Antoon Leenaars (born 1951) is a Canadian psychologist practicing in Windsor, Ontario. He is known for his research on suicide. He has written a book about suicide in the military, which he has called a growing problem. He has also dismissed the claim, often made by Canadian politicians, that that country's military has a lower suicide rate than the general population, a claim he says seems to be "whitewashing". After Kelly Johnson, a police officer from London, Ontario, shot and killed a retiree and then killed herself, London's police department hired Leenaars to write a book about murder-suicides by police. The book he wrote for them, Suicide and Homicide-Suicide Among Police, was published in 2010.
Honors, awards, and positions
Leenaars is the former president of the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) and the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) (of which he is the only non-American to be president). He was the founding editor-in-chief of the peer-reviewed journal Archives of Suicide Research. He has received, among other awards, the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s Stengel Award, CASP’s Research Award, and AAS’s Shneidman Award.