Meet Our Members and Affiliates

Leadership
Ivan Miller, PhD (Director)

Dr. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Director of the Psychosocial Research Program at Butler Hospital. Dr. Miller’s research interests are focused on the development and evaluation of interventions to reduce suicidal behavior. He has been funded continuously by the National Institute of Mental Health for the past 35 years to develop and evaluate treatments for severe depression and suicidal behavior. Dr. Miller is the author of over 270 papers and books related to depression and suicidal behavior. Most recently, he has developed a new intervention to reduce suicidal behavior, the Coping Long Term with Active Suicide Program (CLASP) which has shown promise to reduce suicidal behavior in high risk patients recently discharged from emergency departments or psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Miller was one of the principal investigators of the largest study of screening and intervention for suicide ever conducted in the United States (Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation Study – ED-SAFE). Dr. Miller currently serves as a consultant to the American Foundation for Suicide Research as well as to the National Institute of Mental Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Joint Commission.

Michael Armey, PhD (Associate Director)

Dr. Armey is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. His research encompasses the use of novel measures and methods to assess suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury, with the goal of identifying processes and mechanisms amenable to intervention. He is currently running two projects (R01 MH095786 & R01 MH097741) developing an emotion reactivity translational endophenotype associated with suicidal ideation and behavior as well as novel measures of implicit cognitions associated with suicide. These projects employ ecological momentary assessment (EMA) alongside laboratory-based behavioral assessment paradigms (e.g. behavioral tasks, psychophysiology, & eye-tracking) to develop a complex multimethod assessment of suicide risk. His most recent work builds upon the emotion reactivity endophenotype to explore associated neural circuitry (R01 MH112674). In addition, he has lent his expertise in EMA and advanced assessment techniques to projects examining suicide (PI Nugent: R01 MH105379, PI Schatten/Miller: R01 MH108610, & PI Dickstein: R01 MH110379) as well as severe mental illness (PI Gaudiano/Moitra: R21 MH102000), frustrative nonreward (PI Dickstein: R01 MH111542), and trauma risk in adolescents (PI Nugent: R01 MH108641). He was an invited speaker at the NIMH “Mechanisms Underlying Suicide Risk: Integrating RDoC to Inform Novel and Personalized Interventions” conference and in a symposium highlighting “Novel Approaches to Understanding and Predicting Suicide” at the 2017 meeting of the International Association for Suicide Research/American Foundation Suicide Prevention (IASR/AFSP) International Summit on Suicide Research. A listing of his publications can be found at:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/47936760

Lauren Weinstock, PhD (Associate Director)

Dr. Weinstock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, where she is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights. She also maintains clinical appointments at Butler Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and the Providence VA Medical Center. Dr. Weinstock’s program of research is focused on the development and evaluation of interventions for severe mood disorders and suicide prevention, with a particular focus on supporting and improving outcomes for individuals during vulnerable transitions in care (e.g., from inpatient to outpatient treatment, across the perinatal period, and from criminal justice to community settings). Her work as Principal Investigator of the Suicide Prevention Intervention for at-Risk Individuals in Transition (SPIRIT) trial, the first clinical trial designed to address risk for suicide in the months following jail detention, is particularly exemplary of this focus. NIMH recently awarded a $1M supplement to SPIRIT to expand its focus to the overlap between (fatal and non-fatal) opioid overdose and suicide behaviors. With Drs. Miller and Gaudiano, Dr. Weinstock is also co-developer of the Coping Long-Term with Active Suicide Program, recently evaluated in the ED-SAFE trial, and currently being evaluated in two large trials focused on reducing risk for suicide among at-risk civilian and Veteran inpatients transitioning to outpatient care. Complementing this work is research focused on better understanding the continuum between unipolar and bipolar mood disorders, using both statistical and experimental approaches, and studies on the clinical management of mood disorders (e.g., diagnostic processes, use of polypharmacy) in routine care, with the long-term aim of informing quality improvement in the assessment and treatment of mood disorders and suicide risk in community settings. Dr. Weinstock is a past AFSP Young Investigator Award recipient, and has consulted as an invited member of the Suicide Workgroup for the NIH PhenX Toolkit, on the National Institute of Justice’s Expert Advisory Panel on reducing mortality in correctional facilities, and on SAMHSA’s expert panel focused on reducing suicide risk in bipolar disorder. Her work has been supported by NIMH, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIJ, and foundations including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. A listing of her publications can be found:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/40835830/

Core Members

Core members are faculty who are actively conducting suicide related research.

Sarah Arias, PhD

Dr. Arias is a Research Psychologist in the Psychosocial Research program at Butler Hospital and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. Her current research focuses on the development and implementation of suicide interventions. Her most recent project involved estimating the prevalence of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts among older emergency department (ED) patients (R03 MH107551-01). The findings examined disparities in ED care of older adults, specifically in receiving a mental health evaluation after presenting with current suicide risk. She also lends her expertise in adverse event detection and reporting to the Coping Long-term with Active Suicide Program (CLASP) study (PI Miller: R01 MH-101129) and the Suicide Risk Reduction in the Year Following Jail Release (SPIRIT trial; PIs Johnson/Weinstock: U01 MH106660). These projects aim to develop and evaluate suicide prevention and treatment efforts in high-risk populations. She was recently awarded the Excellence in Geriatric Emergency Medicine Research Award for her presentation on disparities in treatment for older adults in the ED at the 2017 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) conference. A listing of her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/41741445/

Jennifer Barredo, PhD

Dr. Barredo is a Research Scientist at Providence VAMC and an Assistant Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University. She completed her doctoral and postdoctoral training at Brown University where she developed expertise in multi-modal neuroimaging, electroencephalography, and basic cognitive neuroscience. In her clinical neuroscience research, she uses neuroimaging to examine the underlying neuropathology of suicidality, and of mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Barredo also uses neuroimaging to identify neural predictors and mechanisms of response to neuromodulation interventions for psychiatric disorders.

Melanie Bozzay, PhD

Dr. Bozzay is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a Psychologist at the Providence VA. She is also the Associate Director of the Suicide Prevention Research and INnovation Group (SPRING) at the Providence VA. Dr. Bozzay researches mechanisms underlying suicide and violence, leveraging experimental (i.e., laboratory and ambulatory tasks) and psychophysiological methodologies (i.e., EEG/ERP). She recently received an NIMH-funded R01 to develop a sleep-based model of proximal risk for suicide with Dr. Armey. She has collaborated with CRISP members at different hospitals (i.e., Butler Hospital, Providence VA) on multiple projects related to identification of suicide risk and interventions to reduce suicide risk.

Amy Cameron, PhD

Dr. Cameron is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a Psychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center Trauma Recovery Services Clinic. Her program of research relating to suicide examines the role of shame and moral injury in suicidal behaviors in combat Veterans. She is currently the PI on a New Investigator Award from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention examining the role of acute shame on suicidal ideation. In addition to this award she collaborates on a number of treatment studies related to improving psychosocial functioning, improving quality of life and decreasing suicidal ideation in combat Veterans with PTSD.  A list of her publications can be found at http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2747-8365.

Yovanska Duarte-Velez, PhD

Dr. Duarte-Velez is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown. Her long-term research interests are to develop and tailor treatments for suicidal minority youth (e.g. ethnic, sexual, multiple minority status) and their families’ needs. Another goal is to incorporate health disparity studies into treatment research within a cross-cultural perspective. She a strong background in the treatment of depressed Latino/a adolescents and their families. Her current treatment research incorporates cultural adaptations and ethnic minority perspectives in adolescents at risk for suicide. As a predoctoral fellow (F-31), she gained expertise in suicide risk factors on Puerto Rican youth and instrument translation and adaptation (linguistic and cultural), and was first author on a review of conceptual and methodological issues on research regarding suicidal behavior among Latinx adolescents. As a post-doctoral researcher she   continued to expand her study of suicidality through a clinical sample of depressed Latinx youth. Dr. Duarte-Velez was recipient of a young investigator grant awarded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in which she developed a novel treatment protocol that addresses culture and developmental stage as central components in CBT with Latinx youth with suicidal behavior. Also, she developed a 3.5 hour workshop for gatekeepers, as Capacity Building Coordinator of a suicide prevention grant awarded to the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, she is has an NIMH K award to continue her research on treatment development with suicidal, adolescent Latinx youth in the U.S.

Brandon Gaudiano, PhD

Dr. Gaudiano is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Senior Investigator in Brown’s Mindfulness Center. He also is a Research Psychologist at the Psychosocial Research Program and Program Director for Transitional Outpatient at Butler Hospital. Much of Dr. Gaudiano’s work has focused on developing, evaluating, and implementing transitions of care interventions for patients with severe mental illness who are at risk for suicide.  As part of this endeavor, he co-developed the Coping Long-Term with Active Suicide Program (CLASP) with Drs. Ivan Miller and Lauren Weinstock. CLASP has been tested in several past and ongoing clinical trials in psychiatric hospital, VA, and emergency department settings. In addition, Dr. Gaudiano has published over 100 articles, commentaries, and chapters on topics related to suicidality, mood disorders, psychosis, treatment adherence, and mobile technology.  He currently serves on the editorial board of 3 professional journals and has been a grant reviewer for NIH and several international funding agencies. Related to his suicide prevention work, Dr. Gaudiano was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (formerly NARSAD) to develop a hospital aftercare program for patients with comorbid bipolar and substance use disorders.  He also has been the recipient of numerous awards from NIH over the years, including a current grant (PIs Gaudiano/Moitra: R34MH115144) to develop and test a mobile intervention to improve outcomes (e.g., improve treatment adherence, reduced suicidality) among patients with schizophrenia following discharge from a psychiatric hospital. A list of his publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/49249710/

Kathleen Kemp, PhD

Dr. Kemp is an Assistant Professor (Research) at the Brown Uiversity Warren Alpert Medical School and Staff Psychologist with Rhode Island Hospital Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center. She is also the Director of the Rhode Island Family Court Mental Health Clinic. She is currently the PI on a K23 award to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief suicide intervention implemented by front-line juvenile justice staff for youth involved in the juvenile justice system (K23MH111606; PI Kemp). She is a Co-Investigator on several university- and NIH-funded grants, including ParentTECH (R34 DA042247, MPIs: Spirito and Hernandez), Date SMART Girls (R01HD080780, PI: Rizzo) and Project EPICC (R01DA035231, PI: Tolou-Shams). Her clinical research focuses on suicide prevention as well as the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatment with juvenile justice involved-youth.

Anastacia Kudinova, PhD

Dr. Kudinova is an Assistant Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Bradley Hospital. Her emerging line of research focuses on advancing what is known about bio-behavioral mechanisms of self-referential cognitive-affective processes involved in suicide risk across development using multiple-units-of-analysis approach. Her current project, on which she collaborates with several CRISP members, focuses on examining whether differential neural processing of self-criticism and self-reassurance is linked to ecologically derived suicidal thoughts and behaviors in youth.

Nicole Nugent, PhD

Dr. Nugent is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is a child clinical psychologist at the Bradley Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital Research Center. Dr. Nugent has conducts programmatic research aimed at characterization of neurobiological and psychosocial influences during high risk periods of stress and transition, toward the goal of developing informed and novel secondary and tertiary interventions. Dr. Nugent’s early work focused on the interplay of biomarkers and social context in the acute aftermath of trauma as related to development of stress-sensitive disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder and depression. This early work was expanded through a Mentored Research Scientist Award to incorporate training and research in psychiatric genomics and advanced analytic models, which has permitted Dr. Nugent to continue to develop an integrated program of research aimed at rich characterization of clinically significant and dynamical processes that unfold as at-risk adolescents navigate periods of significant stress. Dr. Nugent’s current NIMH funded research (R01MH105379) examines adolescent in vivo emotion reactivity as related to social context in the real world during the high-risk transition from inpatient psychiatric hospitalization for suicidal thoughts and behaviors to their home environments. It is expected that early childhood maltreatment experiences will be associated with alterations in the methylation profile of genes involved in the major stress system and that these epigenetic changes will be associated with increased reactivity to social context in adolescents. Dr. Nugent has presented as invited workshops through NIEHS and SAMHSA as well as NIMH, including a talk at a 2016 NIMH workshop on “An RDoC approach to research for rapid translaton for treatment of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.” A list of her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/48030398/

Jennifer Primack, PhD

Dr. Primack is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Research Health Scientist at the Providence Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She specializes in depression and suicide in military and Veteran populations. She received a career development award to examine the acceptability and feasibility of a men’s depression treatment for Veterans. She is currently the principal investigator on a VA Health services merit award to examine the efficacy of a suicide prevention program for recently hospitalized Veterans. She sits on the Providence VAMC suicide prevention committee and is a member of the military suicide consortium. Dr. Primack has advocated for Veteran suicide research at local and national conferences and was recently invited to represent the Providence VAMC at the Eastern Council of State Governments conference, where she was involved in public policy brainstorming with local state representatives. Dr. Primack is the local site lead for the Women’s Practice Based Research Network (PBRN), a health services research network whose goal is to facilitate implementation of research strategies into VA clinical practice. She has over 6 years of experience working both clinically and in a research capacity with military Veterans. A full list of her publications can be found at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=primack%2C+jennifer

Megan Ranney, MD

Dr. Ranney is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University; Director and Founder of the Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program (www.brownedhi.org); and Chief Research Officer for AFFIRM Research (www.affirmresearch.org), a philanthropy focused on filling the funding gap for firearm injury prevention research. She also serves as Chair of her Governor’s Task Force on Gun Safety. Dr. Ranney’s career focus is on developing, testing, and disseminating technology-based interventions to prevent violence and mental illness. She is currently Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on 7 federally funded grants and has over 95 peer-reviewed publications. She currently serves as an elected Member-at-Large on the Board of Directors for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM); editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine; and chairs regional and national committees on firearm injury within and outside of emergency medicine. She has received numerous awards for technology innovation, public health, and research. Dr. Ranney graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts (summa) in History of Science. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire prior to attending medical school at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in NYC. She graduated with AOA status and received the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award on graduation. She completed internship, residency, and chief residency in Emergency Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Injury Prevention Research and a Master of Public Health, at Brown University.

Heather Schatten, PhD

Dr. Schatten is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Her program of research examines both suicidal and non-suicidal self-injurious thoughts and behaviors using laboratory-based assessment, ecological momentary assessment (EMA) technology, and the real-time assessment of speech patterns to predict these behaviors. She is currently the PI on an R01 project that examines the utility of speech patterns, collected via smartphone and yoked to EMA assessments, to identify and predict changes in suicide risk. Supported by NIMH, this is a multidisciplinary grant in which she is collaborating with Brown University’s Quantitative Sciences Program and the University of Michigan’s Computer Science and Engineering Department and Department of Psychiatry. In addition to this award, she collaborates on multiple projects focused on a multi-method assessment strategy to prospectively predict suicidal ideation and behavior in a high-risk inpatient population, as well as a physical activity intervention to improve mood symptoms in pregnant women with depression. A listing of her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/48024813/

Anthony Spirito, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Spirito is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. He has been conducting researchin adolescent suicidality and depression for over 25 years. He conducted some of the first studies on brief interventions in the Pediatric Emergency Department for adolescents who attempted suicide. The majority of his recent work has been on the treatment of depressed and suicidal adolescents, almost all of whom have been enrolled for outpatient treatment studies following a psychiatric hospitalization. Along with his colleagues, he published the first randomized trial of individual therapy with adolescents who had attempted suicide. He has also conducted a study of an integrated CBT protocol for adolescents with alcohol use disorders, major depression, and suicidality. He just completed two larger trials using the same treatment protocol with adolescents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in a community mental health clinic as well as with suicidal adolescents recruited from an inpatient psychiatric unit. He is on the Scientific Advisory Committee for the NIMH-funded 9 site national study called ED-STARS, an emergency department adolescent suicide screening study. His work has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, and NIDA as well as foundations, such as the American Foundation for Suicide Research. He has served on the NIMH Data and Safety Monitoring Board as well as the NIMH Interventions Committee for Disorders involving Children and their Families and the NIH Committee on Psychosocial Development, Risk, and Prevention. A listing of his publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/47998047/

Lisa Uebelacker, PhD

Dr. Uebelacker is Associate Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Family Medicine. She has been site PI for the ED-SAFE and ED-SAFE 2 studies.  Funded by NIMH, these multi-site studies have examined implementation of universal screening for suicide and follow-up interventions for people at high risk for suicide in eight emergency department sites. Dr. Uebelacker also studies integration of behavioral health treatment into primary care settings; within this area, she is interested in best practices for suicide screening, risk assessment, and treatment planning in primary care. She is a member of the Care New England Suicide Prevention Committee and has represented Care New England at a Zero Suicide Academy. Her work has been supported by NIMH, NINR, NCCIH, NHLBI as well as the Rhode Island Foundation. A list of her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/41149566/

Jennifer Wolff, PhD

Dr. Wolff is an Assistant Professor (Research) at Brown and a Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island and Bradley Hospitals. She has served as a Co-PI or Co-I on seven NIH-funded intervention trials. These studies included treatment development research for adolescent populations including comorbid conduct problems and depression, depression and obesity, and suicidality and depression in parents and adolescents. She recently completed two treatment trials for high-risk adolescents with suicidality, substance use, and other co-occurring disorders. The first successfully recruited suicidal adolescents from the inpatient unit for intensive outpatient treatment and the second involved an effectiveness trial in the community. All of these studies have included the use of CBT based skills for at-risk youth. Most recently she successfully developed and piloted an intervention for the inpatient setting designed to reduce suicidality as adolescents transfer to outpatient care. She also serves as the lead psychologist on the Bradley Hospital inpatient unit and Associate Director of Program Development for Intensive Services. Her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/48029144/

Shirley Yen, PhD

Dr. Yen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. Dr. Yen has been conducting research on identifying prospective predictors of suicidal behavior and self-injurious behaviors, and developing interventions for suicidal patients for the past 20 years. As a co-investigator on the seminal Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Disorders Study – CLPS (MH050837), the largest longitudinal study of personality disorders to date, Dr. Yen spearheaded efforts to examine prospective predictors of suicidal behavior in this high-risk sample, which has resulted in many highly cited publications. She was also awarded a K23 career development award (MH066904) to follow suicidal adolescents after discharge from an inpatient psychiatric hospital admission, which has generated 10 published manuscripts to date. Most recently, Dr. Yen’s research experience has focused on treatment development grants targeting suicidal behaviors in adolescents and young adults hospitalized due to suicide risk (MH090147; MH101272, SRG-0-158-14). Furthermore, she has successfully piloted multi-modal interventions that incorporated a text messaging component. These treatment studies are in various stages, but preliminary results indicate promising clinical outcomes and excellent acceptability for the text messaging component of the intervention. Dr. Yen was also recently awarded a pilot intervention to examine mechanisms of risk for suicidal behavior in sexual minority youth. Her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/41155485/

Affiliated Members

Affiliated members are faculty who are not currently conducting suicide related research but who have complementary skills and expertise which may be applied to suicide related questions.

Leslie Brick, PhD

Dr. Brick’s research focuses on the underlying genetic architecture contributing to risk for substance use behaviors, stress sensitive sequelae (PTSD, depression), and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. She is also interested in time-based models of behavior change surrounding periods of risk and transition in relation to environmental and social context, emotion regulation, and biological influences, especially in the context of time-varying predictors of behaviors as they unfold in vivo. Dr. Brick received her Ph.D. in Behavioral Science at the University of Rhode Island with a focus in methodology and statistics. She completed a T32 postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University where her work focused on the integration of genetically informed research and the naturalistic in vivo measurement of behavior using multiple methods (e.g., momentary ecological assessment [EMA], electronically activated recordings [EAR], self-report, computer tasks, psychophysiology, clinical interview). Presently, she serves as the Associate Director of the Quantitative Sciences Program at Brown to provide consultation of research design and analysis, as well as training and expertise to faculty and trainees within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown.

Elizabeth Chen, PhD

Dr. Chen is the Founding Associate Director of the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics (BCBI), Associate Professor of Medical Science, and Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice. She is a formally trained biomedical informatician who has been conducting research in clinical informatics for almost 20 years in both academic and hospital settings. Within BCBI, Dr. Chen leads the Clinical Informatics Innovation and Implementation (CI3) Laboratory that is focused on leveraging electronic health record (EHR) technology and data to improve healthcare delivery and biomedical discovery. Specific research interests include clinical documentation, clinical decision support, health information needs, standards and interoperability, natural language processing, and data mining. Dr. Chen’s prior research, funded by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health, involved leveraging the EHR and computational approaches to collect and analyze social, behavioral, and familial factors for conditions such as pediatric asthma and adult epilepsy (R01LM011364). More recent research in mental health informatics involves using EHR data and computational techniques to study suicidal thoughts and behaviors. With respect to training, Dr. Chen is Co-Director of the Scholarly Concentration in Biomedical Informatics (an elective research program for medical students), co-instructing several courses for teaching biomedical informatics and data science skills, and actively involved with mentoring high school, undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Dr. Chen is an elected fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and is currently a member of NLM’s Biomedical Informatics, Library and Data Sciences Review Committee. A listing of her publications can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/1raecrV

Rani Elwy, PhD

Dr. Elwy is an Associate Professor and Director of the Implementation Science Core in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr. Elwy is a health psychologist, health services researcher and an implementation scientist who examines 1) patients’ access to and uptake of mental health care and complementary and integrative health services, and 2) communication between patients, families and providers. Dr. Elwy is currently the co-director of the VA’s Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center, funded by the VA Office of Patient Centered Care and the VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI). Her research has also been funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) service and the Clinical Sciences Research and Development (CSR&D) service; and the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Elwy received the VA HSR&D Best Research Paper Award in 2017 for her work on examining surgeons’ communication with patients and families about unanticipated surgical adverse events and the impact of this communication on surgeons’ well-being, published in JAMA Surgery.

Michael Frank, PhD

Dr. Frank is an Edgar L Marston Professor of Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences and Psychiatry and Human Behavior and is affiliated with the Carney Institute for Brain Science. He directs the Brown Initiative for Computation in Brain and Mind and the Laboratory for Neural Computation. He received his PhD in Neuroscience and Psychology in 2004 at the University of Colorado, following undergraduate and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and biomedicine (Queen’s University (Canada) and University of Colorado). Dr. Frank’s work focuses primarily on theoretical models of frontostriatal circuits and their modulation by dopamine, especially in terms of their cognitive functions and implications for neurological and psychiatric disorders. The models are tested and refined with experiments involving pharmacological manipulation, deep brain stimulation, EEG, fMRI and genetics. Honors include Kavli Fellow (2016), the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award (2011), the Janet T Spence Award for early career transformative contributions (Association for Psychological Science, 2010) and the DG Marquis award for best paper published in Behavioral Neuroscience (2006). Dr. Frank is a senior editor for eLife, associate editors for Behavioral Neuroscienceand the Journal of Neuroscience, and member of Faculty of 1000 (Theoretical Neuroscience section).

Kerri Kim, PhD

Dr. Kim is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Brown and the Director of the Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Adolescents Program, Mindful Teen, at Bradley Hospital. Clinically, Dr. Kim’s expertise is in evidence-based treatment for youth presenting with severe mood dysregulation and anxiety – most often characterized by chronic suicidality, non-suicidal self-injury, and/or other high-risk behaviors. Dr. Kim’s research dovetails from her clinical work and is in identifying multi-level factors that impact psychiatric functioning and outcomes. Specifically, she has an ongoing study looking at treatment outcomes for youth completing Mindful Teen. Another pilot grant from Brown’s Advance Clinical Translational Research Center examines the brain/behavior mechanisms of emotion dysregulation in adolescents with mood and anxiety disorders. The teens recruited for this study belong to one of two groups – those who completed the Mindful Teen program vs. community-based, non-psychiatric healthy controls. The intent for this and future projects is to utilize research to improve therapeutic services available to children and their families, with a particular interest in improving outcomes for youth with severe emotion dysregulation who present as treatment non-responders. Her publications can be found at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/kerri.kim.1/bibliography/49393003/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Brandon Marshall, PhD

Dr. Marshall is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. Broadly, Dr. Marshall’s research focuses on substance use epidemiology, infectious diseases, and the social, environmental, and structural determinants of health of drug-using populations. He is the Principal Investigator of multiple NIH- and CDC-funded studies that seek to improve the health of people who use drugs. He has published more than 150 scientific publications. As the Scientific Director of PreventOverdoseRI, Rhode Island’s drug overdose surveillance and information dashboard, he works closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health to track, measure, and evaluate efforts to address the state’s opioid overdose epidemic. He serves as an expert advisor to Governor Raimondo’s Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force. He has received numerous accolades and awards for his research, including the Henry Merrit Wriston Fellowship from Brown University in 2015, and the 2016 Brian MacMahon Early Career Award from the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Community Partners

Community partners are individuals from state and local community organizations which provide policy and/or clinical services related to suicide.

Diane Block, PhD, OT

Dr. Block is the Director of Quality and Patient Experience at Butler Hospital.  She received her PhD from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2013.  At the Heller School she was an NIAAA fellow in the Institute of Behavioral Health which focuses on the intersection of health, behavior, and systems of care.  Her research there evaluated the role of State policy on alcohol related problems for individuals in various racial/ethnic groups.  Dr. Block has a 25 year career thus far at Butler Hospital and has worked across its mental health and addiction programs in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  She is a member of the CNE Suicide Prevention Committee and co-chairs the Butler Hospital Suicide Prevention Committee with Dr. Armey.  They launched this steering committee in 2018 after Butler Hospital committed to implementing a Zero Suicide framework.  Dr. Block’s advocacy work in the area of mental health care is guided by a belief in the need for individuals with lived experience to be partners in policy development.  Dr. Block chairs the Butler Hospital Patient and Family Advisory Council which advises the hospital on the Zero Suicide initiatives as they are being developed.  Dr. Block helps drive the implementation of evidence based suicide prevention practices at Butler Hospital with Dr.’s Uebelacker and Armey.  In addition to her research colleagues Dr. Block works closely with the leaders of the RI Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and each year several events are held collaboratively to improve public health awareness of suicide prevention resources.

Stephanic Czech, PhD

Dr. Czech is a Clinical Educator in Family Medicine and Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Kent Hospital of Rhode Island. She is the Director, Division of Behavioral Health, in the Department of Family Medicine at the Family Care Center of Kent Hospital, where she provides training and education to family medicine residents and psychology residents and social work students; integrated behavioral health patient care; research in primary care behavioral health; and leadership and advocacy for behavioral health initiatives. Stephanie is devoted to providing evidenced-based patient-centered care and clinical training, including suicide assessment and intervention for the primary care setting. She serves on the Care New England Suicide Prevention Committee, which has provided important opportunities for collaboration and practice improvement toward enhancing suicide awareness and prevention.

Ryan Erickson

Ryan Erickson is the Director of Strategy and Public Affairs at the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals. He served as a Policy Advisor to Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo until 2019. Until June 2017, he was Associate Director of Economic Campaigns at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. He previously served as head of political research at Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the United States. He also served as an aide to the Chief Advisor to New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg for Policy and Strategic Planning, advising on firearms policy, immigration, marriage equality, and other issues. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Denise Crooks, MPH, LICSW

Denise Crooks, MPH, LICSW is a licensed social worker providing therapy within the Adult Gender and Sexuality Behavioral Health Program. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston College and a Master of Public Health degree from Boston University. Denise previously worked as a behavioral health clinician with the Trans Health Access Team at Thundermist Health Center. Her clinical interests include working with the LGBTQ community, particularly transgender and non-binary patients, as well as those who practice consensual non-monogamy. Denise is kink-affirming and works from an anti-oppressive lens. She has spent time both in the United States and abroad, coordinating studies related to HIV, substance use, depression, and chronic pain and is an author or co-author of multiple peer-reviewed articles. She regularly organizes with community groups for LGBTQ policy reform at the state level. In 2020, Denise was awarded the Trans Ally Empowerment Award by TGI Network of Rhode Island. She also served on the planning committee for the Rhode Island Trans Health Conference from 2017 through 2019, where she co-chaired the Behavioral Health and Public Health tracks.

Patricia Gedarovich, DNP, MPH, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sarah Gamble, PhD

Sarah Gamble, Ph.D., is the Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Health. In this role, she administers the state’s SAMHSA youth suicide prevention grant. She has recently relocated to Rhode Island from California, where she was leading sexual violence prevention efforts at the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennifer Healey, MS, LMHC, MFT
Jeffrey Hill, MS - RI DOH

Jeff Hill is the Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator and the Violence and Injury Prevention Program Manager at the RI Department of Health. In these roles, Mr. Hill administers a number of federal grants and statewide initiatives, and has sat on several key working groups, including the VA Medical Center OEF, OIF, OND Task Force, the RI Town Gown Partnership, the Governor’s Council on Behavioral Health, and the RI Prevention Advisory Council.   With a diversity of experiences in suicide and injury prevention across youth and adults, in civilian and Veteran populations, and in other “boundaried settings” such as schools and universities, Mr. Hill provides a complementary and critical public health perspective to the Consortium. He has collaborated with several CRISP members on completed, ongoing, and planned projects, providing opportunities to increase the “reach” of the Consortium’s efforts to enhance suicide prevention at the state and regional level.

Margaret Howard, PhD

Dr. Howard is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Medicine, Clinician Educator, at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Howard is Division Director for Women’s Behavioral Health and she and her team established the nation’s first Mother-Baby Perinatal Psychiatric Partial Hospital at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Dr. Howard has served on the Care New England Suicide Prevention committee since its inception in 2011 and on the Board of Families for Depression Awareness since 2004 which focuses on youth suicide prevention and families impacted by suicide. She is the Co-PI for the MomsPRN program which seeks to enhance screening and referral for perinatal women across the state of RI who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or substance abuse. She has published, taught, and lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of perinatal depression and is the recipient of awards recognizing her unique contribution to the field of perinatal and women’s mental health.

Prachi Kene, PhD

Prachi Kene is a Professor in the Department of Counseling, Educational Leadership, and School Psychology at Rhode Island College (RIC). In addition to her work at RIC, she is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Rhode Island. She serves as the Patient Safety Coordinator at RICBT Inc. In this role, she is responsible for training licensed clinicians in suicide risk assessment, providing consultations, maximizing efforts aimed at suicide prevention within the practice, and providing postvention servicesHer areas of research and clinical interests include suicide risk assessment and suicide prevention.

Andrew Leonard
Jacqueline Mancinigeer, LMHC, QMHP
Rose McClarnon, DNP, BSN, RN

Rose McClarnon is the Nurse Director of the Alcohol and Drug Inpatient and Adolescent Units at Butler Hospital. She is Community Support Professional Certified through BHDDH. She serves on several committees at Butler Hospital including Zero Suicide, Falls Prevention, Safe Patient Handling, and Quality Council. In addition to her work at the hospital, she also volunteers her time with programs like the Annual Rally for Recovery.

Lawrence Miller, LICSW, QMHP
Michael O’Neill, ACDP, CPRS

Mike O’Neill is the Manager of Recovery Coach Services at Anchor Recovery Community Center in Providence, RI. Anchor is funded by way of grants, state contracts and reimbursement from insurance carriers. As the manager, Michael is responsible for overseeing a team of recovery coaches and developing recovery programs for individuals seeking their own path to recovery. Recovery coaching services are provided at the Anchor center or at the Department of Corrections for residents across the state. Michael ensures that quality peer recovery services are provided to those seeking help while meeting numerous contractual obligations and outcomes.  In addition, Michael is a key trainer for Anchor’s Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Consideration for Recovery Specialists. Training is provided to individuals in personal recovery from SUD and in pursuit of state licensure as Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialists.  Michael is a participant of many of the Governor’s Task Force groups and subgroups, and continues to act as an advocate where needed. Michael continues his collaboration with Zero Suicide initiative since 2017. Prior to joining Anchor Recovery Community Center he worked at The Providence Center as an outreach worker with the RESPECT program and at residential facilities; as such, Michael has provided in-depth SUD support services to many disadvantaged residents and is keenly aware of the needs of said population. He is also a person in long-term recovery from SUD’s and shares his recovery story when appropriate to assist others.

Deborah Pearlman, PhD

Dr. Pearlman is Associate Professor of Epidemiology (Practice) and Consulting Epidemiologist and Evaluator for the Rhode Island Department of Health. As an applied public health researcher, her research agenda spans several different areas. Her grant funding addresses issues that affect population health across the life span, from pediatric asthma to adolescent mental health to violence and injury prevention in adolescent and young adult populations (e.g. suicide and suicide risk; interpersonal violence) to chronic diseases in adults. A consistent theme in her public health work is how the social ecology of a community has a profound effect on a wide range of health outcomes. This has meant shifting her research and evaluation work away from solely documenting the pervasiveness of health inequities to focusing on health equity and examining the social, economic, and environmental factors that underlie health disparities. She has received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for two consecutive 5-year grant cycles awarded to the Rhode Island Department Health that focus on suicide risk and protective factors in youth ages 10-24 (with Jeffrey Hill, Rhode Island Department of Health). As a core faculty advisor in Brown University’s Master of Public Health program, she mentors graduate students in public health practice and research.

Jessica Pineda, MD

Dr. Pineda is a Family Medicine Physician and Psychiatrist at Women and Infants Hospital with practices at the Center for Primary Care and Women’s Behavioral Health. Her focus is on preventative medicine, integration of behavioral services into primary care practices, women’s health and reproductive psychiatry. She currently serves as the medical director for Women’s Behavioral Health and the Program Director for the Women’s Mental Health Fellowship. She works with CRISP members in goal of suicide prevention by providing information and tools to behavioral health and primary care offices.

Corinna Roy, MA

Corinna Roy is an Associate Director for Rhode Island’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). Corinna is the primary contact for suicide prevention and response and workforce development. She also contributes to program and policy development around racial equity, telemedicine, housing, crisis response and other issues as they arise. She has a Master’s Degree in cultural anthropology and a Bachelor’s Degree in economics. She has extensive experience in project development, management, and evaluation; Medicaid, including RI’s reinventing Medicaid, value-based purchasing including the implementation of Accountable Entities in RI; strategic planning and both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. She has also consulted for Brown’s Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies. She has authored published studies on community development, the transition from welfare to work and numerous evaluation projects.

Brydie Thomasian, MSW, LICSW
Tanya Tran, PhD

Dr. Tran is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is a Psychologist at the Lifespan Physicians Group, where she provides training and education to Brown psychology residents and outpatient behavioral health care to adults with a wide range of presenting problems. Her clinical focus is on treating mood and anxiety disorders with an emphasis on providing evidenced-based patient-centered care. Additionally, she is interested in increasing efforts towards suicide awareness and prevention in the community. She previously worked as a research therapist on the Emergency Department Safety Assessment and Follow-up Evaluation Study (ED-SAFE) providing follow-up interventions for individuals at high risk for suicide. Her research has been focused on understanding how basic cognitive processes and individual differences in emotion regulation increase vulnerability to, maintain, and hinder recovery from emotional disorders. She is also interested in examining the role of social media on emotion regulation and its subsequent impact on emotional well-being.

Margaret Tryforos, MD
Marea Tumber
Moira Varone, RN MHA

Moira Varone is a clinical informatics nurse at Butler Hospital. She works with staff in all clinical settings to ensure that the patient electronic health record (EHR) follows all regulatory and risk requirements for documentation and makes the necessary changes in the record to reflect those needs. Regulatory requirements are constantly getting updated making it necessary to work with different groups within the hospital to ensure those updates make it into the EHR. Her clinical experience includes over 30 years at Butler in different positions including as a nurse manager working closely with Quality and Performance Improvement as well as the Medical Records Committee and Risk Management.

Trainees

Trainee members include individuals such as graduate students, postdocs, clinical interns, and fellows who are interested or involved in suicide research.

Christopher Hughes, PhD

Dr. Hughes is a CRISP T32 research fellow in Butler Hospital’s Psychosocial Research Program through the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Rutgers University (2020) and completed his clinical psychology internship at Brown University prior to matriculating into their postdoctoral fellowship. In this role, Dr. Hughes has collaborated with several CRISP members on completed, ongoing, and planned projects, including several federally funded grants, aimed at improving the prediction, prevention, and treatment of suicide. Dr. Hughes’s research interests include suicide, NSSI, emotion dysregulation, repetitive negative thinking, experiential avoidance/non-acceptance, affective forecasting, treatment and assessment development and improvement, and the incorporation of mobile technology into treatment and research. One line of research is focused on elucidating the cognitive and affective processes associated with within-person change in suicide risk, ultimately identifying modifiable mechanisms to target with interventions. The second, complimentary, line of research centers around the development of brief, digital, standalone interventions targeting established processes and risk factors associated with acute suicide risk.

Morganne Kraines, PhD

Dr. Kraines is a postdoctoral research fellow at Butler Hospital and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is associated with CRISP through her research interests in suicidality. She is an NRSA funded postdoc whose research investigates methods and mechanisms of mindfulness-based treatments for mood disorders, suicide, and addiction. Her research also explores cognitive biases for mood disorders, suicide, and anxiety using novel computer-based tasks and eye tracking methodology.

Kaitlin Sheerin, PhD
Ahmar Zaman, PhD

Dr. Zaman is a postdoctoral fellow through the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and works with adolescents involved with the Rhode Island Family Court and Bradley Hospital. His clinical interests include conducting forensic psychological evaluations with adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system and working with youth in areas related to racial, cultural identity, and intersectionality. Ahmar’s research interests explore understanding how mental health, socioeconomic status, and racial and gender identity impact youth’s involvement with the juvenile justice system. His research also focuses on understanding racial and multicultural identity.