Projects

Uniformed Services University

Projects

Since 2006, we have engaged in a number of activities to advance the psychological care provided to suicidal individuals. A listing of these activities is provided below. 

TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT AND RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS (RCT) FOR THE PREVENTION OF SUICIDE

RCT 1: Inpatient Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) for the Prevention of Suicide Attempts
Funding Source: Brain & Behavior Research Foundation
(Formerly Known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression - NARSAD)
Implementation Site: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Inpatient Psychiatry)

RCT 2: Pilot Trial of Inpatient Cognitive Therapy for the Prevention of Suicide in Military Personnel with Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Funding Source: Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP)
Implementation Site: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Inpatient Psychiatry)

RCT 3: A Brief Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Military Service Members and Veterans
Funding Source: Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP)
DoD Implementation Site for SafeMil: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Inpatient Psychiatry)
VA Implementation Sites: SafeVet [Denver, Manhattan, Philadelphia, Portland]; Control [Bronx, Long Beach, Milwaukee, San Diego] (Emergency Departments)

RCT 4: Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) for the Inpatient Treatment of Military Personnel with Suicidal Behaviors: A Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial
Funding Source: United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Implementation Sites: (1) Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; (2) Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; (3) Washington DC VA (Inpatient Psychiatry)

RCT 5: Efficacy of Cognitive Behavioral Strategies as Delivered by United States Navy Chaplains for the Prevention of Suicide: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Chaplains-CARE Program
Funding Source: United States Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)
Implementation Sites: To Be Determined; Navy Installations


DISSEMINATION OF EVIDENCE-INFORMED SUICIDE PREVENTION (EI-SP) PRACTICES

EI-SP 1: Air Force Guide for Managing Suicidal Behaviors
Funding Source: United States Air Force Medical Operations Agency

EI-SP 2: Management of Suicide Related Events during Deployment
Funding Source: United States Army, W3, Suicide Prevention in Combat Environment

EI-SP3: Special Operations Forces (SOF) Suicide Prevention Workbook for Chaplains
Funding Source: United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF) 


INTERNATIONAL EFFORTS ON SUICIDE PREVENTION: NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION (NATO) HUMAN FACTORS AND MEDICINE (HFM), RESEARCH TASK GROUP (RTG), MILITARY SUICIDE (HFM-RTG-218)

NATO 1: Military Suicide

Sponsor: NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO), Human Factors and Medicine
Nations Represented: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia, United Kingdom, United States

NATO 2: Military Suicide Prevention

Sponsor: NATO Science and Technology Organization (STO), Human Factors and Medicine
Dates: April 3-5, 2017 - Latvia


RECORDS’ REVIEW (RR) STUDIES TO INFORM TREATMENT DEVELOPMENT

RR 1: Review of Air Force Suicide Death Investigation Files
Funding Source: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

RR 2: Retrospective Chart Review of Suicide Ideation and Attempt Admissions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (2001-2006)
Funding Source: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

RR 3: Behavioral Healthcare Utilization and Career-Related Impact: Reducing Stigma and Barriers to Care among United States Air Force Personnel
Funding Source: United States Air Force Medical Operations Agency

RR 4: Behavioral Healthcare Utilization and Career-Related Impact: Reducing Stigma and Barriers to Care among United States Marine Corps Personnel
Funding Source: United States Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program
 

RR5: DoD-Wide Suicide Case Reviews: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Military Suicide Prevention
Funding Source: United States Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)


SUICIDE POSTVENTION (SP)

SP 1: Military Survivors' Views on Suicide-Related Stressors and Potential Missed Opportunities for Prevention
Funding Source: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

SP 2: Lessons Learned from United States Navy Service Members Following a Suicide Attempt
Funding Source: United States Navy Personnel Command, USN Suicide Prevention Program

SP 3: Psychological Well-Being of Unit Members Post Military Suicide
Funding Source: United States Navy Personnel Command, USN Suicide Prevention Program


SUICIDE PREVENTION, PROGRAM EVALUATION (PE) STUDIES

PE 1: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: A Program Evaluation Study
Funding Source: United States Navy Personnel Command

PE 2: Never Leave a Marine Behind: a Program Evaluation
Funding Source: Headquarters United States Marine Corps


UNIVERSAL SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM (U-SP) DEVELOPMENT AND CLUSTER RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL STUDIES

U-SP 1: Building Mastery of Rational-Thinking and Emotional-Regulation through Problem Solving (REPS) during Military Basic Training
Funding Source: United States Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)

U-SP 2: Cognitive Flexibility Tactics: Enhancing Rational and Adaptive Thinking, Social Problem Solving, and Overall Mental Fitness among Special Operations Forces and Families
Funding Source: United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), Preservation of the Force and Family (POTFF)