I’m a board-certified clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive-behavioral treatments for individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As a military veteran myself (I deployed to Iraq in 2009), I have expertise working with military personnel, veterans and first responders. My military service has had a significant impact on my clinical work and research focus, shaping the questions I ask as a scientist and my understanding of the stresses and problems that my patients experience. Working in mental health has allowed me to help people find and create meaning and purpose in their lives.
At Ohio State, I’m the director of the Division of Recovery and Resilience as well as director of our trauma and suicide prevention programs. I often teach and supervise medical and graduate students in state-of-the-art methods such as mine.
Working here gives me the opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s leading researchers and clinicians to identify innovative ways to change lives. I’m currently working on a research study to help military veterans dealing with mental health issues. In collaboration with my colleagues, I’ve developed and demonstrated the effectiveness of brief cognitive behavioral therapy (BCBT) for suicidal military personnel. Results of our randomized clinical trial indicated the treatment reduced suicide attempts by 60% as compared to traditional treatment. More recently, we completed a second randomized clinical trial showing that crisis response planning, a key component of BCBT, significantly reduced suicide attempts by 76% among military personnel as a stand-alone emergency intervention.
When I’m not at work, I enjoy running, visiting microbreweries and spending time with friends.
- Edwin S. Shneidman Award, American Association of Suicidology, 2016
- Peter J.N. Linnerooth National Service Award, American Psychological Association, 2013
- More than 200 peer-reviewed scientific studies