Julie Cerel
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Ohio State University, 2001
(859) 257-8602
  • Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Survivors
  • Child Bereavement
  • Child Psychopathology

Julie Cerel, Ph.D. is a child clinical psychologist and an assistant professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Cerel completed a three year postdoctoral fellowship (NIMH: T32) in Suicide Prevention at the University of Rochester prior to joining the faculty at UK in 2005. She completed her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from The Ohio State University in 2001 and an internship and clinical fellowship in child clinical psychology at West Virginia University. Her undergraduate degree is from Kenyon College.

Dr. Cerel’s published work has focused on childhood bereavement, suicide prevention and suicide survivors. She has been recognized as a national expert on suicide survivors and was an invited participant in a 2002 workshop to set a research agenda for suicide survivor research co-sponsored by NIMH and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Her work has been funded by SAMHSA, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), University of Kentucky Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, and Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN-USA). Dr. Cerel was instrumental in the submission of a 1.2 million dollar, three-year grant the Commonwealth of Kentucky received in 2006 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for youth suicide prevention and serves as the grant's evaluation director.

In addition to working within social work, Dr. Cerel maintains connections to psychology. Dr. Cerel has been asked to serve as the Division 53 (Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) Program Chair, for the American Psychological Association (APA) 2008 Convention. She has been honored with the APA Division 43 (Family Psychology) Annual Student Research Award (2000), and the APA Division 53 (Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology) Junior Faculty mentoring award (2006).

Dr. Cerel is currently the Chair of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group and serves as a committee co-chair for the Kentucky State Child Fatality Review Team. She maintains an active collaboration with the Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center ( Baton Rouge, LA) to determine best practices for interventions for suicide survivors.