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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention - Clinical Core Staff

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Our Mission & Vision

The mission of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is to study suicide with the goal of reducing suicidal ideation and behaviors in the Veteran population. Towards this end, the work of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is focused on promising clinical interventions, as well as the cognitive and neurobiological underpinnings of suicidal thoughts and behaviors that may lead to innovative prevention strategies.

The vision of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC is to increase information and treatment options available to Veterans, their families and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) so that care decisions and care provided are aimed at decreasing suicide risk.


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If you have questions or comments, please reach out to us via email: RockyMountainMIRECC@va.gov
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Staff


Clinical Core Leadership

Bridget B. Matarazzo PsyD

Bridget B. Matarazzo, PsyD (she/her/hers)
Director of Clinical Services, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Bridget.Matarazzo@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar


Bridget B. Matarazzo, PsyD is the Director of Clinical Services at VA's Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. She is Co-Director of VA's Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program and leads a team that provides implementation support for multiple national VA suicide prevention programs, such as the VA Suicide Risk Identification Strategy. She is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine.


Hal S Wortzel, MD

Hal S. Wortzel, MD
Director VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness - Psychiatry
Director of Neuropsychiatry Consultation Services
Co-Director of the Suicide Risk Management (SRM) Consultation Program

Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6481
Email: Hal.Wortzel@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Curriculum Vitae


Clinicians & Clinical Core Staff

Lisa Betthauser

Lisa M. Betthauser, PhD, MBA (she/her/hers)
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-4867
Email: Lisa.Betthauser@va.gov

Publications: PUBMEDGoogle Scholar


Lisa M. Betthauser, Ph.D., MBA, is a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Her primary research interests are the intersection between rehabilitation, trauma, complementary and integrative health approaches and suicide outcomes. She also serves as a Trainer in the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicide Prevention national Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention program.


Georgia Gerard LCSW

Georgia Gerard, LCSW
Social Worker, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6563
Email: Georgia.Gerard@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED


Christie Machan, MSW, LCSW

Christie Machan, MSW, LCSW (she/her/hers)
Licensed Clinical Research Social Worker, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone:303-562-4340
Email: Christie.Machan@va.gov


Suzanne McGarity, PhD

Suzanne McGarity, PhD
Clinical Pscyhologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Suzanne.McGarity@va.gov


Dr. McGarity is a Clinical Psychologist serving multiple roles in the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. She provides technical assistance as a member of the VA Risk ID and SPED implementation team and consultation services for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC's local and national Suicide Risk Management consultation program. She is also a consultant with the Advanced Safety Planning Intervention Training Program and supervises postdoctoral fellows in group-based safety planning services on the Rocky Mountain Regional VA's inpatient psychiatric unit.


Carolyn Gass

Carolyn Gass, MSW, LCSW (she/her/hers)
Program Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6708
Email: Carolyn.Gass@va.gov


Megan Harvey, PhD

Megan Harvey, PhD (she/her/hers)
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Megan.Harvey2@va.gov


Tiara Peterkin

Tiara Peterkin, LCSW
Senior Program Analyst (she/her/hers)
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Tiara.Peterkin@va.gov


Ann Weatherby, MSW, LCSW

Ann Weatherby, MSW, LCSW  (she/her/hers)
Clinical Social Worker, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-322-5428 
Email: Ann.Weatherby@va.gov


Liz Velasquez

Liz Velasquez  (she/her/hers)
Program Support Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-7442 
Email: Elizabeth.Velasquez3@va.gov


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Last Updated 13 April 2022