John P. Ackerman, PhD

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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John Ackerman, PhD, is a child clinical psychologist and the Suicide Prevention Clinical Managerfor the Center for Suicide Prevention and Research (CSPR) at Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH). The CSPR helps schools and community organizations in Ohio implement evidence-based prevention strategies. Dr Ackerman and his team have provided training to many schools throughout central and southeastern Ohio using an enhanced Signs of Suicide (SOS) prevention programming model with a focus on fidelity and long-term sustainability. Efforts are underway to support out-of-school programs such as the Boys and Girls Clubs to implement effective suicide prevention strategies as well. Dr. Ackerman also supports clinical training of psychologists, social workers, and counselors at Nationwide Children's Hospital. He serves on the Zero Suicide Implementation team at NCH and is involved in training on suicide screening and risk assessment in primary care and community settings.

Dr. Ackerman has a strong research interest in risk factors and treatments for mood disorders and suicide. His research focuses on neurocognitive risk factors for youth suicidal behavior. He has also published on how media reporting impacts youth suicide and has provided training to the journalist in Ohio on best practices in discussing suicide as part of a grant funded by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Additionally, Dr. Ackerman is an active member of the American Association of Suicidology, the Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition, Franklin County Child Fatality Review Board, Zero Suicide Institute, and the national Behavioral Health Innovations (BHI) Advisory Council.

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Awards, Honors & Organizations
  • Sigma Delta Chi Award, Society of Professional Journalists for Excellence in Research in Journalism, 2020
  • Grant, “Ohio Campaign for Hope: Caring Contacts Supporting Youth Transitions following Acute Care for Suicidal Ideation or Behavior", Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation, 2020
  • Grant, “Media Guidelines for Reporting Deaths by Suicide", Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction, 2017
  • Member, Franklin County Child Fatality Review Board, 2018 - Present
  • Member, Nationwide Children's Hospital Zero Suicide Implementation Committee, Pediatric Acute Track Training Committee, 2017 - Present
  • Strategic Media Committee, Autism & Suicide Committee, Crisis Intervention & Standards Workgroup, and Youth Suicide Prevention Committees, American Association of Suicidology, 2017 - Present
  • Coalition Member; Chair, Coalition’s CAT Subcommittee, Franklin County Suicide Prevention Coalition and Chair of the Communications Action Team, 2016 - Present
  • Listserv Manager, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2012 - 2015
  • Member, Ohio Psychological Association, 2008 - Present
  • Member, Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 2007 - Present
  • Member, American Psychological Association, 2007 - Present

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: 11/30/2018

Fellowship University of Maryland School of Medicine Date Completed: 08/01/2008
Doctorate University of Delaware Date Completed: 12/31/2006
Professional Experience

2015 - Present Nationwide Children's Hospital, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Center for Suicide Prevention and Research, Big Lots Behavioral Health Services

2009 - Present The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

2008 - Present Nationwide Children's Hospital, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychologist

2012 - 2015 Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Division of Behavioral Health, Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Director

2012 - 2012 Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Division of Behavioral Health, Interim Clinical Coordinator, Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Program

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Psychiatry and Behavioral Health