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Lindsey Monteith, Kelly Soberay, Holly Gerber and Nazanin BahrainiPub: The phenomenology of military sexual trauma among male veterans
25 April 2018 - Today also saw the release for Dr. Lindsey Monteith, Dr. Nazanin Bahraini, Kelly Soberay and former Research Assistant, Holly Gerber on PsycNet the publication The phenomenology of military sexual trauma among male veterans. This study looked at Military Sexual Trauma in males. The study used "a phenomenological approach to describe the lived experiences of men exposed to MST." Themes that emerged include "disruptions to their sense of masculinity," and questioning their sexuality among many other themes. Read the abstract.

Not part of this research but a related topic he author Junot Diaz recently wrote about his experience of child sexual abuse that mirrors many of these themes in The New Yorker Magazine.
Lindsey MonteithPub: Suicide Ideation in Female Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: The Trauma Source Matters
25 April 2018 - Dr Lindsey Monteith published this paper with Rebecca K. Blais, PhD. This study looked "whether experiencing suicidal ideation differs based on the source of PTSD symptoms" That is whether the PTSD is related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) or to a non-MST source. What they found was the source of the trauma does matter. "Participants who identified MST as the source of their PTSD symptoms were over two times more likely to report SI, compared to those who described non-MST-related events as the source of their PTSD symptoms. Compared to those who reported the source of their PTSD symptoms as combat-/deployment-related, those who identified MST as the source were at least three times as likely to report current SI. Results underscore the importance of efforts to address MST-related PTSD symptoms when working with female service members/Veterans." Read more
Jerry ReedPodcast: Suicide Prevention Master Series with Dr. Jerry Reed
11 April 2018 - Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Education Development Center’s Senior Vice President for Practice Leadership and Lead for the U.S. Division’s Suicide, Violence, and Injury Prevention Portfolio, shares his professional journey from the early days of his career experience to his current position of being a well-known leader and expert in the suicide, violence, and injury prevention fields. Read more. Listen to the podcast:

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Federal PractitionerUnderstanding, Assessing, and Conceptualizing Suicide Risk Among Veterans With PTSD
5 April 2018 - Three of our researchers (Ryan Holliday, PhD, Lindsey Monteith, PhD, Hal Wortzel, MD) published today in the journal Federal Practitioner. The article concludes, "Because suicide risk assessment and management can be time sensitive and anxiety provoking, mental health providers can use a TRM (Therapuetic Risk Management) approach to increase their confidence in instituting optimal care and mitigating risk by having a structured, therapeutic assessment process that gathers appropriate suicide- and PTSD-related data to assist in developing suicide risk-related treatment. However, more research is needed to determine the most useful self-report measures and effective interventions when working with veterans with PTSD at risk of suicide." Read more
Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and TraumaA Single-Arm Meta-Analysis of Cognitive Processing Therapy in Addressing Trauma-Related Negative Cognitions
30 March 2018 - Rocky Mountain MIRECC Psychology Fellow, Dr. Ryan Holliday, keeps publishing and publishing. Today his publication was released in Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma. This study looked at the research that has been done related to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) a treatment "designed to address cognitive “stuck points” connected to a patient’s trauma-related negative cognitions (NCs)." From 9 studies there was a reduction in negative cognitions. Read more
Resources for Coping after a Tragic EventResources for Coping after a Tragic Event
27 March 2018 - There are many different responses to traumatic events. Most people have intense responses immediately following, and often for several weeks or even months after, a traumatic event. With the help of the National Center for PTSD, VA Office for Suicide Prevention, we put together this resource for dealing with workplace tragedy. Learn more.
Journal of Psychiatry ResearchReductions in Self-Blame Cognitions Predict PTSD Improvements with Cognitive Processing Therapy for Military Sexual Trauma-Related PTSD
15 March 2018 - Dr. Ryan Holliday, Rocky Mountain MIRECC Psychology Fellow, is the lead author on this paper exploring how reductions in trauma-related negative cognitions during Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) are theorized to precede posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom reduction. From baseline to 6-months posttreatment, only changes in self-blame predicted and temporally preceded changes in PTSD symptoms, highlighting a potential mechanism of change in CPT for military sexual trauma-related PTSD. Read more.

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