The LAS normative sample consisted of 1,229 high school and college undergraduate students from the Midwestern United States. The LAS:S normative sample consisted of 2,071 students of the same age group. For more information on the LAS click here
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Peter M. Lewinsohn, Ph.D.
Dr. Lewinsohn received his B.S. from Allegheny College in 1951, received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1955, and earned a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology in 1961. Dr. Lewinsohn received the Nathan Zubin Award from the Society for Research in Psychopathology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology, the Psychologist-Scientist Award in 2001 from the Lane County Psychologists Association, and was honored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Journal of the Academy. In 2002, he was honored with the Gold Medal Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Application of Psychology by the American Psychological Foundation.
Dr. Lewinsohn's publications include a book on depression and several treatment manuals. He and Paul Rohde have been active contributors to suicide literature, and their studies are cited frequently. Jennifer Langhinrichsen-Rohling, Ph.D.
Dr. Langhinrichsen-Rohling is a Full Professor of Psychology at the University of South Alabama. She began investigating gender differences in adolescent suicidal behavior as a graduate student at the University of Oregon, where she collaborated with Dr. Lewinsohn on the development of the Life Attitudes Schedule (LAS). She is the author of over 50 book chapters and scientific articles and has received grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. The main focus of her work is gender differences in the risk factors for, expression of, and types of interventions that are successful with adolescent risky behaviors. Dr. Langhinrishsen-Rohling has presented on this topic to the World Health Organization and has been honored for her research by Sigma Xi and the Mobile Area Psychologists. She is on the editorial board of several journals. Paul Rohde, Ph.D.
Dr. Rohde is a Senior Research Scientist at the Oregon Research Institute in Eugene, Oregon, where he has worked since 1988. His research and clinical work focus on the epidemiology and treatment of adolescent depression. As part of that research, he has collaborated with the co-authors on research examining adolescent suicide risk. He is the principal investigator of five grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and has been a co-investigator on nine additional federal grants. He has published 74 peer-reviewed papers, chapters and books, and has made numerous presentations. Richard A. Langford, Ph.D.
Dr. Langford is currently a Professor of Psychology at Chaminade University, Honolulu, teaching graduate courses in school, marriage and family, and community counseling. Prior to moving to Hawaii, he was a professor of psychology at California State University at Humboldt, where he directed the school psychology and school counseling masters programs, the psychology department training clinic, and taught undergraduate and graduate courses. Dr. Langford has published work in the areas of information processing, youth suicide, culture and suicide, and violence prevention in schools, and produced a series of DVDs on anti-bullying, conflict resolution, gang prevention, hate/tolerance, substance abuse, and depression and suicide for use in secondary schools. He has been principal and co-investigator on grants involving youth suicide, depression, safe schools and violence prevention. He has presented his work at regional, national, and international conferences, and conducted workshops and in-service training for schools, mental health agencies, and hospitals in the United States and New Zealand. His current research is in the area of behavioral literacy, life attitudes, and positive youth development and school success. Back to the top