Center of Excellence Personnel
Peter C. Britton, Ph.D.
VA Appointment: Investigator
Academic Affiliation: Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Rochester Medical Center
Research Affiliate: Center for Integrated Healthcare, Syracuse VAMC
My research focuses on understanding and preventing suicide attempts, suicide, and overdoses in high-risk populations including Veterans. A primary interest of mine has been the development and examination of brief, person-centered, interventions for suicide prevention. I am currently testing the impact of Motivational Interviewing to Address Suicidal Ideation (MI-SI) on suicidal ideation and risk for non-fatal attempts among Veterans at high-risk for suicide.
Another interest is the effectiveness of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). When I was researcher-in-residence at the VCL, I completed an effectiveness study that has resulted in multiple follow-up studies. I am currently conducting a multi-method (quantitative/qualitative) study of emergency dispatches (i.e., 911 calls) among Veteran VCL callers. I am also examining the impact of treatment contact following a VCL call on suicidal behavior, among callers without recent VHA healthcare contact.
An additional interest is the prevention of intentional and unintentional overdoses, particularly among individuals who misuse opioids. I also value my collaborations with researchers inside and outside VA on projects testing couple and relationship interventions for reducing suicide risk, examining the reduction of opioid use and overdoses among opioid using Veterans in the community, studying the facilitation of healthy behaviors among re-integrating Veterans to reduce suicide risk, and tailoring suicide prevention efforts to the needs of female Veterans.
|2022-2027||VA/CSRD I01CX002359||Motivational Interviewing to Address Suicidal Ideation: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Veterans||PI|
|2022-2025||VA/OMHSP||Veterans Crisis Line Outcomes: Treatment Contact and Risk for Non-Fatal Suicide Attempts, Suicide Deaths, and All-Cause Mortality (Co-PIs: Britton, Mohamed)||Co-PI|
|2022-2024||VA/HSR&D I01RX003704||A Pilot Trial of Health Coaching to Improve Functioning and Reduce Suicide Risk among Reintegrating Veterans (PI: Denneson)||Co-I|
|2022-2027||NIDA 1R01DA052426||An Evaluation of a Community-Based Education, Navigation, and Support (CENS) Intervention to Reduce Opioid-Related Harms among Military Veterans (Co-PIs: Bennett, Elliott)||Co-I|
|2021-2025||VA/HSR&D I01HX003236||A Multi-Method Examination of Veteran Crisis Line Emergency Dispatches||PI|
|2017-2022||VA/HSR&D I01HX002434||Advancing Suicide Prevention for Female Veterans (PI: Denneson)||Co-I|
|2022-2027||VA/RRD IK2 RX003823||Supporting Relationships to Reduce Suicide Risk: A Randomized Control Trial of the Brief Relationship Checkup (PI: Crasta)||Co-Primary Mentor|
|2014-2019||VA/HSR&DI01HX001587||Facilitating use of the Veterans Crisis Lines in High Risk Patients (PI: Ilgen)||Co-I|
|2018-2019||VA/HSR&D I21HX002665||Developing Public Messaging Strategies to Facilitate Help Seeking among Veterans at Risk for Suicide (PI: Karras)||Co-I|
|2018-2019||VA/HSR&D 10P9H||Veterans Crisis Line (VCL) Researcher-in-Residence||PI|
|2014-2018||NIDA R01DA036754||Opioid Misuse and Overdose Risk Patterns in Recent Veterans (Co-PIs: Bennett, Elliott)||Co-I|
|2012-2017||VA/CSR&D IK2CX000641||Motivational Interviewing to Reduce Risk for suicide in Veterans||PI|
|2011-2012||VA/QUERI LIP||Influences on call outcomes among Veteran callers to the National Crisis Line||PI|
|2009-2011||DoD Deployment Related Medical Research Program, Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program||Development of an Intervention for Soldiers and Veterans with Co-Occurring Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse (PI: Olson-Madden)||Co-I|
|2009-2011||Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention||Pilot Study of a Brief Intervention for Hospitalized Veterans||PI|
|2006-2008||American Foundation for Suicide Prevention||Suicide Attempt Registry (PI: Conwell)||Co-I|
|2005-2007||American Foundation for Suicide Prevention||Developing an Intervention for Patients with Substance Use Disorders at Acute Risk for Suicidal Behavior (PI:Conner)||Co-I|
|2005-2007||NIH||National Research Service Award (NRSA) (Co-PIs: Caine, Conwell)||Fellow|