MIRECC / CoE
Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Christina Wade, LCSW
Updated: 27 April 2020
- Christina Wade, LCSW
- Title: Senior Program Analyst
- Biography: Christina Wade was a Dean’s List collegiate athlete at Regis University in Denver, CO and received a BS in Psychology. She went on to earn an MSW from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 while working concurrently as the Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Social Work Research. Christina began her career at the University of California, San Diego, shortly after earning her Master’s degree. In this capacity, she worked as the Senior Clinical Social Worker for quality management and pre-release services in various California State Prisons. In 2010, she accepted a position working directly for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), specifically San Quentin State Prison. She worked a total of 6 years in the California Penal System. While employed at San Quentin, she passed her California board exams and earned her LCSW.
In 2012, Christina transitioned to the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System. She was hired as the forensic expert for Addiction Treatment Services and worked with Veterans suffering from addiction, PTSD and mood disorders. During this time, she earned certification in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), making her an expert in the techniques of Motivational Interviewing. Christina was offered further advancement in 2014 and moved back to the University of California – now based out of San Francisco General Hospital. She was the Clinical Supervisor for an intensive case management program working with clientele who were high utilizers of emergency services, many whom were medically fragile, addicted to substances, justice involved and chronically homeless.
A blended experience of data systems, statistical analysis, direct clinical practice, and process improvement, Christina is now focused on turning raw data into meaningful, patient-centered care. Most recently, she worked as the East Bay Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the VA Northern California Healthcare System and was detailed to the Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Prior to being named as Senior Program Analyst to the Rocky Mountain MIRECC, she spearheaded the development of data mining tools related to aggregate trends in suicidal behaviors with the Data and Surveillance team (OMHSP).