Curriculum Vitae: Diego De Leo

Prof. Diego De Leo, MD, PhD, DSc, AO

Diego De Leo is a professor of psychiatry at the University in Queensland and Griffith University. He is also the head of the postgraduate study of suicidology and manager of the Life Promotion clinic at Griffith University and the head of Slovene Centre for Suicide Research (University of Primorska, Andrej Marušič Institute).


From 1997 to 2015 he was the Director of Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention at Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia).

Professor De Leo is among the most distinguished psychiatrists in the world, specializing on the phenomena of suicide.

He graduated at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Padua, where he specialized in psychiatry. After finishing his study for the Doctorate of social and behaviour studies at the University in Leiden, he received his PhD at Griffith University.

He started the study WHO/START (World Health Organisation/Suicide Trends in At-Risk Territories), which was announced on 18th of August 2005 in Manila and formally opened on 3rd March 2006 in Brisbane. Currently 22 countries are participating.

He is/was also the leader of the following research projects and programs in Slovenia:

  • An introduction to new intervention strategies for reducing suicidal behaviour in Slovenia (fundamental project – smaller);
  • The last contact with a health worker before attempting suicide (fundamental project – smaller);
  • Alive? Alive! Research and prevention of suicide (programme).

He is a mentor to young researchers:

  • Urša Mars (code: 34312; UP Andrej Marušič Institute, Bologna doctoral programme; time frame: 1. 12. 2012 – 31. 5. 2016)
  • Nuša Zadravec Šedivy (code: 36480; UP Andrej Marušič Institute, Bologna doctoral programme; time frame: 1. 10. 2013 – 31. 3. 2017)
  • Tina Podlogar (code: 34313; UP Andrej Marušič Institute, Bologna doctoral programme; time frame: 1. 11. 2014 – 30. 4. 2018)

Professor De Leo is a reviewer to a number of international journals, Editor in Chief of the Crisis – The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention and Associate Editor of the BMC Public Health.

For his research, he received a number of distinguished international rewards and recognitions, among others the reward from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (1991). In 2013, Queen Elizabeth II granted him the title of nobility for credit in scientific research in the field of psychiatry and for setting up guidelines in the field of suicide prevention on national and international level.

In 2013 he received the Gold Plaque of University of Primorska for his extraordinary contribution to the development of scientific and pedagogical work.

Links – research work