Current Research Projects

Safety Planning Intervention to Reduce Short Term Risk: Funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, this is a multi-site study to compare the Safety Planning Intervention with usual care received in acute care settings such as the Emergency Department or inpatient psychiatric unit of a hospital. In collaboration with Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. at Columbia University and Edwin D. Boudreaux, Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts Worcester, we are studying the efficacy of the Safety Planning Intervention for suicidal behaviors and thoughts, encouraging patients to engage in mental health and substance abuse treatment programs, and limiting access to potential lethal methods for suicide.

Zero Suicide Implementation and Evaluation in Outpatient Mental Health Clinics: Drs. Brown and Green serve as Co-Investigators on this NIMH-funded study led by Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator) at Columbia University. This study represents the largest implementation and evaluation of the Zero Suicide approach ever conducted. The primary aims of this project are to evaluate the effectiveness of Zero Suicide strategies in 145 New York State outpatient behavioral health clinics and to examine the effectiveness of implementation strategies on adoption and sustainability of the Zero Suicide model.

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