Professor, Psychologist & Co-Director, Suicide and Violence Prevention Office, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Scott Poland is a Professor and the Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at NSU Florida. The presenter is an internationally recognized expert on school crisis and youth suicide and has authored six books and numerous chapters on the subject. He previously directed psychological services for a large Texas school system for 24 years and is a past President of the National Association of School Psychologists and a past Prevention Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology. He has authored the Suicide Safer School Plan for the Texas, the Suicide Safer School Toolkit for Texas and the Crisis Action School Toolkit on Suicide for Montana He also in 2021 authored the Florida STEPS School Toolkit for Educators to Prevent Suicide that is available at

He is very dedicated to prevention and has testified about the mental health needs of children before the U.S. Congress on four occasions. He has also been involved as an expert witness in numerous legal cases where schools were sued following a suicide. He received the Houston Wage Peace Award and the Helping Parkland Heal Award.