Perspectives of Female Veterans, VHA Providers, & Family on Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide - MIRECC / CoE
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Perspectives of Female Veterans, VHA Providers, & Family on Preventing Firearm-Inflicted Suicide

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Study Team

Lindsey MonteithLindsey Monteith, PhD (Principal Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

My research focuses on understanding how to prevent suicide among Veterans, including women Veterans and Veterans who have experienced trauma. To prevent suicide, I believe it is essential to understand Veterans’ experiences, perspectives, and preferences. As a psychologist, I also appreciate the need to ensure that interventions and clinical recommendations take providers’ perspectives and experiences into account. Finally, I believe that family members can play a crucial role in suicide prevention. Thus, I am excited about this unique opportunity to hear from women Veterans, their partners, and VHA providers to obtain information critical to prevent suicide among women Veterans.
Ryan HollidayRyan Holliday, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am committed to improving understanding of the intersection of trauma and life stressors on Veterans’ mental health. My research seeks to understand how we, as health care providers and a health care system, can provide the best evidence-based care to Veterans who have experienced trauma and stressors throughout their lives. I am excited to be a part of this project, which will harness multiple perspectives to understand how we can best prevent suicide among women Veterans.
Joseph SimonettiJoseph Simonetti, MD MPH (Co-Investigator)
Clinician Investigator
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

My research focuses on reducing the burden of intentional and unintentional firearm injuries nationally. I hope to use my expertise in firearm injury prevention to develop strategies to mitigate the high burden of suicide, particularly firearm-related suicide, among Veterans. My current focus is on developing Veteran-centered approaches to facilitate lethal means safety as a suicide prevention strategy.
Lisa BrennerLisa Brenner, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist and Rocky Mountain MIRECC Director
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I have over 20 years of experience working with Veterans and have been a champion of numerous VA efforts to prevent suicide among Veterans. Providing high-quality, evidence-based care and resources to Veterans and their loved ones is very important to me. I am excited to be a part of this effort to collect important data that will be integral to strengthening firearm-related suicide prevention for women Veterans.
Suzie Thomas (No Image) Suzie Thomas, MA 
Study 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. I look forward to hearing various perspectives on lethal means safety and, with this crucial research, hope to provide helpful and effective resources for women Veteran suicide prevention.
Christin MillerChristin Miller, MPH
Data Analyst
US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I am a data analyst with a background in epidemiology and global health. I am excited to work with this study team to explore how to best serve women Veterans and reduce suicidal behavior using firearms.

Last Updated 17 June 2021