Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. From 1985 to 2000, she was the coordinator of the New Jersey Adolescent Suicide Prevention Project. In this role, she initiated collaborative relationships between mental health and educational systems, providing in-service training, consultation on policy development, and assistance in the implementation of procedures for school-based crisis management. She has also provided clinical training in suicide assessment for emergency room mental health screeners. Maureen is the co-author of Managing Sudden Traumatic Loss in the Schools, the author of the National Association for Social Work's policy statement on adolescent suicide, and the co-author of the Lifelines School-Based Youth Suicide Response Program. Currently she is the clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide.