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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Nazanin Bahraini PhD

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 6 December 2018


Nazanin H. BahrainiNazanin H. Bahraini PhD
Title: Director of Education
Clinical/Research Psychologist
Fellowship Training Faculty
Biography: Dr. Nazanin H. Bahraini obtained a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in summer, 2008. Following completion of a Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Denver VA Medical Center Eastern Colorado Health Services Center, and a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness, Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Dr. Bahraini became a licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado.
Dr. Bahraini joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC team as a full Research, Clinical Psychologist in 2010. Her many contributions encompass: investigatory research (Principal Investigator and Co-PI for multiple projects), consulting (expert input for mental health and medical providers on Veteran’s issues), and assessment (psychological and neuropsychological screening for a diverse Veteran population). Additionally, Dr. Bahraini supplies training opportunities for new professionals, such as clinical supervision and other activities facilitating growth of Post Doctoral Fellows, Psychology interns, etc. She is equally active in other educational activities, including the dissemination of suicide prevention resources, educational products and evidence-based practices to Veterans, providers, and the community. Finally, Dr. Bahraini shares her experience through a local academic appointment, as Assistant Professor at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry as well as the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
Year of Licensure: 2010
Clinical and Research Interests: Rehabilitation and recovery of Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and psychiatric comorbidity; clinical outcomes research in traumatic brain injury; dissemination and implementation of suicide prevention interventions and clinical practice guidelines
Statement about Research Program: My primary area of research is broadly focused on rehabilitation and recovery of Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury and co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder. Both of these conditions, which are associated with increased risk of suicide, are highly prevalent in returning Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan; yet research focused on understanding the interplay of these two conditions, their impact on functioning and diagnostic and treatment considerations when both conditions are present is limited. My specific program of research is focused on: 1) assessment of mental and neuropsychological alterations associated with PTSD and mTBI and their impact on coping and recovery; 2) psychometric analysis and validation of patient reported outcomes for mTBI rehabilitation and 3) implementation and dissemination of best practices – clinical and community based - to promote recovery and prevent adverse outcomes following TBI

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Recent Publications

Barnes SM, Monteith LL, Forster JE, Nazem S, Borges LM, Stearns-Yoder KA, Bahraini NH. Developing Predictive Models to Enhance Clinician Prediction of Suicide Attempts Among Veterans With and Without PTSD. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 Sep 11. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12511. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30206955.

Mohatt NV, Billera M, Demers N, Monteith LL, Bahraini NH. A menu of options: Resources for preventing veteran suicide in rural communities. Psychol Serv. 2018 Aug;15(3):262-269. doi: 10.1037/ser0000203. PubMed PMID: 30080083.

Monteith, L. L., Bahraini, N. H., Gerber, H. R., Dorsey Holliman, B., Schneider, A. L., Holliday, R., & Matarazzo, B. B. (2018). Military sexual trauma survivors’ perceptions of veterans health administration care: A qualitative examination. Psychological Services. Advance online publication.

Monteith, L. L., Gerber, H. R., Brownstone, L. M., Soberay, K. A., & Bahraini, N. H. (2018). The phenomenology of military sexual trauma among male veterans. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. Advance online publication.

Monteith, L. L., Brownstone, L. M., Gerber, H. R., Soberay, K. A., & Bahraini, N. B. (2018). Understanding suicidal self-directed violence among men exposed to military sexual trauma: An ecological framework. Psychology of Men and Masculinity.

Bahraini, N.H., Monteith, L.L., Gerber, H.R., Forster, J.E., Hostetter, T.A., & Brenner, L.A. (2017). The Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Perceptions of Deployment-Related Injury in Veterans With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1097/HTR.0000000000000307.

Monteith, L.L., Bahraini, N.H., & Menefee, D.S. (2017). Perceived burdensomeness, thwarted belongingness, and fearlessness about death: Associations with suicidal ideation among female veterans exposed to military sexual trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jclp.22462

Monteith, L.L., Bahraini, N.B., Matarazzo, B.B., Gerber, H., Soberay, K.A., & Forster, J.E. (2016). The Influence of Gender on Suicidal Ideation following Military Sexual Trauma among Veterans in the Veterans Health Administration. Psychiatry Research, July, doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2016.07.036

Barnes, S. M., Bahraini, N. H., Forster, J. E., Stearns-Yoder, K. A., Hostetter, T. A., Smith, G., Nagamoto, H. T. and Nock, M. K. (2016), Moving Beyond Self-Report: Implicit Associations about Death/Life Prospectively Predict Suicidal Behavior among Veterans. Suicide and Life-Threat Behavi. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12265

Brenner, L.A., Betthauser, L.M., Bahraini, N., Lusk, J.L., Terrio, H., Scher, A., Schwab, K. (2015). Soldiers Returning From Deployment: A Qualitative Study Regarding Exposure, Coping, and Reintegration. Rehabilitation Psychology. [Epub ahead of print]

Brenner, L.A., Bahraini, N., Homaifar, B.Y., Monteith, L.L., Nagamoto, H., Dorsey-Holliman, B., Forster, J.E. (2015). Executive Functioning and Suicidal Behavior among Veterans with and without a History of Traumatic Brain Injury. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation. [Epub ahead of print]

Miller RS, Weaver LK, Bahraini N, Churchill S, Price RC, Skiba V, Caviness J, Mooney S, Hetzell B, Liu J, Deru K, Ricciardi R, Fracisco S, Close NC, Surrett GW, Bartos C, Ryan M, Brenner LA. Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen on Symptoms and Quality of Life Among Service Members With Persistent Postconcussion Symptoms: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med, 2015; 175; 43-52.

Bahraini NH, Breshears RE, Hernández TD, Schneider AL, Forster JE, Brenner LA. Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2014 Mar;37(1):55-75.

Bahraini NH, Devore MD, Monteith LL, Forster JE, Benseng S, Brenner LA. (2013). The role of value importance and success in understanding suicidal ideation among Veterans. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Volume 2, Issues 1–2, 15 April 2013, Pages 31–38

Bahraini N, Simpson GK, Brenner LA, Hoffberg AS, Schneider AL. (2013) Suicidal Ideation and Behaviours after Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review. Brain Impairment / FirstView Article, pp 1-21.

Brenner, L. A., Hoffberg, A. S., Shura, R. D., Bahraini, N., & Wortzel, H. S. (2013). Interventions for mood-related issues post traumatic brain injury: Novel treatments and ongoing limitations of current research. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, September 2013, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp 143-150

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Rocky Mountain Short Takes on VA Suicide Prevention Getting the Word out about Suicide Prevention

24 August 2016

Dr. Nazanin Bahraini, Director of Education for the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention discusses VA Suicide Prevention research and how we make that research accessible for clinicians and Veterans. Nasi talks about the movement in VA Suicide Prevention research from her days as a psychology fellow where the research focused on down-river approaches to today where there the approaches run a wider range from community to environmental. She touches on the future, VA Suicide Prevention month and the 22 Pushup Challenge (have you done challenge yet!).

Supporting material:

The podcast is approximately 25 minutes long.

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Categories: Suicide Prevention, Microbiome

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Influence of PTSD on Perceptions of Injury
VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (VA RR&D)
Principal Investigator
Executive Dysfunction in Psychiatric Inpatients and Outpatients
VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (VA RR&D)
Examining the Internal Construct Validity of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory Using Rasch Model Analysis
U.S. Army Office of the Surgeon General
Principal Investigator
A Novel Approach to Identifying Behavioral and Neural Markers of Active Suicidal Ideation: Effects of Cognitive and Emotional Stress on Working Memory in OEF/OIF/OND Veterans
Military Research Suicide Consortium
Role: Co- Investigator
Suicide Prevention for Rural Veterans: A Community Based Approach
VA Office of Rural Health (ORH)
Role: Principal Investigator
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