Katalin Szanto, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Semmelweis Medical School
Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Psychiatry, National Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry. Budapest
Suicide, University of Pittsburgh Center for the Study of Suicidal Behavior
Behavioral Economics, Statistical Methods for Neuroscience and Psychology, Risk Perception and Communication, Carnegie Mellon University
Epidemiology and Statistics, University of Pittsburgh Clinical Research Training Program
Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC
Family Therapy, London Family Therapy Institute

Specialty Certifications

Board Certification
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry)

Professional Affiliations

Secretary, International Academy of Suicide Research
Member, American Association of Psychiatrists
Council Level Reviewer, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Selected Honors & Awards

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Award, International Association for Suicide Prevention
Lilly Research Award, American Psychiatric Association

Research Interests

Cognition & decision-making; suicide; Suicide in late life
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Szanto K, Galfalvy H, Kenneally L, Almasi R Dombrovski AY. (2020). Predictors of serious suicidal behavior in late-life depression. European Neuropsychopharmacology
  2. Szanto K, Galfalvy H, Vanyukov PM, Keilp JG & Dombrovski AY. (2018). Pathways to late-life suicidal behavior: Cluster analysis and predictive validation of suicidal behavior in a sample of older adults with major depression. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 79(2), 17m11611.
  3. Szanto K, de Bruin WB, Parker AM, Hallquist MN, Vanyukov PM & Dombrovski AY. (2015) Decision-making competence and attempted suicide. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Dec ,76(12): 1-478. PMCID: PMC4697276.
  4. Szanto K, Clark L, Hallquist M, Vanyukov PM, Crockett M, Dombrovski AY. (2014). The cost of social punishment and high-lethality suicide attempts in the second half of life. Psychology and Aging. Mar; 21(1): 84-94. PMCID: PMC4051315
  5. Dombrovski AY, Clark L, Siegle GJ, Butters MA, Ichikawa N, Sahakian B, Szanto K. (2010). Reward/punishment reversal learning in older suicide attempters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167:699-707, PMCID: PMC3020386

Clinical Interests

Suicide in late life
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Zhang K, Szanto K, Clark L, Dombrovski AY. (2019). Behavioral empathy failures and suicidal behavior. Behaviour Research and Therapy. 120, 103329.
  2. Szanto K, Mulsant BH, Houck PR, Dew MA, Dombrovski A, Pollock BG & Reynolds CF III. (2007). Emergence, persistence, and resolution of suicidal ideation during treatment of depression in old age. Journal of Affective Disorders, 98(1-2):153-161,
  3. Szanto K, Kalmar S, Hendin H, Rihmer, Z, Mann JJ. (2007). A suicide prevention program in a very high suicide rate region. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64(6): 914-920. PMID: 17679636
  4. Szanto K, Shear K, Houck PR, Reynolds CF, Frank E, Caroff K & Silowash R. (2006). Indirect self- destructive behavior and overt suicidality in patients with complicated grief. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67(2):233-239.
  5. Szanto K, Mulsant BH, Houck P, Dew MA, Reynolds CF III. (2003). Occurrence and course of suicidality during acute treatment of late-life depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60:610-617. PMID: 12796224

Education Interests

Research mentorship
Selected Education Publications & Products
  1. Szucs A, Szanto K, Aubry J M & Dombrovski AY. (2018). Personality and suicidal behavior in old age: A systematic literature review. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, 128.
  2. Szanto K. (2017). Cognitive deficits: underappreciated contributors to suicide. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(6): 630-632.
  3. Szanto K, Lenze E, Waern M, Duberstein P, Bruce ML, Epstein-Lubow G & Conwell Y. (2013). Research to reduce the suicide rate among older adults: Methodology roadblocks and promising paradigms. Psychatric Services, PMC3742079
  4. Hendin H, Maltsberger T & Szanto K. (2008). The psychosocial context of the trauma in treating PTSD patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(1):28-32, PMID: 18178753
  5. Hendin H, Maltsberger JT, Haas Pollinger A, Rabinowitcz H & Szanto K. (2006). Problems in psychotherapy of suicidal patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 163(1):67-72. PMID: 16390891