Adam Lesser is a licensed clinical social worker, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatric Social Work in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Deputy Director of the Columbia Lighthouse Project at the New York State Psychiatric Institute where he is responsible for all suicide prevention activities related to public health including the international dissemination and training for the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS). This work is part of a national and international public health initiative across health care, surveillance, and research. Of note, numerous states, countries, and branches of the military have moved towards system-wide implementation of these methods. He has published, presented internationally and consulted to state and local governments on best practices for suicide risk identification and prevention. His work has been featured in Social Work Today Magazine and on Atlanta National Public Radio, CNN-espanol, Univision and other local print and television media outlets.