Bill Geis, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director - Behavioral Health Research, Vice-President for Programming - Kansas City Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program (KCSAPP)
Department(s) of Psychiatry
Center for Behavorial Medicine
Education and Background

Ph.D. - Kansas University
Internship - Psychology - Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship - Psychology - Menninger Foundation

Meet Bill Geis

Bill D. Geis, Ph.D., is the director of Behavioral Health Research at the UMKC School of Medicine and practices at the Center for Behavioral Medicine (CBM) and his clinic, The West Plaza Clinic, in Kansas City. Geis is also a founding member and vice president of training for the Kansas City Suicide Awareness and Prevention Program (KCSAPP). With nearly 30 years of experience in research, teaching and practicing clinical psychology, Geis continues to be a supervising faculty member at CBM, an adjunct professor of psychology at the University of Kansas and adjunct professor of occupational therapy at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

He received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, history and classics from KU. He went on to receive a master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University. Geis completed a one-year internship at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a two-year, post-doctoral fellowship in clinical psychology at the Menninger Foundation in Topeka, Kan.

Research Summary

Dr. Geis has generated and participated in more than $10 million dollars in research and demonstration project funding involving substance abuse, psychiatric disability, cancer support, homelessness interventions, domestic violence, and in recent years, suicide prevention and suicide assessment utilizing thought patterns to enhance risk assessment. He has received funding and support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Centers for Disease Control, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. His current funding in suicide research enjoys support from SAMHSA (involving a state-wide suicide prevention plan) and the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (enhanced suicide risk triage).

Selected Publications

Geis, B.D., & Edlavitch, S. (2011). Kansas City Public Mental Health Suicide Intervention (PMHSI): From Triage and Intervention to Sustainable System Transformation-2006-2010. The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City.

Geis, B.D., Edlavitch, S., Newman, F., Van Whitlock, R, Munro, S, Lang, M, and Tosh, D. (2013). Latent Dimensions of Suicide-Related Thinking: A Complex Variable Prediction Model. Submitted to Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Geis, B.D., Edlavitch, S, Newman, F., Van Whitlock, R, Munro, S, Lang, M, and Tosh, D. (2013). The Core Suicide Risk System: The Association of Suicide Risk Profiles and Clinical Validity Measures. Submitted to Archives of Suicide Research.

Geis, B.D., Edlavitch, S, Van Whitlock, R, Munro, S, Lang, M, and Tosh, D. (2013). The Core Suicide Risk System: The Association of Suicide Risk Profiles and Personality and Validity Information. Submitted to the Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Other Selected Publications / Papers / Presentations

Geis, B. (2006). Expanding school suicide prevention: Beyond warning signs to the promotion of help-seeking behavior. MSCA’s The Counseling Interviewer. Fall, Vol. 39 (1), 22-24.
Geis, B.D. & Edlavitch, S. (2003). Kansas City’s ANSWER: A multi-county coalition for teen suicide prevention. SAMHSA Youth Violence Prevention Cooperative Agreement (Catalog Number: 93-230). March 2003.

Geis, B.D. & Gerrard, M. (1984). Predicting male and female contraceptive behavior: A discriminant analysis of groups high, moderate, and low in contraceptive effectiveness. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 46(3), Mar, 669-680.
Geis, B.D. (1986). A structural equation model of female contraceptive behavior. Lawrence, KS., University of Kansas Press.

Geis B, Edlavitch SA. Suicide-Related Cognitive-Diagnostic Variables in 5 Urban Settings, American Association of Suicidology, Orlando, April 23, 2010.

Geis B, Edlavitch SA., Thought Patterns and Suicide Risk: Eight Factor-Derived Suicide Profiles, 44th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Suicidology, Portland, Oregon, April 20, 2011.

Geis BD, Edlavitch SA., Eight Empirically-Derived Suicide Risk Patterns: Validity Information and Video Illustrations of Profile Types, 45th American Association of Suicidology Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, April 19, 2012.

Geis BD, Edlavitch SA., Suicide Risk System: Eight Thought Patterns Impacting Suicide Risk, 9th Annual Midwest Conference on Problem Gambling and Substance Abuse: Utilizing Evidence‐Based Practices, Kansas City, Missouri, June 6‐8, 2012.

Geis, Bill D. Using Social Indicator Data to Develop, Organize and Validate Strategies for Substance Abuse Treatment. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Demand Treatment Initiative. Houston, Texas. November 30 and December 1, 2000.

Geis, Bill D. The Six Month Report of Substance Abuse and Related Harms: January 1, 2000 to June 30, 2000. Volume V. Move UP, Inc. A Report for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on substance abuse in Kansas City, Missouri, September 14, 2000.

Geis, Bill D. “Using Social Indicators to Fight Substance Abuse.” 108th American Psychological Association Convention. Washington, D.C., August 7, 2000

Geis, Bill D. “Kansas City’s Fighting Back Substance Abuse Prevention Initiative: Local Data, Leadership and Linkage.” Using Community and Neighborhood-Level Indicators to Measure and Guide Coalition Strategy. Invited Address: Department of Health and Human Services. Hubert Humphrey Building. Washington, D.C., June 9, 2000.