VISN 1 MIRECC Staff: Suzanne Decker, Ph.D.
Suzanne Decker, Ph.D.
Dr. Suzanne Decker received her Ph.D. in Psychology in 2011 from Western Michigan University and completed a pre-doctoral clinical fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine specializing in dialectical behavior therapy for substance use disorders. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the VISN 1 New England MIRECC in 2011-2013. During her fellowship, Dr. Decker collaborated with MIRECC and Yale Psychotherapy Development Center investigators on projects related to evidence-based treatment implementation (clinician training, fidelity to treatment models, factors influencing implementation) and areas where treatment approaches may need to be adapted or further developed (e.g., to address the particular needs of female Veterans who have experienced trauma). Since joining the MIRECC as a staff member, Dr. Decker’s work has focused in three overlapping research areas: the adaptation and implementation of behavioral treatments, including understanding treatment mechanisms and factors that moderate treatment effects; high-risk impulsive behaviors common among Veterans with dual diagnosis issues, such as suicidality and substance use; and emotion dysregulation as a potential mechanism for substance use and mental health problems. Currently, she is a staff psychologist at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and VISN 1 New England MIRECC and Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Decker also serves as the Director of Training (Psychology) for the VA Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at VISN 1 New England MIRECC.