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In Memoriam

John Kalafat, Active Faculty, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, died on October 26, 2007. Associate Professor Kalafat was a member of the Applied Faculty.

GSAPP is planning a memorial in January.

John made substantial scholarly contributions to the field of crisis intervention and psychology. His career spanned the pioneering work he did in telephone counseling centers and was the co-founder and director of the Telephone Counseling and Referral Service in Tallahassee, Fla., from 1970 to 1977. He made major contributions to the field of community psychology, and most notably to the discipline of adolescent suicide prevention. He was co-developer of "Lifelines School-Based Youth Suicide response Program."

At his passing, he was a professor in the Department of Applied Psychology, Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He taught Systematic Observation and Interview, Adult Learning and Training, Advanced School Supervision and Crisis Intervention, conducted extensive research, and chaired doctoral dissertations.

He was a New Jersey State licensed psychologist, a fellow with the American Psychological Association (Divisions 27 and 29) and a member of Divisions 12 and 16, and past president (2002-2003) of the American Association of Suicidology.

he was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Certification and Training Subcommittee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network and the SAMHSA Garrett Lee Smith Evaluation Steering Committee.

Additionally, John served on the editorial board of Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, Journal of Applied School Psychology, Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy and Advancing Suicide Prevention. he was an ad hoc reviewer for Behavior Research and Therapy.

Special Requests

The family requests no flowers. Tributes can be made to Habitat for Humanity ( or to SERV Behavioral Health System Inc., 130 Dermody St., Cranford, NJ 07016 (908) 276-0490, in his memory, and would be appreciated. Donations in John's memory can also be made to the Academic Excellence Fund at GSAPP, which provides loans to students, support for conference presentations, colloquia, student-alumni events and other important GSAPP functions.

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