John L. McIntosh, Ph.D.,Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Indiana University South Bend was the 2018 recipient of the Louis I. Dublin Award from the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) at its 51stannual professional conference in Washington, DC on April 21. The Dublin Award is a lifetime achievement award recognizing outstanding service and contributions to the field of suicide prevention as evidenced by leadership, devotion, and creativity. Previously, AAS had recognized McIntosh with the 1990 Edwin S. Shneidman Award, awarded to a person below the age of 40 for scholarly contributions in research to the field of suicidology, and the 1999 Roger Tierney Award for Service. In addition, McIntosh was the 2011 recipient of the Charles T. Rubey LOSS Award that recognizes extraordinary impact on the lives of survivors of suicide loss. The Rubey Award is given by the Loving Outreach to Survivors of Suicide Program of the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago.
McIntosh has published 8 books on suicide as well as numerous book chapters and professional journal articles. He has made over 150 professional presentations and many keynote addresses at professional conferences. He also serves on the editorial boards of Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior and Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention. He is also a registered trainer for LivingWorks’ ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) training program. He is a Past-President of AAS as well as a past member and Secretary of the Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Alliance of Hope for Suicide Loss Survivors
Prior to retiring from Indiana University South Bend in March 2017, he served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for 7 years and 1 year as Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, preceded by 4 years as Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and Chair of the Department of Psychology for 5 years. He joined the IU South Bend faculty in 1979.During his long IUSB career, McIntosh was the 1994 recipient of the IUSB Distinguished Teaching Award and the 1995 recipient of the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, as well as an IUSB Teaching Excellence Recognition Award in 1998. In 2000, McIntosh was the IUSB Eldon F. Lundquist Faculty Fellow and in the same year the recipient of the IUSB Distinguished Research Award.
McIntosh's work has been reported in newspapers (119 in 33 states) and magazines across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, and Newsweek. He also appeared on the Donahue (1986) and Oprah (1989) television programs to discuss elderly suicide.
Founded in 1968, the mission of the American Association of Suicidology is to promote the understanding and prevention of suicide and support those who have been affected by it. McIntosh has been a member of AAS since 1979.
McIntosh received a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University in psychology (1974) as well as a master’s degree (1978) and doctoral degree (1980) in psychology from the University of Notre Dame. He was a graduate of Boone County High School in Florence, Kentucky (1970).