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The University of Texas at Austin
Educational Psychology
1912 Speedway, Stop D5800
Austin, TX 78712-1289

Full Vita
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Throughout his tenure at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. David Drum has served as Professor, Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs, Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Services, and as an administrator in charge of University Health Services. In 2006, he turned his attention exclusively to his responsibilities as a member of the faculty of the Counseling Psychology program. 

The role Dr. Drum has with his advisees is primarily supportive in the sense that he encourages his students to explore their own research interests and goals. His current advisees have interests in college student suicidality as well as health psychology, where they work towards integrative health care and improving access to mental health services in hospitals.

Although not a primary area of focus now, in the past Dr. Drum has focused extensively on group therapy processes, especially as they relate to effectiveness of theme groups. His research team is highly collaborative when working on presentations, publications, and discussions. Dr. Drum seeks inquisitive students who will take the initiative in leading projects and also have the desire to work with us collectively as a team.


B.A., Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 1965

M.A., The American University, Washington, D.C., 1966

Ph.D., The American University, Washington, D.C., 1969

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Treatment and Training, The Washington Psychiatric Institute Foundation Fellowship, Washington, D.C., 1972

Representative Publications

Lamis, D. A., Drum, D. J., & Becker-Swanbrow, M. A. (In press). College student distress and suicidality: A spectrum of prevention and intervention approaches. In D. A. Lamis & N. J. Kaslow (Eds.), Advancing the science of suicidal behavior: Understanding and intervention. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Swanbrow-Becker, M. A., & Drum, D. J. (In press). The influence of suicide prevention gatekeeper training on resident assistants’ mental health. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Drum, D. J., Swanbrow-Becker, M. A., & Hess, E. (2011). Expanding the application of group interventions: Emergence of groups in healthcare settings. The Journal for Specialists in Group Work, 36, 247-263.

Brownson, C., Drum, D. J., Smith, S. E., Burton Denmark, A. (2011). Differences in suicidal experiences of male and female undergraduate students. The Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 25, 277-294.

Drum, D. J., & Burton Denmark, A. (2011). College student suicide prevention programs and interventions. In D. A. Lamis and D. Lester (Eds.), Understanding and Preventing College Student Suicide. Springfield, IL: Charles C. Thomas.

Recent Awards

Excellence in College Counseling Center Scholarship Award, The Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors Association, 2012 

Arno Nowotny Medal, The University of Texas at Austin, 2009

Lifetime Achievement Award, the Commission on Counseling and Psychological Services, American College Personnel Association, 2007

Texas Psychological Association’s Outstanding Contribution to Education Award, 2006

Alfred M. Wellner, Ph.D. Senior Career Psychologist Award, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, 2006

Current Research Projects and Grants

Dr. David Drum’s current research is focused on understanding the experiences of college students suffering from distress and, in particular, suicidal thoughts.

Research Interests and Expertise

Because of the variety of roles he has held throughout his career, his research focus has evolved and transitioned over time. Presently, Dr. Drum is interested in the experiences of college students suffering from distress and suicidal thoughts. His interest in exploring this population arises from a belief that the current crisis-focused treatment approach in college counseling centers needs to be augmented with a more proactive and preventative service paradigm that is capable of reducing the prevalence of suicidality among college students. His research team continues to explore data collected by the Research Consortium of Counseling Centers in Higher Education, where it has received survey responses from over 26,000 participants representing 70 U.S. colleges and universities, establishing the largest dataset of in-depth college student suicidal behavior. These results will be used to find ways to help this population enhance resilience, decrease personal vulnerabilities, minimize encounters with traumatic events and, ultimately, fortify student's resistance to suicidal thoughts and behaviors.