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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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Staff

Research Core


Research Directors

Lisa Brenner

Lisa A. Brenner, PhD (she/her/hers)
Clinical Research Psychologist & Director, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6488
Email: Lisa.Brenner@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., is a Board-Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, a Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), Psychiatry, and Neurology at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, and the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC). She is also Vice Chair of Research for the Department of PM&R. She has over 20 years of experience working with Veterans and has championed numerous national efforts to prevent suicide among Veterans. Her primary area of research interest is traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, and negative psychiatric outcomes including suicide.


Nazanin H. Bahraini PhD

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

Email: Nazanin.Bahraini@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Nazanin Bahraini, Ph.D. is a Clinical Research Psychologist. She is the Associate Director of Research at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. She is also an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her areas of research interest include dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in suicide prevention and novel, transdiagnostic treatment approaches for mental health conditions.


Principal Investigators

Sean Barnes

Sean Barnes, PhD (he/him/his)
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6560
Email: Sean.Barnes2@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Barnes is a licensed clinical psychologist and investigator at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, a consultant with the VA Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. His primary clinical and research interests include suicide risk management and prevention and treatment of moral injury. Dr. Barnes' research program includes projects aimed at improving suicide risk management and developing effective contextual behavioral interventions for helping patients build vital and meaningful lives.


Lauren Borges

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

Phone: 303-916-0128
Email: Lauren.Borges2@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Dr. Borges is a licensed clinical psychologist and investigator at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her primary line of research concerns the application of contextual behavioral interventions to help Veterans approach emotions like guilt and shame more flexibly. She is currently grant-funded to investigate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Moral Injury (ACT-MI) and ACT for suicide prevention (ACT for Life).


Diana Brostow, PhD, MPH, RDN

Diana Brostow, PhD, MPH, RDN (she/her/hers)
Clinical Research Nutritionist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Diana.Brostow@va.gov


Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar


Bryann DeBeer

Bryann DeBeer, PhD (she/her/hers)
Director of VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry - Suicide Prevention Collaborative & Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 254-297-3108
Email: Bryann.Debeer@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Bryann DeBeer, Ph.D., is the Director of the VA Patient Safety Center of Inquiry - Suicide Prevention Collaborative, a Clinical Research Psychologist at the VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center and a Visiting Associate Professor at Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research focuses on three interrelated topics: 1) understanding risk and protective factors for suicide; 2) translating these factors into novel interventions; and 3) leveraging implementation science to improve suicide prevention in organizations. She has received funding from the VA, DoD and the American Psychological Association to support her work.


Pete Gutierrez

Pete Gutierrez, PhD (he/him/his)
Clinical/Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Peter.Gutierrez@va.gov


Claire Hoffmire, PhD

Claire A. Hoffmire, PhD (she/her/hers)
Epidemiologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Claire.Hoffmire@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED

Claire A. Hoffmire, PhD, serves as a principal investigator and co-lead for the ASPIRE Lab at the Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) for Veteran Suicide Prevention and Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Hoffmire has worked in the field of Veteran suicide prevention since 2012; her research aims to inform evidence-based suicide prevention programs for all Veterans, within and outside the VA. Dr. Hoffmire is committed to conducting research which can be leveraged to improve upstream, public health oriented suicide prevention programs for historically underrepresented and underserved Veterans, such as women and those not engaged in VA healthcare.


Ryan Holliday PhD

Ryan Holliday, PhD (he/him/his)
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6573
Email: Ryan.Holliday@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Ryan Holliday, Ph.D., is a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center for Veteran Suicide Prevention and Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. His clinical and research interest focus upon understanding the intersection of trauma, psychosocial stressors (such as homelessness and justice involvement) and mental health. He is further interested in translating these findings into evidence-based practice.


Adam Kinney

Adam Kinney, PhD, OTR/L (he/him/his)
Research Health Science Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Adam.Kinney@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kinney is an occupational therapist who conducts research aimed at improving care quality and associated outcomes for Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and other potentially disabling conditions. His primary area of research focuses on promoting Veterans' receipt of evidence-based treatment for sleep conditions following mTBI (e.g., insomnia). He is also interested in understanding how multi-level determinants (e.g., person-, provider-, system- or societal-level) influence service delivery and positive outcomes among individuals with a history of mTBI.


Douglas Kondo MD

Douglas Kondo, MD
Principal Investigator & Staff Psychiatrist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Phone: 801-582-1565 ext. 2821
Email: Douglas.Kondo@va.gov


Dr. Kondo conducts clinical trials of novel treatment for Veterans with suicidal thoughts and actions. He is also Principal Investigator for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC project "Altitude and Psychiatric Symptoms," which combines human neuroimaging, population epidemiology and animal model research to study the impact of altitude and hypoxia on the brain. These effects include impaired brain energy metabolism, and alterations to neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine.


Margaret Legarreta

Margaret Legarreta, PhD
Research Psychologist, Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Phone: 801-582-1565 x2763
Email: Margaret.Legarreta@va.gov


Meredith Mealer PhD

Meredith Mealer, PhD
Investigator/Regulatory Liaison, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-4864
Email: Meredith.Mealer@ucdenver.edu


Mohatt PhD

Nathaniel Mohatt, MFA, PhD (he/him/his)
Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Nathaniel.Mohatt@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Nathaniel Mohatt is a community psychologist, with extensive experience working with rural and indigenous communities. His areas of expertise are developing community-based suicide prevention programs, community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities and cross-cultural considerations for suicide prevention. Dr Mohatt holds appointments as a Research Psychologist with the VA's Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (RMIRECC); an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) School of Medicine; and a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, Division of Prevention and Community Research.


Lindsey Monteith

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

Email: Lindsey.Monteith@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Lindsey L. Monteith, Ph.D., is a Clinical Research Psychologist in the Rocky Mountain MIRECC and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research aims to ensure that suicide prevention initiatives are patient-centered, gender-sensitive and trauma-informed. Dr. Monteith co-leads the Advancing Suicide PreventIon for undeRserved vEterans (ASPIRE) Lab within the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. Links to some of Dr. Monteith's ongoing projects include INQQUIRE, COALESCE and ASPIRE.


Teo Postolache

Dr. Teodor T. Postolache
Visiting Clinical Research Psychiatrist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: TPostola@psych.umaryland.edu


Arthur Ryan

Arthur T. Ryan, PhD (he/him/his)
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Arthur.Ryan@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Dr. Ryan is a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. His research interests include digital adaptations of existing evidence-based psychotherapies, suicide in people with severe mental illness (i.e., severe thought and mood disorders) and the endocrine and immune system's role in the etiopathology of suicide and severe mental illness.


Joseph A Simonetti

Joseph Simonetti, MD, MPH (he/him/his)
Clinician Investigator, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Joseph.Simonetti@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar | Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Simonetti is a hospital medicine physician at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center and investigator with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. His research focuses on developing patient-centered firearm safety interventions for individuals at risk of suicide. As an educator, he works locally and nationally to support VA and community-based clinicians in delivering evidence-based and culturally competent lethal means safety counseling to at-risk Veterans.


Rachel Adams, PhD

Rachel Sayko Adams, PhD, MPH (she/her/hers)
Health Services Researcher, Rocky Moutain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Rachel.Adams6@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED

Dr. Adams is a Health Services Researcher with the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, with expertise examining co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions following traumatic brain injury. Dr. Adams is a Multiple Principal Investigator (Brenner/Adams) on an R01 from the National Institute of Mental Health and the Office of the Director at NIH which is integrating data from the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Administration to enhance suicide prevention efforts for military members returning from deployments. Dr. Adams is a Research Associate Professor at Boston University's School of Public Health in the Division of Health Law, Policy and Management.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Meghan Donovan

Meghan Donovan, PhD (she/her/hers)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-857-5088
Email: Meghan.Donovan@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Dr. Donovan completed her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Florida State University, and she joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a Postdoctoral Fellow in September 2020. Dr. Donovan's doctoral work focused on effects of social isolation and probiotic intake on the gut-immune-brain axis and behaviors in socially monogamous prairie voles. Dr. Donovan is particularly interested in examining how environmental, psychosocial and lifestyle factors can shape mental health outcomes.


Chelsea Cogan, PhD (she/her/hers)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-4864
Email: Chelsea.Cogan@va.gov

Publications:Google Scholar

Dr. Cogan completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa and joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC in August 2021 as an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. Dr. Cogan's research focuses on the interaction between PTSD, sleep disturbance, and suicide in at-risk populations.


Julie Kittel-Moseley, PhD (she/her/hers)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Julie.Kittel-Moseley@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Dr. Kittel-Moseley completed her Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Rochester and joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2022. Her doctoral work examined the role of physical health and social isolation in the mental health of cancer survivors transitioning out of treatment and into survivorship. Dr. Kittel-Moseley is interested in the intersection of physical and mental health and how this informs upstream suicide prevention efforts.


Daniel Reis, PhD (he/him/his)
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-857-5770
Email: Daniel.Reis2@va.gov

Publications:PUBMED

Dr. Reis completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Kansas and joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC in December 2020 as an Advanced Fellow in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. During graduate school, he studied the relationship between lifestyle variables and mental health outcomes, as well as the impact of seasonal sunlight on depression treatment outcomes. Dr. Reis is currently examining the use of bright light therapy within the Veterans Health Administration.


Research Clinicians, Staff and Other Investigators

Evelyn Casiano

Eve Casiano (she/her/hers)
Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-3522
Email: Evelyn.Casiano@va.gov

I am a Marine Corps Veteran with more than 20 years of medical research experience. I am honored to be working for the VA Rocky Mountain MIRECC and to serve my fellow Veterans through supporting research aiming to improve evidence-based practices to serve those who have served us first. I am very fortunate to be working with a passionate team that is committed to developing innovative strategies to meet the unique healthcare needs of our Veterans.


Kelly Stearns-Yoder, MS

Kelly A. Stearns-Yoder, MS (she/her/hers)
Laboratory & Research Program Director, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-415-1717
Email: Kelly.Stearns@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED

Ms. Kelly Stearns-Yoder is the Laboratory and Research Program Director for the Brenner Lab (Lisa A. Brenner, PI) at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She is currently a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology. Specific areas of research include programmatic outcomes and evaluation at the patient and organizational levels.


Suzanne Thomas

Suzanne Thomas, MA
Project Coordinator, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6555
Email: Suzanne.Thomas4@va.gov


Christina Wade

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

Email: Christina.Wade@va.gov

A blended experience of data systems, statistical analysis, direct clinical practice and process improvement, Christina is most focused on turning raw data into meaningful, patient-centered care.


Leah Wendleton

Leah Wendleton, MPH, MSW(she/her/hers)
Health Science Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Leah.Wendleton@va.gov


Ms. Wendleton dedicates herself to research projects that ally and partner with Veterans to impact their community and the healthcare that serves them. She serves as the Program Manager for the Together With Veterans Program, a community lead rural Veteran public health suicide prevention program. She also Co-leads the multi-site ORH Growing Rural Outreach through Veteran Engagement (GROVE) Center, developing of tools and resources for engaging rural Veterans in VA operational and research projects and strengthening partnerships between VA and rural Veteran communities.


Tabitha Alverio, MA (she/her/hers)
Professional Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone:720-298-5022
Email: Tabitha.Alverio@va.gov


Javier Ballester
Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: Javier.Ballester@hsc.utah.edu


Meghan Barnhart

Meghan Barnhart, MS
Health Science Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6476
Email: Meghan.Barnhart@va.gov


Elliott Bueler
Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: e.bueler@utah.edu


Kirsten Cline, BS (she/her/hers)
Clinical Project Manager, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City Health Care System,
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: Kirsten.Cline@hsc.utah.edu


Hope Gill, BA
Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-857-5626
Email: Hope.Gill@va.gov


Erin Higgins, LCSW, LAC
Social Worker, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Erin.Higgins@va.gov


Christe'An Iglesias

Christe'An Iglesias, MA (she/her/hers)
Health Science Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-6556
Email: Christean.Iglesias@va.gov


Matthew Hodgkinson, BSN, RN
Clinical Research Nurse, Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: Matthew.Hodgkinson@va.gov


Jacob Johnson, BA (he/him/his)
Program Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-229-4746
Email: Jacob.Johnson4@va.gov


Rachel Johnson, PhD, MSW, LCSW(she/her/hers)
Research Social Worker & Qualitative Methodologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Rachel.Johnson13@va.gov


Joseph Mignogna, PhD
Clinical Research Psychologist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 405-269-6866
Email: Joseph.Mignogna@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar


Morgan Nance, MA (she/her/hers)
Senior Professional Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone: 720-723-4868
Email: Morgan.Nance@va.gov


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

Email: Taylor.Phillips2@va.gov


Emerald Saldyt, BS (she/her/hers)
Professional Research Assistant
Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Emerald.Saldyt@va.gov
Phone: 720-723-6554

Emerald is a recent graduate and new MIRECC employee with a varied research background on topics such as prosocial behaviors, mindfulness, depersonalization, and emotional wellbeing. In her free time, she enjoys making genuine connections, being artistically and musically creative, and adventuring outdoors. At the MIRECC, she assists with research on psychiatric outcomes following head injuries and examining the role of technology in suicide prevention.


Shalomi Shelton, MS
Research Assistant, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Shalomi.Shelton@va.gov


Chandni Sheth (she/her/hers)
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Utah
Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: Chandni.Sheth@utah.edu

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Chandni Sheth, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah. She obtained her PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Utah in 2016. Her interests include investigating neurobiological alterations underlying psychopathology using multimodal neuroimaging and using this knowledge towards finding better therapeutic targets for intervention in Veteran populations.


Christopher Stamper, PhD (he/him/his)
Health Science Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Phone:720-723-6552
Email: Christopher.Stamper@va.gov

Publications: PUBMED | Google Scholar

Dr. Stamper is interested in the link between mental and physical health and the bacteria that live in and around us. Under Dr. Lisa Brenner, Dr. Stamper is engaged in the US Veteran Microbiome Project (US-VMP) which uses cutting edge technology and computational analysis to elucidate the links between mental and physical health and the microbiome and metagenome. Dr. Stamper is involved in Randomized Clinical Trials run by Dr. Lisa Brenner to investigate novel therapeutics targeting the gut brain axis for treatment of PTSD.


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

Email: Jane.Stanton@va.gov


Andrew Stephens, MSW (he/him/his)
Program Specialist, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Andrew.Stephens1@va.gov

Andrew grew up in central Texas and earned his BSW and MSW at Baylor University. He moved to Denver in August 2020 and worked to find housing for veterans in rural Colorado before joining Together With Veterans. Andrew enjoys collecting fountain pens and taking care of his two fish.


Punitha Subramaniam
Salt Lake City VAMC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Salt Lake City VAMC
Salt Lake City, UT

Email: Punitha.Subramaniam@utah.edu


Carly Rohs, MPH (she/her/hers)
Health Science Specialist
Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Carly.Rohs@va.gov
Phone: 720-202-3475


Jane Wood, RN, MSN, AGPCNP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Rocky Mountain MIRECC
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC
Aurora, CO

Email: Jane.Wood2@va.gov


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Last Updated 7 February 2022