gentle advice.The Virginia S. DeHaan Lecture on Health Promotion and Education honors Genie’s memory by bringing a preeminent scholar to Rollins.