Psychology Professor Silvia Sara Canetto, who studies cultural and gender scripts of suicide, receives prestigious national award

Silvia Canetto
Silvia Sara Canetto, CSU professor, psychology

Silvia Sara Canetto, professor in the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University, is the recipient of this year’s Louis I. Dublin Award, a national award bestowed by the American Association of Suicidology.

The association is the nation’s largest professional and academic group in suicide prevention and research. The Dublin award recognizes “lifetime achievement and outstanding contributions to the field of suicide prevention.”

Canetto studies cultural scripts of femininity and masculinity, including beliefs, norms and attitudes. She is internationally recognized for bringing transformational, cultural- and gender-scripts frameworks to suicide theory and research. Her 1998 article “The gender paradox in suicide” is a citation classic (currently third most-cited) in Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, the leading suicide-research journal. A theme of her current research examines cultural narratives that may explain why, in the United States, older white men have higher suicide rates than any other demographic group. She also studies cultural narratives of gender and science and engineering, as well as the discourse of gender, culture, and human rights.

Canetto holds graduate degrees from the University of Padova, Italy; the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; and Northwestern University, Chicago. She has received many national and international awards and honors for her distinguished contributions to scholarship and education, including the American Association of Suicidology’s 1997 Shneidman Research Award; CSU’s 2009 Cermak Excellence in Advising Award; the American Psychological Association 2018 Denmark-Reuder; the Society for the Psychology of Women 2019 Heritage Award; and the International Council of Psychologists 2019 Denmark-Gunvald Award.

She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Gerontological Society of America, the Society for the Psychology of Women, the Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinities, and the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Canetto will receive the Louis I. Dublin award during the American Association of Suicidology meeting in Portland, Oregon, April 22-25.

The Department of Psychology is in the CSU College of Natural Sciences.