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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 15 June 2018


Lindsey L. Monteith PhD
Lindsey L. MonteithTitle: Clinical/Research Psychologist
303-399-8020, extension 3199
Fellowship Training Faculty
Accepting Fellowship Applications for 2017-18
Dr. Monteith is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 2012. After completing a pre-doctoral internship in the Veterans Affairs (VA) Eastern Colorado Health Care System (ECHCS), Dr. Monteith joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. Her research examines the role of trauma in suicidal self-directed violence. She has conducted research examining the association between military sexual trauma with suicidal ideation and suicide attempts and identifying mechanisms by which military sexual assault and harassment influence risk for suicidal self-directed violence. She is particularly interested in ecological approaches for understanding trauma-related sequelae, suicidal self-directed violence, and patterns of help-seeking. Within this, her research focuses on elucidating interpersonal and institutional determinants of suicidal self-directed violence.
Dr. Monteith is a member of the MIRECC Suicide Prevention Consultation Service, the MIRECC postdoctoral fellowship training committee, and the VA ECHCS predoctoral psychology internship training faculty. She is available to supervise MIRECC fellows, psychology interns, and psychology practicum students. She co-leads the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Standardized Measures Administration in Research Training Team (SMARTT), which provides training on different measures for assessing mental health disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Dr. Monteith is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Year of Licensure: 2014
Clinical and Research Interests: Suicide risk assessment and prevention, military sexual trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, female Veterans, interpersonal risk and protective factors for suicide, help-seeking, stigma.
Statement about Research Program: My research focuses on understanding how different types of trauma that occur during military service (e.g., sexual assault, sexual harassment) influence risk for suicidal self-directed violence. Toward this end, my research examines potential mechanisms by which trauma exposure impacts suicide risk, with an emphasis on interpersonal and systemic risk factors (e.g., institutional betrayal). We recently collected qualitative data with Veterans who had experienced military sexual trauma and are collecting additional quantitative data with male and female Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma, with the goal of elucidating ways in which military sexual trauma relates to suicidal self-directed violence. The ultimate goal of this line of research is to identify risk and protective factors for suicide within this population, in order to strengthen population-specific suicide prevention efforts among Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma.
Available Project(s) for Fellows: Accepting fellowship applications for 2017-2018. Fellows could be involved in data collection and analysis for a project examining trauma-related sequelae, interpersonal outcomes, and suicidal self-directed violence among female and male Veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma. For more details, please contact Dr. Monteith. Fellows could also be involved in additional projects that are upcoming and/or pending based on grant funding.

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Media: Podcasts

RMIRECC Short Takes Podcast - Military Sexual Trauma and Suicide

22 February 2016

Join us for our second episode of RMIRECC Short Takes when we interview Dr. Lindsey Monteith about her two recent articles exploring military sexual trauma "Sexual Trauma and Combat During Deployment: Associations With Suicidal Ideation Among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans" and "A Closer Examination of Sexual Trauma During Deployment: Not all Sexual Traumas are Associated with Suicidal Ideation".

The podcast is approximately 20 minutes long.

Categories: Suicide Prevention; Clinicians; Military Sexual Trauma

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Recent Publications

Holliday, R., Holder, N., Monteith, L. L., Surís, A. (2018). Decreases in suicide cognitions after cognitive processing therapy among Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder due to military sexual trauma: A preliminary examination. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Published online ahead of print. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000840

Maguen, S., & Monteith, L.L. (2018). Research Seeks to Better Understand the Relationship between Combat-related Killing and Suicidal Ideation. HSR&D Forum.

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.

Blais RK, Monteith LL. Suicide Ideation in Female Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma: The Trauma Source Matters. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 Apr 20. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12464. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29676496.

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.

Dorsey Holliman, B., Monteith, L.L., Spitzer, E.G., & Brenner, L.A. (2018). Resiliency, cultural beliefs and practices that mitigate suicide risk among African American female veterans. SAGE Open. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/2158244017753506

Smith, N. B., Monteith, L. L., Rozek, D., & Meuret, A. E. (2017). Childhood Abuse, the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide, and the Mediating Role of Depression. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. doi:10.1111/sltb.12380 See this pub

Blais, R. K., Monteith, L., & Kugler, J. (2017). Sexual dysfunction is associated with suicidal ideation in female service members and veterans. Journal of Affective Disorders. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.079 Advance online publication.

Monteith, L.L. & Maguen, S. (2017). Combat-related killing and suicide through the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide. In B. Bongar, G. Sullivan, & L. James (Eds.), Handbook of Military and Veteran Suicide: Assessment, Treatment, & Prevention. Oxford University Press.

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

Monteith, L.L., Bahraini, N.B., Matarazzo, B.B., Soberay, K.A., & Smith, C.P. (2016). Perceptions of institutional betrayal predict suicidal self-directed violence among veterans exposed to military sexual trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(7), 743-755. doi:10.1002/jclp.22292

Smith, N.B., Mota, N., Tsai, J., Monteith, L.L., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Southwick, S., & Pietrzak, R. (2016). Nature and determinants of suicidal ideation among US Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 197, 66-73. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.069

Monteith, L.L., Bahraini, N.H., Matarazzo, B.B., Soberay, K.A., & Smith, C.P. (2016). Perceptions of institutional betrayal predict suicidal self-directed violence among veterans exposed to military sexual trauma. Journal of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1002/jclp.22292

Gutierrez, P. M., Pease, J. L. Matarazzo, B. M. Monteith, L. L., Hernandez, T. D., & Osman, A. (2016). Evaluating the psychometric properties of the Interpersonal Needs Questionnaire and the Acquired Capability for Suicide Scale in military veterans. Psychological Assessment. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/pas0000310

Smith, N.B., Mota, N., Tsai, J., Monteith, L.L., Harpaz-Rotem, I., Southwick, S., & Pietrzak, R. (2016). Nature and determinants of the longitudinal course of suicidal ideation among US Veterans: Results from the National Health and Resilience in Veterans Study. Journal of Affective Disorders. Advance online publication. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2016.02.069

Monteith, L.L., Menefee, D.S., Forster, J.E., & Bahraini, N.H. (2015). A closer examination of sexual trauma during deployment: Not all sexual traumas are associated with suicidal ideation. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/sltb.12171

Monteith, L.L., Menefee, D.S., Forster, J.E., Wanner, J., & Bahraini, N.H. (2015). Sexual trauma and combat during deployment: Associations with suicidal ideation among OEF/OIF/OND veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(4), 283-8. doi:10.1002/jts.22018

Monteith, L.L., Pease, J.L., Forster, J.E., Homaifar, B.Y., & Bahraini, N.H. (2015). Values as moderators of the association between interpersonal-psychological constructs and suicidal ideation among veterans. Archives of Suicide Research. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/13811118.2015.1004486

Pease, J.L., Monteith, L.L., Hostetter, T., Forster, J.E., & Bahraini, N.H. (2015). Military service and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in a national sample of college students. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 36(2), 117-125. doi:10.1027/0227-5910/a000300

Brenner, L.A., Bahraini, N. H., 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 and Rehabilitation, 96(8), 1411-1418. doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2015.04.010

Nazem, S., Lonnquist, E., Monteith, L.L., Brenner, L.A. Traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder as risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors. (2014). In K. Cannon & T. Hudzik (Eds), Suicide: Phenomenology and Neurobiology (pp. 101-123). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Monteith, L.L., Menefee, D.S., Pettit, J.W., Leopoulos, W.L., & Vincent, J.P. (2013). Examining the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide in an inpatient veteran sample. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43(4), 418-428. doi:10.1111/sltb.12027

Bahraini, N.H., Devore, M.D., Monteith, L.L., Harwood, J.E., Bensen, S., & Brenner, L.A. (2013). The role of value importance and success in understanding suicidal ideation among Veterans. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 2(1-2), 31-38. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2013.03.001

Monteith, L.L., & Pettit, J.W. (2011). Implicit and explicit stigmatizing attitudes and stereotypes about depression. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 30(5), 484-505. doi:10.1521/jscp.2011.30.5.484

Monteith, L.L., Green, K.L., Mathew, A.R., & Pettit, J.W. (2009). The interpersonal-psychological theory of suicidal behaviors as an explanation of suicide among war veterans. In L. Sher & A. Vilens (Eds.), War and Suicide (pp. 249-264). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.

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