Katalin Szanto, MD

Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Semmelweis Medical School Medicine
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCPsychiatry
National Institute of Neurology and Psychiatry. BudapestPsychiatry
University of Pittsburgh Center for the Study of Suicidal BehaviorSuicide
Carnegie Mellon UniversityBehavioral Economics, Statistical Methods for Neuroscience and Psychology, Risk Perception and Communication
University of Pittsburgh Clinical Research Training ProgramEpidemiology and Statistics
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCInterpersonal Psychotherapy
London Family Therapy InstituteFamily Therapy

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

Decision processes; Cognition; Suicide
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Szanto K, Mulsant BH, Houck P, Dew MA, Reynolds CF III. Occurrence and course of suicidality during acute treatment of late-life depression. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2003, 60:610-617. PMID: 12796224
  2. Szanto K, Kalmar S, Hendin H, Rihmer, Z, Mann JJ. A Suicide Prevention Program in a Very High Suicide Rate Region. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2007, 64(6): 914-920. PMID: 17679636
  3. Szanto, K., de Bruin, W. B., Parker, A. M., Hallquist, M. N., Vanyukov, P. M., & Dombrovski, A. Y.. Decision-making competence and attempted suicide. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2015 Dec ,76(12): 1-478. PMCID: PMC4697276.
  4. Szanto K, Clark L, Hallquist M, Vanyukov PM, Crockett M, Dombrovski AY. The cost of social punishment and high-lethality suicide attempts in the second half of life. Psychology and Aging. 2014 Mar; 21(1): 84-94. PMCID: PMC4051315
  5. Dombrovski AY, Clark L, Siegle GJ, Butters MA, Ichikawa N, Sahakian B, Szanto K. Reward/punishment reversal learning in older suicide attempters. American Journal of Psychiatry, 167:699-707, 2010. PMCID: PMC3020386

Clinical Interests

Behavioral economics; Geriatrics; Personality
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Szanto K, Shear K, Houck PR, Reynolds CF, Frank E, Caroff K, Silowash R: Indirect self- destructive behavior and overt suicidality in patients with complicated grief. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 67(2):233-239, 2006.
  2. Szanto K, Lenze E, Waern M, Duberstein P, Bruce ML, Epstein-Lubow G, and Conwell Y: Research to Reduce the Suicide Rate Among Older Adults: Methodology Roadblocks and Promising Paradigms. Psychatric Services, 2013. PMC3742079
  3. Hendin H, Maltsberger JT, Haas Pollinger A, Rabinowitcz H, Szanto K. Problems in psychotherapy of suicidal patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2006, 163(1):67-72. PMID: 16390891
  4. Hendin H, Maltsberger T, Szanto K: The psychosocial context of the trauma in treating PTSD patients. American Journal of Psychiatry, 165(1):28-32, 2008. PMID: 18178753
  5. Szanto K, Mulsant BH, Houck PR, Dew MA, Dombrovski A, Pollock BG, and Reynolds CF III: Emergence, persistence, and resolution of suicidal ideation during treatment of depression in old age. Journal of Affective Disorders, 98(1-2):153-161, 2007.

Education Interests

Suicide and mood disorders; Mentoring prospective graduate students; Supervising mental health professionals