Professor Rory O’Connor Named Recipient of Prestigious American Suicide Prevention Research Award

Professor Rory O’Connor named as the Recipient of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 2023 Research Award.

This prestigious research award is an annual award for “a researcher or group of researchers who have completed significant research to advance a specific area of suicide prevention.” 

Rory has received the award in recognition of his research into the psychology of suicide, in particular for his work on understanding the transition from suicidal thoughts to suicidal acts.

Rory is only the 3rd recipient from the UK, 1st from Scotland, to have their research recognised by AFSP in this way.

Rory commented:

“I am delighted to be named as winner of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s 2023 Research Award. It is a huge honour to join the list of distinguished scientists and clinicians who are past recipients of this award; many of whom have inspired my work.” 

“I’d also like to thank all of my collaborators but especially all members of the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab at Glasgow; this award is in recognition of their endeavours and it is also important to acknowledge the funders who made our research possible.  Finally, heartfelt thanks to all those directly affected by suicide and suicidal behaviour, who have taken part in our research and given so generously of their time.”

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention ( is the largest private funder of suicide prevention research globally and Rory will receive the award formally at a Research Awards Dinner in New York in Spring 2023. 

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