MSRC Directors

Peter Gutierrez

Core A

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Peter M. Gutierrez, Ph.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at the VA VISN 19 MIRECC. He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. Dr. Gutierrez is a Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). He was the 2005 recipient of the AAS Shneidman Award for outstanding contributions in research in suicidology. He is an Associate Editor of the journal Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior and regularly reviews for other psychology, psychiatry and specialty journals.

Thomas Joiner

Core A

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An American academic psychologist and leading expert on suicide. Dr. Joiner is presently the Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, where he operates his Laboratory for the Study of the Psychology and Neurobiology of Mood Disorders, Suicide and Related Conditions. He is author of Why People Die by Suicide (Harvard University Press 2005).

Ashby Plant

Core C

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Ashby Plant is a Professor of Psychology at Florida State University. She has published extensively in both the fields of Social and Clinical Psychology. Dr. Plant’s has expertise in quantitative analysis, research methods, and database management. Her independent research primarily focuses upon motivation and attitude change. Dr. Plant is director of the MSRC Core C, which coordinates MSRC activities and assures quality of data management and analyses across the MSRC.

Kate Comtois

Core D

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Kate Comtois, PhD, MPH is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. She received her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology from the University of Maryland in 1992. She received her MPH in Health Services at the University of Washington in 2009. Dr. Comtois has been working in the area of health services, treatment development, and clinical trials research to prevent suicide for over 20 years. Dr. Comtois’ research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the State of Washington, and the Department of Defense. In addition to clinical research, Dr. Comtois founded the Society for Implementation Science Collaboration (SIRC) and is now the Director of a the Dissemination and Implementation Core within the Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC) focusing on the dissemination of innovative, evidence-based suicide prevention interventions in military settings.