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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, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Clinical Psychologist, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania
Diversity Search Advisor, University of Pennsylvania
Executive Committee Member, Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Penn, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
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, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1988-1989.
Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 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. He currently serves on scientific advisory boards for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Cohen Veterans Network.

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

Beidas, R. Jager-Hyman, S., Becker-Haimes, E., Wolk, C., Ahmedani, B., Zeber, J., Fein, J., Brown, G., Gregor, C., Lieberman, A., & Marcus, S.: Acceptability and use of evidence-based practices for firearm storage in pediatric primary care. Academic Pediatrics 19(6): 670-676, Aug 2019.

Adler, A., Jager-Hyman, S., Brown, G.K., Chaudhury, S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., & Stanley, B.S.: A qualitative investigation of barriers to seeking treatment for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in service members with a deployment history. Archives of Suicide Research Page: 1-18, July 2019 Notes: online publication.

Karlin B., Brown, G.K., Jager-Hyman, S., Green, K.L., Wong, M., Lee, D.S., Bertagnolli, A., & Brumder Ross, T. : Dissemination and implementation of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression in the Kaiser Permanente Health Care System: Evaluation of initial training and clinical outcomes. Behavior Therapy 50(2): 446-458, March 2019.

Stewart, K.L., Darling, E.V., Yen, S., Stanley, B., Brown, G.K., & Weinstock, L.M.: Dissemination of the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) to university counseling center clinicians to reduce suicide risk among college students. Archives of Suicide Research Page: 1-11, Jan 2019.

Jager-Hyman, S., Wolk, C.B., Ahmedani, B.K., Zeber, J.E., Fein, J.A., Brown, G.K., … Beidas, R.S.: Perspectives from firearm stakeholders on firearm safety promotion in pediatric primary care as a suicide prevention strategy: A qualitative study. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 42(4): 691-701, 2019.

O’Connor, R.C., Lundy, J., Stewart, C., Smillie, S., McClelland, H., Syrett, S., Gavigan, M., McConnachie, A., Smith, M., Smith, D.K., Brown, G.K., Stanley, B., & Simpson, S.A.: SAFETEL randomised controlled feasibility trial of a safety planning intervention with follow-up telephone contact to reduce suicidal behaviour: study protocol. BMJ Open 9(2): e025591, 2019.

Wolk, B.C., Van Pelt, A.E., Jager-Hyman, S., Ahmedani B.K., Zeber J.E, Fein, J.A, Brown, G.K., Gregor, C.A., Lieberman, A., & Beidas, R.S.: Stakeholder perspectives on implementing a firearm safety intervention in pediatric primary care as a universal suicide prevention strategy: A qualitative study. JAMA Network Open 1(7): e185309, Nov 2018.

Matarazzo, B.B., Brown, G.K., Stanley, B., Forster, J.E., Billera, M., Currier, G.W., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., & Brenner, L.A.: Predictive validity of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale among a cohort of at-risk Veterans. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior Page: epub, Oct 2018.

Stanley, B., Brown, G.K., Brenner, L.A., Galfalvy, H.C., Currier, G.W., Knox, K.L, Chaudhury, S.R., Bush, A.L., & Green, K.L.: Comparison of the Safety Planning Intervention with follow-up vs usual care of suicidal patients treated in the emergency department. JAMA Psychiatry 75(9): 894-900, Sep 2018.

Stanley, B., Currier, G.W., Chesin, M., Chaudhury, S., Jager-Hyman, S., Gafalvy, H, & Brown, G.K.: Suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury in emergency departments underestimated by administrative claims data. The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention 39(5): 318-325, Sep 2018.

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