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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
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, 1988-1990.
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

Thase, M.E., McCrone, P., Marrett, M.S., Eells, T.D., Wisniewski, S.R., Balasubramani, G.K., Brown, G.K., & Wright, J.E.: Cost-effectiveness and access to cognitive behavior therapy for depression: Providing remote-ready, computer-assisted psychotherapy in times of crisis and beyond. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics Page: 1-7, May 2020.

Labouliere, C.D., Vasan, P., Green, K., Brown, G., Leckman-Westin, E., Kammer, J., Rahman, M., Layman, D., Cummings, A., Galfalvy, H., Finnerty, M., & Stanley, B. : What factors affect the successful implementation of the “Zero Suicide” model? Symposium presented at: The Annual Conference of the American Association for Suicidology, Portland, OR April 2020.

Johnson, J. E., Jones, R., Miller, T., Miller, I., Stanley, B., Brown, G., Arias, S. A., Cerbo, L., Rexroth, J., Fitting, H., Russell, D., Kubiak, S., Stein, M., Matkovic, C., Yen, S., Gaudiano, B., & Weinstock, L. M.: Study protocol: A randomized controlled trial of suicide risk reduction in the year following jail release (the SPIRIT Trial). Contemporary Clinical Trials 94(106003), April 2020.

Baryshnikov, I., Rosentrom, T., Jylha, P., Vuorilehto, M., Holma, M., Holma, I. Riihimaki, K., Brown, G., Oquendo, M.A., & Isometsa, E.T.: Role of hopelessness in suicidal ideation among patients with depressive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 81(2), Feb 2020.

Goodman, M., Brown, G.K., Galfalvy, H.C., Spears, A.P., Sullivan, S.R., Kapil-Pair, K.N., Jager-Hyman, S., Dixon, L., Thase, M.E., & Stanley, B.: Group ("Project Life Force") versus individual suicide safety planning: A randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications 17(100520), Jan 2020.

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 24(Sup 1): 75-85, 2020.

Vargas, I., Perlis, M.L., Grandner, M., Gencarelli, A., Khader, W., Zandberg, L.J., Klingaman, E.A., Goldschmied, J.R., Gehrman, P.R., Brown, G.K., & Thase, M.E.: Insomnia symptoms and suicide-related ideation in U.S. Army Service Members. Behavioral Sleep Medicine 18: 1-17, Nov 2019.

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 49(5): 1255-1265, Oct 2019.

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.

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