Chris Caulkins – MPH, MA, EdD, NRP
Chris is executive director of the Strub Caulkins Center for Suicide Research, program director /faculty for an emergency medical services (EMS) program, and paramedic for a municipal EMS agency. Chris has been the EMS coordinator for a municipal public safety department, an operations manager for the largest private ambulance service in Minnesota, and retired from the fire service after nearly 15 years as a firefighter. Chris serves on the Minnesota Suicide Prevention State Plan Goal 3 Subcommittee, the Minnesota Ambulance Association Wellness and Suicide Prevention Committee, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Subcommittee on Emergency Responders (a federal-private partnership), the National Alliance on EMS Resiliency, and as a peer support facilitator for those who are bereaved by suicide. Chris is certified as an emergency manager by the Minnesota Department of Homeland Security and as a psychological autopsy investigator and college and university suicide prevention specialist by the American Association of Suicidology. Chris became a suicidologist after the suicide death of his wife in 2003. Chris’ resolve strengthened after the suicide death of his brother and multiple EMS colleagues. He has experienced, first-hand, the sting of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and suicidal ideation. Chris has published and presented on suicide and related phenomena on a state, national, and international level.