Tom Ellis

Defining emerging best practices


His distinguished contributions in the field of suicidology have set Thomas Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, apart as a national leader in the treatment of suicidal individuals.

His 30-year career has focused primarily on suicide, including cognitive characteristics of suicidal individuals and effectiveness of psychotherapeutic interventions.

Clinician, researcher and author, Dr. Ellis’s books include Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy, winner of the Self-Help Book Seal of Merit Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies; and Cognition and Suicide: Theory Research, and Therapy, published by the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Ellis is principal investigator for a study of the efficacy of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicide (CAMS) system in the treatment of suicidal psychiatric inpatients with current or recent suicidal ideation and behavior. He moderates Suicidology, the listserv on behalf of the American Association of Suicidology, which brings together clinicians, researchers, and allies to the field from across the globe.

Dr. Ellis is Director of Psychology at the Menninger Clinic and Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. There he serves as Director of Menninger’s suicide research project.

Dr. Ellis’s publications and presentations have included such topics as cognitive characteristics of suicidal individuals, varieties of suicidality, evidence-based approaches to working with suicidal patients, and managing the aftermath of a patient’s suicide.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Dr. Ellis is also a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Associate Fellow of the Albert Ellis Institute.