John R. Cutcliffe holds the Acadia Professor of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing chair at the University of Maine and is Adjunct Professor at the University of Ulster, United Kingdom; University of Malta, Malta and the School of Nursing, University of Coimbra, Portugal. His clinical background is in nursing, having completed his psychiatric nurse education and his general nurse education in the United Kingdom. He is an international scholar having worked in universities in England, Northern Ireland, Canada and the United States.
His research interests focus on hope, suicide and clinical supervision. In 2003 he was recognized by the federal government of Canada and cited as one of the top 20 Research Leaders of Tomorrow for his research on hope and suicidology. In 2004 he was nominated for a Canadian Research Chair in Suicidology and was given the highest research rating of “outstanding” from the independent reviewers.
Dr. Cutcliffe has published over 170 papers and chapters, ten books, and over 70 abstracts and conference proceedings. He has extensive extra-mural research funding as Primary/Co-Investigator and his work has been translated into German, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese. He is currently working with colleagues from the University of Ulster, Dublin City University, the University of Coimbra and Vestfold University College, Norway on an international program of research focusing on suicide.
He served as the national Canadian Representative for the International Association of Suicide Prevention and the Director of the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses: Education and Research division. He is the Associate Editor for the Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing Journal and serves on the boards of eight health education journals.