MSRC Blog: Research in Action

Articles posted here are intended to highlight information that is most salient to DoD clinicians and policy makers, helping take MSRC research onto the front lines of implementation.

Published: 07 September 2022

This study examined warning signs for suicidal behavior in people recently admitted to a psychiatric hospital following a suicide attempt. Participants were 349 adult civilians and Veterans across... Continue reading

Published: 26 August 2021

Within and outside the military, machine learning approaches have played an increasing role in the classification of suicidal behavior given they can more easily accommodate complex relations... Continue reading

Published: 29 July 2021

Bagge et al. conducted an observational study that involved reviewing chart data at 3 VHA hospitals. Researchers were interested in how Veterans contact the healthcare system in relation to... Continue reading

Published: 29 June 2021

Participants who engaged in recurrent non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) and were weight suppressed (WS) reported significant improvements in body image and depressive symptoms compared to controls... Continue reading

Published: 18 May 2021

This cross-sectional study using secondary data of military personnel from various branches is the first to look at interoception* in a military context and its relation to suicidal behavior.

Published: 12 January 2021

Four commonly used suicide risk assessments were found to be valid (i.e., construct and convergent validity) and reliable (i.e., internally consistent) when used with active duty U.S.... Continue reading

Published: 07 October 2020

Almost half (44%) of suicidal Service Members reported bullying in their workplace – the majority of whom (80%) reported workplace bullying in the past six months. A study of active duty suicidal... Continue reading

Published: 22 May 2020

For decades, our ability to predict suicidal thoughts and behaviors has been at near-chance levels (Franklin et al., 2017). A recent study, led by Dr. Jessica D. Ribeiro at Florida State... Continue reading

Published: 26 February 2020

Suicide is a national public health issue among the general population, and especially for those who have served in the military1. Research in military, Veteran and civilian populations... Continue reading

Published: 31 October 2019

To answer one of the more vexing clinical questions in suicide prevention – which suicide risk assessment measure or set of measures is most helpful in applied settings? – Dr. Peter Gutierrez, PhD... Continue reading

Published: 19 September 2019

Thwarted social connection is a critical risk factor for suicidality, and several theoretical perspectives highlight the importance of interpersonal sources of affect to social connection. Given... Continue reading

Published: 31 July 2019

One barrier to large-scale suicide prevention is that most existing interventions cannot easily reach the millions of people who may be at high risk for suicidality. To take a step toward... Continue reading

Published: 28 June 2019

Based on the need for treatments for Veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI), Colorado researchers led by Dr. Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D., ABPP, Rp, of the Department of Veterans Affairs Rocky... Continue reading

Published: 31 May 2019

Craig Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, of the University of Utah’s National Center for Veterans Studies has published multiple studies investigating the effectiveness of the crisis response... Continue reading

Published: 30 April 2019

Patients under treatment for psychological health issues sometimes experience episodes of significant distress in their everyday lives while away from the clinic and immediate care. This poses a... Continue reading

Published: 31 March 2019

Suicide is a concern across the military, but the problem is particularly severe in the National Guard. As such, Mike Anestis, PhD and Brad Green, PhD of the University of Southern Mississippi... Continue reading

Published: 28 February 2019

In the 1970s, a psychiatrist named Jerome Motto demonstrated that non-demanding caring letters could prevent suicide among high-risk individuals.[1,2] Motto suggested that a suicidal person’s... Continue reading

Published: 31 January 2019
In clinical practice, providers tend to somewhat arbitrarily put clients into low, moderate, and high risk categories based upon their perceived suicide risk. Although these categorizations seem to... Continue reading
Published: 31 October 2018

Julie Cerel, Ph.D. of the University of Kentucky and colleagues have published a series of articles that address the extent to which people are exposed to suicide (Cerel et al., 2018, 2016, 2015;... Continue reading