Kenneth Kendler, M.D.

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Dr. Ken Kendler is the director, eminent scholar and professor of Psychiatry at the Virginia Institute of Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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  • Psychiatry has long been interested in the familial transmission of suicidal behavior. Despite a substantial number of family and twin studies of both suicide attempt and death by suicide that have confirmed important familial and genetic contributions, we are aware of only two previous adoption studies specifically focused on death by suicide and only one focusing on suicide attempt.