Dr. Kurt Michael is the Stanley R. Aeschleman Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Appalachian State University.
He was trained at the University of Colorado – Boulder, Utah State University and Duke University Medical Center.
Dr. Michael’s areas of research are school mental health, adolescent suicidology, and rural healthcare.
Dr. Michael’s empirical work has appeared in scientific journals such as: Clinical Psychology Review, the Journal of Rural Mental Health, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and The Lancet. Dr. Michael currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Rural Mental Health and is the Editor of The Handbook of Rural School Mental Health (Springer).
Dr. Michael is a practicing Licensed Psychologist and developed school mental health partnerships titled the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers in rural western North Carolina. ASC Centers were designed to serve children and families in North Carolina and provide sustainable workforce development. The ASC Centers have been awarded over 2.5 million dollars in federal grants and contracts to support their operations over the past 10 years.
Dr. Michael consults with agencies regarding the development of suicide prevention protocols for K-12 schools. In 2016, he wrote a grant to increase local capacity to manage suicidality using scientifically supported interventions, including the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) in schools. Dr. Michael is a national CAMS consultant and along with colleague JP Jameson, received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to train rural school districts on how to implement the Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM) Program.