Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention
Suicide is complex but it is also preventable. Beyond treating Veterans in crisis there are so many ways to tackle this. When you look at the topics we investigate, from gut bacteria to community gatherings, you see the possibilities.
- Dr. Lisa Brenner, the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award Recipient!
- 23 February 2018 - The American Psychology Association Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology awarded Dr. Lisa Brenner with the 2018 Roger G. Barker Distinguished Research Contribution Award. This annual award is conferred upon an individual who is judged to have made an outstanding lifelong contribution to rehabilitation psychology through empirical research, conceptual/theoretical development or both. The award was announced at the Rehabilitation Psychology Mid-Winter Meeting during the Awards Ceremony.
- Pub: Ryan Holliday, Rocky Mountain MIRECC Psychology Fellow, Publishes in Psychiatry
- 22 February 2018 - Dr. Holliday is one of the authors on "Facilitating Fear-Based Memory Extinction With Dexamethasone: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Male Veterans With Combat-Related PTSD". From the abstract "Animal and preliminary human studies have demonstrated that glucocorticoids enhance the extinction of fear memories. Impaired extinction of fear memories is a critical component in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The purpose of this translational study was to determine the effectiveness of pairing a glucocorticoid with trauma memory reactivation as a novel intervention to treat PTSD and to measure the duration of the effect. Conclusions: Despite insufficient power to test differences in PTSD symptom reduction, findings suggest that this novel intervention may have potential for treatment of combat-related PTSD." Read more
- Podcast: The Role of Health Promoting Behaviors with Dr. Bryann DeBeer
- 14 February 2018 - In this podcast Adam Hoffberg interviews Dr. Bryann DeBeer, a suicide prevention researcher and clinical research psychologist at the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, and an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M Health Science Center. Dr. DeBeer discusses her interesting research which examines risk factors for suicide in Veterans. Her work also focuses on translating these findings into new actionable suicide prevention techniques. Adam and Dr. DeBeer talk about how these findings fit into clinical practice in order to help clinicians improve their work with clients at risk for suicide. Listen to the podcast:
- Pub: Suicide Behavior and Chronic Pain: An Exploration of Pain-Related Catastrophic Thinking, Disability, and Descriptions of the Pain Experience
- 5 February 2018 - The RMIRECC team in Salt Lake City (Margaret Legarreta, PhD (pictured), Elliott Bueler, BA, Jennifer DiMuzio, BA, Erin McGlade, PhD, and Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, PhD) published this important paper exploring the role of chronic pain in suicide prevention. "The study results support the need to assess pain from a multifaceted perspective and to examine the different experiences of pain, such as sensory and affective constructs, when discussing suicide risk in veterans." Read more.
- Study: Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq
- 30 January 2018 - The Coming Home from Afghanistan and Iraq study will help VA understand the effects of military service, deployment, and combat on the health and well-being of Veterans who served during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), and Operation New Dawn (OND). Researchers are looking at the physical and mental health, vocation or occupation, and social relationships of deployed Veterans, non-deployed Veterans, and similar civilians. Learn more
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