Corbin J. Standley

Community Psychology Ph.D. Student Suicide Researcher Suicide Prevention Advocate

About me


I'mCorbin J. Standley

Ph.D. Student, Ecological-Community Psychology, Michigan State University
Chairman, Board of Directors, AFSP Michigan Chapter
Suicide Prevention Advocate

Corbin J. Standley is a Ph.D. student and University Distinguished Fellow in the Ecological-Community Psychology program at Michigan State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Weber State University (2015) and a Master of Arts degree in Ecological-Community Psychology from Michigan State University (2019).

Corbin’s research interests lie at the intersection of community psychology, public health, and policy. Broadly, he is interested in equitable community and systems change through the use of data, evaluation, and intervention. Moreover, he is interested in the application of community psychology in studying suicide and its prevention, particularly in terms of policy change and community-level approaches to prevention. Corbin has used this research to inform his policy work at the state and federal levels in providing testimony, helping to draft legislation, and working with legislators to prevent suicide. These efforts earned him the Sandy Martin Grassroots Field Advocate of the Year Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in 2019.

Corbin has presented research and served as a keynote speaker, featured speaker, panelist, and moderator both nationally and internationally. These events have covered topics such as academic success and resume building, community mental health, equity, public policy, suicide prevention, and coping with grief. Corbin has both professional and personal interests in suicide prevention. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Utah Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, was a member of the NUHOPE Suicide Prevention Task Force and was also a board member for the Legacy Survivors Group in Utah. He continues to be involved in prevention efforts in both Utah and Michigan. He is a member of the Tri-County LifeSavers Suicide Prevention Coalition and Community Mental Health’s Behavioral Health Council. Corbin also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.



Community Psychology | Suicidology

Corbin's research interests lie at the intersection of social, clinical, and community psychology. Broadly, he is interested in equitable community and systems change. Moreover, he is interested in the application of community psychology in studying suicide and its prevention, particularly in terms of community- and systems-level approaches to prevention.


#BeTheVoice | #StopSuicide

Corbin has dedicated much of his time to suicide prevention efforts across Utah and Michigan, as well as at the national level. He is actively engaged in education and training efforts to teach the warning signs for suicide as well as ways to safely and effectively intervene. He is also experienced in suicide loss peer support as a support group facilitator.


Policy Change | Community Change

Corbin is a passionate and dedicated advocate for suicide prevention and mental health legislation. He is politically active and has advocated for policy change at the local, state, and national levels by attending rallies and engaging with legislators. He is also experienced in policy research and analysis, as well as legislative testimony.

Writing & Reports

Technical Reports | Editing

Corbin has a range of experience in professional and technical writing. He has written technical reports related to suicide incidence and risk factors, training manuals, and policy analysis and recommendations. Corbin also has grant writing experience and has written numerous editorials and web blogs. He is also experienced in editing for both print and web.











LifeSavers Coalition Data Initiative

Research Consultant
LifeSavers Coalition

The goal of this project is to dive deeper into the MiPHY data and other data sources in order to better understand the salience of youth suicide in Clinton, Eaton, and Ingham counties and determine the relevant risk factors, indicators, and protective factors. The LifeSavers Coalition is a group of concerned citizens and professionals from diverse backgrounds dedicated to developing innovating and effective strategies for youth suicide prevention in the tri-county area. Corbin's role in this academic-community partnership is to work with the coalition and its representatives, analyze relevant data, and report on the resultant findings. The report below is the first in a series of reports regarding the incidence, risk factors, and protective factors for youth suicide in mid-Michigan.

BC Pulse Survey

Graduate Research Assistant, Data Coordinator
Michigan State University

The Pulse Survey is a collaborative data-collection effort designed to help stakeholders understand the conditions affecting the families of vulnerable children ages 0-5 in Battle Creek, Micahan. The intent is to explore and improve the delivery of health, education, and financial services and supports to those families. The survey was developed by the System exChange Team at MSU, BC Pulse, and an advisory committee representing organizations providing health, education, and financial services and supports in the Battle Creek community. The project is was intentionally designed to understand where and how disparities emerge in order to combat inequities within the community.

State Innovation Model

Graduate Research Assistant
Michigan State University

Funded by a $70 million grant awarded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the state of Michigan is testing and implementing an innovative model for delivering and paying for health care throughout the state. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) leads the initiative and has organized its work under three main umbrellas: Population Health, Care Delivery, and Technology. The MSU research team is investigating effective strategies and interventions for accomplishing these goals. Corbin's role in this project is as a member of the Community Health Innovation Regions (CHIRs) evaluation team working on survey design, data visualization, qualitative study design, literature review, and stakeholder engagement.

Re-engineering Equity

Graduate Research Assistant
Michigan State University

The goal of this project is to investigate and describe the process of approaching equity from a systems science perspective. A portion of this project is in partnership with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to develop and pilot an Equity Impact Assessment tool to examine the ways in which under-served populations may be impacted by proposed interventions and decisions. In so doing, the aim to redress concerns surrounding the inclusion of diverse and authentic voices at the table and increase the effectiveness of community interventions.


"First in the World" Grant Proposal

Student Community Research Coordinator, 2015
Weber State University CCEL

Researched and wrote the literature review, significance, and competitive preference priority sections and helped design the conceptual framework for a grant proposal from the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of the grant was to analyze how embedding learning assessment tools into high-impact practices can help foster student growth, thus improving persistence and graduation rates among high-need students.

Catholic Community Services "Bridging the Gap" Evaluation

Student Community Research Coordinator, 2015
Weber State University CCEL

Designed, administered, and collected data for a survey to evaluate both the effectiveness and perceptions of the "Bridging the Gap" mobile pantry program. Analyzed and reported findings for the study. The program was designed to deliver healthy foods to elementary school children in Title I schools in Ogden, Utah.

Community Partner Survey Analysis

Student Community Research Coordinator, 2014
Weber State University CCEL

Organized and analyzed survey data and developed a comprehensive findings report for the Community Partner Survey for the Center for Community Engaged Learning. This 80-item survey assessed the effectiveness and perceptions of CCEL's tiered community partnership program, as well as overall impressions of the CCEL.

Minority College Student Retention Initiative

Student Research Assistant, 2014
Weber State University CCEL

Conducted a literature search and wrote a comprehensive literature review on the contributing and protective factors for minority college student attrition. The report also included recommendations for interventions aimed at increasing underrepresented student retention and graduation rates at Weber State University.

Ogden United Promise Neighborhood Initiative

Research Assistant/Student Research Coordinator, 2013-2015
Weber State University | United Way of Northern Utah

Collected, entered, analyzed, and managed data related to the OUPN initiative. Conducted literature reviews and program evaluations for projects related to the initiative. Conducted door-to-door surveys for the Community Needs Assessment. Managed the projects website and social media platforms. Designed research reports and findings for stakeholders and community members.

Press & Media

More than 50 research studies worldwide have found that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. The magnitude of the increase is related to the amount, duration, and prominence of coverage. Risk of additional suicides increases when the story explicitly describes the suicide method, uses dramatic/ graphic headlines or images, and repeated/extensive coverage sensationalizes or glamorizes a death. Covering suicide carefully, even briefly, can change public misperceptions and correct myths, which can encourage those who are vulnerable or at risk to seek help. For more information about reporting on suicide, visit or


"Push for Prevention Commission Continues"

Interview with Mikenzie Frost

On-site interview about SB228 establishing a state suicide prevention commission.
WWMT | June 20, 2019; Lansing, MI

"WSU Grant to Support Suicide Prevention"

Interview with Mike Anderson

On-site interview about suicide prevention grant.
KSL 5 | December 20, 2018; Centerville, UT

"Thousands Walk for Suicide Prevention"

Interview with HOMTV

On-site interview about AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk.
HOMTV | October 1, 2018; Lansing, MI

"Suicide Prevention in Michigan"

Interview with Michael Shiels

Live radio interview about suicide prevention efforts in Michigan.
Big Show | September 18, 2018; Lansing, MI

"A Conversation That Could Save a Life"

Interview with Deja Green

In-studio interview about National Suicide Prevention Week.
HOMTV | September 11, 2018; Lansing, MI

"Death by Suicide: One Man's Story"

Interview with Cryss Walker

On-site interview about suicide loss and prevention.
WILX News 10 | May 11, 2018; Lansing, MI

"Shedding Light on Suicide Prevention and Awareness"

Panel with Mike Scott

Live in-studio panel about suicide prevention in mid-Michigan.
HOMTV Open Line | May 3, 2018; Okemos, MI

"LGBTQ Suicide and Prevention Focus of Local Conference"

Interview with Glen Mills

On-site interview about LGBTQ+ suicide prevention conference in Utah.
ABC 4 News | April 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT

"WSU Hosts Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk"

Interview with Glen Mills

Live in-studio interview about suicide prevention in Utah.
ABC 4 News | April 14, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT

"Students Research: What's Really on Your Mind?"

Article by Rachel Badali

Article about research on social media usage and personality types.
Wildcat Magazine | Spring, 2016; Ogden, UT

"Hope and Healing at Out of the Darkness Campus Walk"

Story by Sarah Welliver

Photos and interview about WSU suicide prevention walk.
The Standard-Examiner | March 19, 2016; Ogden, UT

"Narcisissts don't like to be Unfriended"

Article by Becky Wright

Article about research on social media usage and personality types.
The Standard-Examiner | October 30, 2015; Ogden, UT

"Wildcats Present Research on Capitol Hill"

Article by Raychel Johnson

Article and interview about Day at the Capitol research conference.
The Signpost | March 3, 2014; Salt Lake C, UT

Public Speaking

Speaking Experience

Corbin J. Standley has a broad range of experience in public speaking. He has served as a keynote speaker, featured speaker, panelist, and moderator throughout Utah and Michigan. These events have covered topics such as academic success and resume building, community mental health, student mental health, suicide prevention, and coping with grief. Having been trained in multiple suicide prevention curricula and programs, Corbin uses his personal experiences and education to provide creative insights and inspiring stories surrounding mental health and the prevention of suicide.

Training Certifications

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer.)
Talk Saves Lives (Can Teach)
Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid


I'm Struggling (or Someone I Know is Struggling)

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. This resource is not only for those struggling personally, but also for those needing advice about how to talk to someone else who may be struggling.

In talking with someone who may be struggling, take the person seriously, stay with them, and help them remove lethal means. If need be, escort them to mental health services or an emergency room.

I've Lost Someone

If you've lost a loved one to suicide, you are not alone. Here are some resources to help you heal:

Other Resources

  • The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is a national non-profit organization that aims to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. We accomplish this through education, research, advocacy, and support.
  • The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

Corbin J. Standley, M.A.
Lansing, Michigan