UE to Bring Nationally Known Suicide Researcher Craig Bryan to Evansville

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016

Craig Bryan, prominent suicide researcher and leading national expert on military suicide, will be speaking and leading a workshop for clinicians at the University of Evansville on Thursday, November 10. His visit to UE’s campus is being hosted by the Office of Veterans Affairs at the University. Bryan is a 2001 graduate of UE.

Bryan researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency. His techniques have been utilized by the US military. Currently Bryan serves as executive director for the National Center for Veterans Studies.

Highly sought after as a media source, Bryan has been frequently interviewed by such entities as the New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, Fox News, CNN, and Frontline.

The schedule of Bryan’s visit to UE’s campus on November 10 is as follows:

Interventions for Managing Suicide Risk through Crisis Response Planning
8:00-11:00 a.m. in Eykamp Hall, Ridgway University Center

This free workshop led by Bryan for area clinicians will utilize crisis response planning, a technique for managing suicide risk. Clinicians wishing to attend should contact CL29@evansville.edu or 812-488-2141. Deadline to register is November 1. This workshop is being co-sponsored by the VA Evansville Health Care Center, Deaconess Cross Pointe, St. Mary’s Behavioral Health, and Brentwood Meadows.

Helping Others Hold On

6:00-7:00 p.m. in Room 170, Schroeder School of Business Building

No reservations are needed to attend this free, public presentation by Bryan on understanding the warning signs of suicide, interventions, and what can be done to help. While this lecture will be of interest to the general public, it will be especially informative for family members and friends of individuals at risk for suicide.

Bryan is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, He earned his PsyD and MS degrees in clinical psychology from Baylor University, and his BS degree in psychology from UE.

In 2009, Bryan deployed to Iraq, where he was director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. He later separated from Air Force active duty service. Bryan currently manages numerous federally-funded projects in excess of $10 million, which include testing cognitive behavioral treatments for suicidal service members, He is lead risk management consultant for the $25 million STRONG STAR Research Consortium investigating treatments for combat-related PTSD among military personnel.

Bryan is on the board of directors of the American Association for Suicidology. He is a consultant to the Department of Defense for psychological health promotion initiatives and suicide prevention, where he has briefed Congressional leaders on these topics.

He provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients. Bryan has written dozens of scientific publications and book chapters, and has authored many books, including Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts: A Guide to Brief Treatments Across Clinical Settings, and The Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members: A Guide for the Non-Military Mental Health Clinician.

For his contributions to primary care behavioral health and military suicide prevention, Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement.

For more information, call 812-488-2141 or e-mail CL29@evansville.edu.

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