Cynthia Ewell Foster, Ph.D.

Clinical Associate Professor


Dr. Cynthia Ewell Foster is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan. She holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child and Family Subspecialty).

Dr. Ewell Foster’s research program is focused on youth depression and suicide prevention, with particular interests in family, community and systems-based interventions. She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and has been the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on multiple federally or foundation funded grants. Dr. Ewell Foster is currently the Co-Investigator and Lead Evaluator for the State of Michigan’s SAMHSA- funded youth suicide prevention initiative and the lead evaluator for Michigan’s CDC-funded Preventing Suicide in Michigan Men (PRISMM) grant initiative.

Dr. Ewell Foster is also a clinician and clinical educator; she specializes in suicide risk assessment and care management, treatments for internalizing disorders, and the development of family and community supports for young people. Dr. Ewell Foster is the co-author of a recently published book: King, CA., Ewell Foster, C.J.and Rogalski, K. (2013) Teen Suicide Risk : A Practitioner Guide to Screening, Assessment, and Management. Guilford Press

Areas of Interest

  • Suicide risk assessment and care management
  • Development of family and community supports for youth to reduce risk for suicide
  • Interventions to promote firearms safety
  • Evaluation of community-based public health approaches to suicide prevention


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • Clinical Internship: Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Psychology, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Subspecialty; Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
  • B.A. (Psychology; Conferred with High Honors, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.

Published Articles or Reviews