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Brady Stephens, MS SAS.C.P.
Director of Data Analytics and Informatics

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Biography:

Currently Mr. Stephens serves as the Director of Data Analytics and Informatics for the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention.  His previous experience includes market research, survey design, and labor economics. Mr. Stephens completed his Master of Science in Applied Statistics at the John D. Hromi Center for Quality & Applied Statistics, Kate Gleason College of Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Research Interests:

Mr. Stephens’ primary research interest is the interaction of applied statistical computation and health services research. His current focuses include categorical data analysis, censored data, and multilevel modeling.

Recent Publications:


Xia, Y., Lu, N., Katz, I., Bossarte, R., Arora, J., He, H., Tu, J. X., Stephens, B., Watts, A., & Tu, X. M. (in press). Models for surveillance data under reporting delay: Applications to the VA SPAN Surveillance System for veteran first-time suicide attempters. Applied Statistics.

Britton, P., Stephens, B., Wu, J., Kane, C., Gallego, A., Ashrafioun, L., Tu, X., & Conner, K. R. (in press). Comorbid depression and alcohol use disorders and prospective risk for suicide attempt in the year following inpatient hospitalization. Journal of Affective Disorders.

Britton, P., Kopacz, M., Stephens, B., & Bossarte, R. M. (in press). Veterans Crisis Line callers with and without prior VHA service use. Archives of Suicide Research.

Karras, E., Lu, N., Stephens, B., Tu, X., Draper, J., Thompson, C., & Bossarte, R. M. (in press). Measuring associations of the VA’s Suicide Prevention Campaign on the use of crisis support services. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Bossarte R. M., Karras E., Lu N., Tu X., Stephens B., Draper J., & Kemp J. E. (2014). Associations between the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Suicide Prevention Campaign and calls to related crisis ines. Public Health Reports, 129, 516-525.

Cerulli C., Stephens B., Bossarte R. M. (2014). Examining the interaction between suicidal behaviors and intimate partner violence among a sample of males receiving services from the Veterans Health Administration. American Journal of Men’s Health, 8(5), 440-443.

Karras E., Stephens B., Kemp J. E., Bossarte R. M. (2014). Using media to promote suicide prevention hotlines to veteran households. Injury Prevention, 20(1), 62-65.

Recent Presentations:

Karras, E., McCarten, J., Stephens, B., & Thompson, C. (2015, July). Communication strategies to increase receptivity to help seekin and promote mental health service use. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the VA HSR&D/QUERI, Philadelphia, PA.

Karras, E., McCarten, J., Stephens, B., & Thompson, C. (2015, July). Communication strategies to increase receptivity to help seeking and promote mental health service use. Presented at the VA HSR&D/QUERI National Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Karras, E., McCarten, J., Elder, H., Kane, C., & Stephens, B. (2015, April). Normalizing help-seeking: An examination of the use of public messaging to address mental health stigma. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Suicidology, Atlanta, GA.

Connor, K. R., Wu, J., Britton, P., Stephens, B., Gallegos, A., & Tu, X. M. (2015, June). Suicdie attempt in the year following hospitalizaation among veterans with depression and alochol use disorder. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the World Congress of the International Association of Suicide Prevention, Montreal, Canada.

Karras, E., Lu, N., Wojcio, S., Stephens, B., Tu, X., & Bossarte, R. M. (2014, November). Measuring the associations between public education campaigns and use of crisis support services. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association, New Orleans, LA.

Stephens B., & Bossarte R. M. (2013, August). Suicide re-event measure, adjusting for suicidal history. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, 2013 Joint Statistics Meetings–Celebrating the International Year of Statistics, Montreal, Canada.

Stephens B., Bossarte R. M., & Piegari R. (2012, July). Representative measures of veteran health factors. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, San Diego, CA.

Stephens B. (2011, February). Evaluating veteran suicide prevention media campaigns. Oral presentation at the Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention Advisory Board Meetings. Rochester, NY.

Stephens B., & Bossarte R. M. (2011, February). Predicting veterans with frequent poor mental health. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Statistical Association, Miami Beach, FL.

Bossarte R. M., Stephens B., Kemp J. E., & Knox K. L. (2011, April). Awareness of suicide prevention hotlines and likelihood of use following a public health messaging campaign. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology Conference, Portland, OR.

Bossarte R. M., Stephens B., Silver E., Knox K. L., & Kemp J. E. (2011, April). Characteristics and outcomes among a sample of callers to the Veterans Crisis Line. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Association of Suicidology Conference, Portland, OR.

Stephens B., Preczewski P., & Bossarte R. M. (2011). Systematic disparity in self reporting of veteran status in a major US-wide behavioral health survey. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Bossarte R. M., Stephens B., Knox K. L., & Kemp J. E. (2010). Associations between mass media messaging and calls to the Veteran’s Suicide Prevention Hotline. Poster session presented at the Implementing a Public Health Model for Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Veterans – Department of Veterans Affairs, Baltimore, MD.

Preczewski P., Bossarte R. M., Stephens B., Dotger S., Maisto S. A., & Funderburk J. S. (2010, April). Analysis of slogans used for vuicide prevention through mental health literacy. Poster session presented at the National VA Mental Health Conference, Baltimore MD.

 

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