Executive Director


As Executive Director of the PDV Foundation, Ms. Pazur leads a team that applies her vision for identifying gaps in suicide prevention in America, and filling those gaps through strategic communications. Calling upon a 20-year communications career, combined with personal experience with suicide loss, Ms. Pazur brings a rare vision and perspective to the field, and to Foundation efforts to advance the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) through public/private partnerships. Ms. Pazur is responsible for planning, direction and production of PDV Foundation programs; and their overall go-to-market strategy for foundation programs and intellectual property including market planning, positioning, advertising, circulation management and segmentation, lead generation, advertising sales, sponsorships and strategic alliances, media relations and trend analysis. As former Managing Editor of Preventing Suicide: The National Journal, published under a SAMHSA-funded initiative through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Ms. Pazur created content tied to suicide issues surrounding those in military service and the link between alcohol and suicide; she also reported in depth on the groundbreaking and evidence-based U.S. Air Force suicide prevention program and its implications for transferability to other communities. Ms. Pazur began her career in communications as a freelance journalist for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, where her first assignment was an in-depth cover story for the newspaper's Sunday Magazine on Cleveland's Homeless Families. She contributed more than 60 stories while with the Plain Dealer including pieces on race relations and substance-use disorders in adolescents. Ms. Pazur has managed strategic projects for multinational firms in the manufacturing, health care, consumer packaged goods, professional sports, non-profit and service sectors; these include Kimberly-Clark, Huggies, The Green Bay Packers, Aurora Health Care and American Red Cross Blood Services. She holds a bachelor's degree from Ursuline College in Cleveland, Ohio.

Selected Relevent Publications and Presentations:

Pazur DM. Supporting Survivors of Suicide Loss: A Guide for Funeral Directors. Suicide Prevention Resource Center, which is supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (Grant No. 1 U79SM57392-03), 2008 Publication No. CMHS-SVP-0194.

Pazur DM. Youth Suicide Prevention Is Everyone's Business. Society for Prevention of Teen Suicide. 2008.

Pazur DM. John Kalafat Remembered. Multimedia presentation at 2008 Annual Conference of the American Association of Suicidology, Boston, MA.

Pazur DM. Sustaining Productivity®: Addressing the Economic Burden of Workplace Depression. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:Special Supplement.

Dispelling Denial: Increasing Treatment-Seeking Behaviors Among Those With Co-Occurring Disorders. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:6.

Pazur DM. Prevention's Legislative Pioneer: An Interview With United States Senator Harry Reid. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:8-12.

Pazur DM. Apart and Alone. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:14-22.

Pazur DM. Societal Effects of One Father's Suicide. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:23.

Pazur DM. The Primary Care Setting: A Key To Suicide Prevention. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:24-5.

Pazur DM. Suicide Triples In Wake Of Katrina. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:26.
Pazur DM. Science Matters: Recent Relevant Research-Antidepressant Aversion Suggests Physician-Patient Communication is Key; Control, Struggle, Connectedness are Key Themes; Homecare Patients Vulnerable to Suicide, Underserved for Prevention; Phone Follow-up May Deter Attempts; Suicidal Attempts Among Blacks. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:28-9.

Conwell Y, Pazur DM. Dying for Help. Advan Suic Prev 2007:Special Issue:1.

Pazur DM. Storm Surge: Rising Suicides Begin to Ripple Through Battered Gulf Coast. Advan Suic Prev 2006:V1I I1:8-9.

Pazur DM. Communication Planning and Suicide Prevention: Know Where You're Going and How to Get There. 2007 Florida State Suicide Prevention Conference, Tampa, FL.

Pazur DM. Promoting Suicide Prevention: How Social Marketing Can Enhance Your Coalition-Building Efforts. 2007 Florida State Suicide Prevention Conference, Tampa, FL.

Pazur DM. Engaging the Media in Promoting Suicide Prevention. 12th Annual National Suicide Prevention Awareness and Training Event, 2007. Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA), Washington, DC.

Pazur DM. Bright Mind: Interview with DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D. Advan Suic Prev 2006:V2 II:12-15.

Pazur DM. Issues that Impede Treatment of Children and Teens. Advan Suic Prev 2006:V2 II:25.

Pazur DM. Schools and Suicide. Advan Suic Prev 2006:V2 II:16-24.

Pfeffer CR, Pazur DM. The Most Vulnerable Among Us: Our Children. Advan Suic Prev 2006:V2 II:1.

Pazur DM. Science Matters: Recent Relevant Research—Talk Therapy Shown to Reduce Suicide Risk in Landmark Study; Physician Education is Key; Cultural Factors are Critical. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V2 II:6.

Pazur DM. A Tragedy of Enormous Proportions. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:7-9.

Pazur DM. Sowing Hope: Psychologist-farmer Mike Rosmann toils to prevent suicide in agricultural communities. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:10-12.

Pazur DM. Science Matters: Recent Relevant Research—Doubtful Treatment; Helpers Helping Others; Veterans At Risk. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:13.

Pazur DM. Culture Shock: Calling for Cultural Competency When Considering How to Prevent Suicide. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:15.

Pazur DM. Lost In Rural America: Suicide in Rural Areas. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:16-23.

Manson SM, Pazur DM. Prevention Lessons to Learn from Rural America. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 III:1.

Pazur DM. Pioneering Thinker: Thomas Joiner and Why People Die By Suicide. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:12-13.

Pazur DM. Battle Scars. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:14-15.

Pazur DM. The Public Health Peril of Suicide. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:16-21.

Pazur DM. Suicide as a Preventable Public Health Problem: National Leaders Share their Views. With A. Kathryn Power, M.Ed., Georges Benjamin, M.D., Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Ileana Arias, Ph.D., and Eric Caine, M.D. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:22-23.

Pazur DM. States Seeking Services. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:24.

Pazur DM. Science Matters: Latest Research from the Field—Questions and Answers; Intent to End Psychache; Adolescent Exposure. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:25.

Pazur DM. Cultural Shift. Advan Suic Prev 2005:V1 II:26-27.

Pazur DM. Battle Wounds: Countering Suicide in Soldiers and Vets. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N5:5-10.

Pazur DM. Care Managers May Help Depressed Elderly Reduce Suicidal Thoughts. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N5:12.

Pazur DM. Senate Promotes Youth Suicide Prevention. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N5:13.

Pazur DM. Alcohol and Suicide: An Inextricable Link. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N4:2-10.

Pazur DM. Spate of Prison Suicides Spurring Action in Vermont, Oregon, Montana and Arizona. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N4:13.

Pazur DM. One on One With Shneidman Award Winner James L. Werth, Jr. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N3:3.

Pazur DM. FDA Conducts Emotional Hearings on Antidepressants for Children. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N3:4.

Pazur DM. Federal Support Moves Suicide Prevention Forward. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N3:5-9.

Pazur DM. A Landmark Program Beyond Compare: Groundbreaking U.S. Air Force Prevention Program. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N2:2-9.

Pazur DM. U.K. Launches New Antidepressant/Suicide Probe. Prev Suic Nat J 2004:V3 N2:12.

Pazur DM. Slavery In America. The Plain Dealer, Jan 31, 1993, page 8, Cleveland, OH.

Pazur DM. Cleveland's Homeless Families. The Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine: Dec 8, 1990, Cleveland, OH.