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Study Team


Lindsey MonteithLindsey Monteith, PhD (Multiple Principal Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist
Department 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 this study 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.
Claire HoffmireClaire Hoffmire, PhD (Multiple Principal Investigator)
Department 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 by the potential for this research to inform suicide prevention strategies both within the VA and in the communities in which Veterans live.
Ryan HollidayRyan Holliday, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist
Department 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 be a part of this project, which will harness multiple approaches to understand how we can best prevent suicide among male and female Veterans within and outside the VA.
Nazanin BahrainiNazanin Bahraini, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist and Acting Director, Rocky Mountain MIRECC
Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

My research focuses on designing and testing strategies to improve and disseminate evidence-based practices in suicide prevention. I am interested in which types of interventions may be more effective in different health care settings. My research interests include developing quality metrics and clinical performance measures, implementing clinical practice guidelines and suicide risk screenings, and using social media to raise awareness of Veteran suicide prevention. My hope is that this study will help us reach all Veterans and improve their quality of life and well-being.
Lisa BrennerLisa Brenner, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Clinical Psychologist
Department 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 nationally. My research interests include traumatic brain injury and comorbid psychiatric disorders in relation to suicide risk. Providing high-quality, evidence-based care to Veterans is very important to me. I am excited to be a part of this national effort to collect important data that will be integral to improving suicide prevention programs for all Veterans.
Joseph LoganJoseph Logan, PhD (Co-Investigator)
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP)

I am an epidemiologist with the CDC DHAP. I began my career at CDC in 2006 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) officer and held previous positions of EIS supervisor, Board Member for the DoD’s Military Suicide Research Consortium, and acting Team Lead of the Prescription Drug Overdose Epidemiology and Surveillance Team. I have researched multiple areas of violence, including suicide among Veterans. I am excited to be part of this project that aims to improve our understanding of how we can improve health inequities faced in the U.S. Veteran population.
Caitlin ThompsonCaitlin Thompson, PhD (Consultant)
Vice President, Community Partnerships
Cohen Veterans Network

As Vice President of Community Partnerships at Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), I am responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners. I am also a licensed clinical psychologist, and I was most recently Executive Director of the VA’s Office of Suicide Prevention. Before that, I spent five years as the clinical care coordinator for the Veterans Crisis Line.
Alexandra SchneiderAlexandra Schneider, BA
Data Analyst
Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I have extensive experience working with large health care 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 this research team as I believe this project will gather important, novel data that can be used to help Veterans.
Eve CasianoEvelyn (Eve) Casiano, CPhT
Study Coordinator
Department 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 on this project with a passionate team that is committed to developing innovative strategies to meet the unique health care needs of our Veterans.
Rachel Warden
Communications Specialist
Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain MIRECC

I create communications materials, such as graphics, stories, photos, and videos that broadcast the research and clinical work of VA suicide prevention. My goal is to help all Veterans learn about and understand the many resources that are there for them.

Last Updated 31 January 2024