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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

Peter B.

Contact Info  
(585) 393-7926 


Research Interests

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.

Current Funding

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

Past Funding

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