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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention - ASPIRE Team

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ASPIRE Leadership

Claire Hoffmire

Claire Hoffmire, PhD
Epidemiologist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

My research aims to inform evidence-based Veteran suicide prevention programs for all Veterans, within and outside the VA, and to better understand gender differences in Veteran suicide risk to inform gender-sensitive prevention strategies. I believe it is critical that we consider diverse Veteran perspectives in research aiming to improve Veteran suicide prevention. I am excited to co-lead the ASPIRE lab in research that may inform suicide prevention strategies both within the VA and in the communities in which Veterans live.


Ryan Holliday

Ryan Holliday, PhD
Clinical Research Psychologist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am dedicated to improving our understanding of the intersection of trauma and life stressors, such as homelessness and justice involvement, on Veterans’ mental health. My research seeks to understand how we, as a health care system, can provide the best evidence-based care to Veterans who have experienced these occurrences throughout their lives. I am excited to co-lead the ASPIRE lab, which harnesses multiple approaches to understand how we can best prevent suicide among Veterans within and outside the VA.


Lindsey Monteith

Lindsey Monteith, PhD
Clinical Research Psychologist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

My research focuses on understanding how to prevent Veteran suicide, especially among women Veterans, trauma survivors, and Veterans who do not use VHA care. I believe it is critical to obtain Veterans’ perspectives and understand their experiences and preferences when developing suicide prevention initiatives. I am honored to co-lead the ASPIRE lab and look forward to learning from the Veterans we survey and interview to understand how we can prevent suicide among Veterans who have less commonly been included in previous suicide prevention research.


ASPIRE Research Staff

Eve Casiano

Evelyn (Eve) Casiano, CPhT
Study Coordinator
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

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.


Laurel Gaeddert

Laurel Gaeddert, BS
Health Science Specialist & Website Coordinator
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I have been a research coordinator at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC since 2017. I have managed a variety of research studies both in the MIRECC and previously at my alma mater, the University of Denver. In addition to my work in the MIRECC, I am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in data science at Regis University. I am thrilled to be a part of this research team. I hope that ASPIRE lab work may give voice to Veterans who may have been previously underrepresented in research so that we can better meet all Veterans’ medical and mental health care needs.


Christe'An Iglesias

Christe'An Iglesias, MA
Health Science Specialist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am a research coordinator at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran suicide prevention with a background in psychology from San Diego State University and the University of Denver. I am passionate about understanding how to better serve underrepresented identities within the Veteran community. I hope to constantly learn from my peers and through veterans’ perspectives. I am honored to work alongside the rest of the ASPIRE team.


Carly Rohs

Carly Rohs, MPH
Health Science Specialist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I have been with the VA since 2018, as a project coordinator and primarily as a qualitative analyst. My projects’ topics ranged from patient decision making to increasing the communication between the VA and non-VA healthcare entities. I recently joined the MIRECC, and the wonderful ASPIRE Lab team, and am working on projects that inform suicide prevention and education, mostly for women Veterans and underrepresented Veterans. I obtained my Masters in Public Health from Boston University, specializing in Epidemiology and Maternal and Child Health. I am excited to bring my interest of merging big data with qualitative data to better inform studies and health programs. Lastly, I am honored to be a part of the ASPIRE team, investigating how to better meet Veterans’ mental health needs.


Alexandra Schneider

Alexandra Schneider, BA
Data Analyst
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I have extensive experience working with large healthcare administrative databases and survey research data. This has given me a unique understanding of data sources and how they can be utilized to understand and improve health outcomes. I am also a passionate advocate for ensuring adherence to best practices for data storage and security. I am excited to be part of the ASPIRE lab as we gather important, novel data that can be used to help Veterans.


Suzanne Thomas

Suzanne Thomas, MA
Project Coordinator
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am a research project coordinator with a background in psychology. I have worked in VA suicide prevention research for 4 years and am honored to be able to serve our Veterans. With the ASPIRE lab's crucial research, I hope to provide helpful and effective resources for Veteran suicide prevention.


Evan Polzer, MA
Health Science Specialist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am a trained social scientist whose research focuses on ways to improve care for Veterans and prevent suicide. My expertise is in qualitative data, learning from and listening to the experiences and lived histories of Veterans in order to develop new ways to foster lethal means safety as a suicide prevention strategy and reduce firearm suicide. I am honored to be an advocate for Veterans and provide a platform for their voices to be heard.


Julie Kittel-Moseley, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I completed my Ph.D. in Epidemiology at the University of Rochester and joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a Postdoctoral Fellow in January 2022. My 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. I bring my interest in the intersection of physical and mental health and how this informs upstream suicide prevention efforts to my work with the ASPIRE lab.


Theresa Morano, MA
Health Science Specialist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC


Last Updated 10 June 2022