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Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Director, Penn Center for the Prevention of Suicide, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Clinical Psychologist, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Diversity Search Advisor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Co-Director, Penn Innovation in Suicide Prevention Implementation Research (INSPIRE) Center, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Department: Psychiatry

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Department of Psychiatry
Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Room 3039
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309
Office: 215-898-4104
B.S. (Psychology)
Denison University , 1981.
M.S. (Clinical Psychology)
University of Bridgeport , 1983.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Vanderbilt University, 1987.
Post-Graduate Training
Clinical Psychology Intern , Vanderbilt-Veterans Administration Consortium in Professional Psychology, Nashville, TN, 1986-1987.
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Cognitive Therapy, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1988-1990.
Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA , 1991-1999.
Founding Fellow, Certified CBT Trainer Consultant, Certified CBT Therapist, Academy of Cognitive Therapy, 1996.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Brown is an internationally renowned expert in suicide prevention whose work has led to transformational advances in the treatment of suicidal individuals. His research aims to develop and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative, targeted interventions designed to reduce vulnerability factors associated with suicide behavior in high risk populations and to examine and improve the implementation of evidence-based treatments into “real world” settings to prevent suicide.

Specifically, Dr. Brown is the developer, along with his colleagues, of two clinical interventions for individuals at risk for suicide including the Safety Planning Intervention and Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention. The Safety Planning Intervention is an evidence-based, brief suicide prevention strategy that has been used in research and widely disseminated in health care settings, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). He also developed of one of the few existing evidence-based psychotherapy interventions, Cognitive Therapy for Suicide Prevention, which has been shown to prevent suicide attempts among individuals at high risk for suicide.

Dr. Brown is the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator on research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Defense. He is the author of numerous scientific publications in the area of suicide prevention and he has received several awards for his contributions to the science of suicide prevention, including the Morselli Medal from the International Academy for Suicide Research for outstanding and enduring achievements in the science and art of suicide prevention.

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Brown provides clinical training for clinicians in suicide assessment and risk management, cognitive behavior therapy for depression and suicide prevention.

Selected Publications

Brown, G.K., Wolk, C.B., Green, K.L., Nezir, F., Mowery, D.L., Gallop, R., Reilly, M.E., Stanley, B., Mandell, D.S., Oquendo, M.A., & Jager-Hyman, S.: Safety planning intervention and follow-up: A telehealth service model for suicidal individuals in emergency department settings: Study design and protocol. Contemporary Clinical Trials 140: 107492, May 2024 Notes: doi:10.1016/j.cct.2024.107492.

Chitavi, S.O., Patrianakos, J., Williams, S.C., Schmaltz, S.P., Ahmedani, B.K., Roaten, K., Boudreaux, E.D., & Brown, G.K.: Evaluating the prevalence of four recommended practices for suicide prevention following hospital discharge. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety Feb 2024 Notes: doi:10.1016/j.jcjq.2024.02.007.

Brown, G.K., Batdorf, W., Dedert, E., Kumpula, M.J., Day, K., Stanley, B., & Crowe, C.: National implementation of advanced training in the safety planning intervention in the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system. Psychological Services 2024 Notes: In press.

Arias, S.A., Sperber, K., Jones, R., Taxman, F.S., Miller, T.R., Zylberfuden, S., Weinstock, L.M., Brown, G.K., Ahmedani, B., & Johnson, J.E.: Managed care updates of subscriber jail release to prompt community suicide prevention: Clinical trial protocol. BMC Health Services Research 23(1): 1265, Nov 2023 Notes: doi:10.21203/

Adrian, M., McCauley, E., Gallop, R., Stevens, J., Jobes, D., Crumlish, J., Stanley, B., Brown, G.K., Green, K.L., Hughes, J.L., & Bridge, J.A.: Advancing Suicide Intervention Strategies for Teens (ASSIST): Study protocol for a multisite randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open(e074116), 1-9, Nov 2023 Notes: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2023-074116.

Becker-Haimes, E.M., Brady, M., Jamison, J., Jager-Hyman, S., Reilly, M.E., Patel, E., Brown, G.K., Mandell, D.S., & Oquendo, M.A.: An exposure-based implementation strategy to decrease clinician anxiety about implementing suicide prevention evidence-based practices: Protocol for development and pilot testing (Project CALMER). Implementation Science Communications 4(148), Nov 2023 Notes: doi:10.1186/s43058-023-00530-3.

Green, K., Brown, G.K., Khazanov, G., Bilker, W., & Jager-Hyman, S.: A randomized controlled trial of cognitive therapy for suicide prevention adapted for suicidal older men. Symposium presented at: The International Academy for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Research Summit, Barcelona, Spain Oct 2023.

Owen, J.E., Taylor, K., McGee-Vincent, P., Ramsey, K.M., Juhasz, K., Jamison, A., Senti, S., Heinz, A., Becket-Davenport, C., Bosch, J., Thelemaque, T., Marshall, Z., Mostovoy, K., Mackintosh, M., Davis, C.A., Brown, G.K., Stanley, B., & Kearney, L.: Safety Plan [Mobile application software] Retrieved from [US Department of Veterans Affairs] Oct 2023.

Wolk, C., Davis, M., Becker-Haimes, E., Jager-Hyman, S., Beidas, R., Brown, G.K., Green, K., Young, J., Mautone, J, & Buttenheim, A.: Barriers and facilitators to evidence-based suicide prevention practices among emergency medicine, primary care, and specialty mental health clinicians. Symposium presented at: The International Academy for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Research Summit, Barcelona, Spain Oct 2023.

Monahan, M., Labouliere, C., Brodsky, B., Green, K., Brown, G.K., Itzhaky, L., & Stanley, B.: The acceptability of training peer specialists in the Safety Planning Intervention. Poster presented at: The International Academy for Suicide Prevention, Suicide Research Summit, Barcelona, Spain Oct 2023.

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