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Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care


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Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He was retained as faculty in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was Chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service at Kelly Family Medicine Clinic, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for Lackland AFB. In addition to seeing patients in family medicine, Dr. Bryan trained and supervised clinical psychology interns, licensed clinical psychologists, and licensed clinical social workers in the BHC model of behavioral health.

Dr. Bryan currently researches suicidal behaviors, suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resilience. He has chaired the American Association of Suicidology's Primary Care Task Force to develop training curriculum for primary care medical providers in the assessment and management of suicidal patients. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients. For his contributions to primary care behavioral health and suicide prevention, Dr. Bryan was recognized by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement.


M. David Rudd PhD is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Utah and scientific director for the National Center for Veterans Studies at the U. His undergraduate degree is from Princeton University. He completed his doctoral training at the University of Texas-Austin and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive therapy at the Beck Institute in Philadelphia under the direction of Aaron T. Beck. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Fellow of three professional societies, including the American Psychological Association (Division 12 and Division 29), the International Association of Suicide Research, and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (a founding fellow). He was recently elected a Distinguished Practitioner and Scholar of the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Rudd is an active researcher with over 170 publications. He is currently conducting a $1.97 million clinical trial for suicidal soldiers at Fort Carson, Colorado. He has authored several books, including Treating Suicidal Behavior (2001, Guilford, 2nd printing in 2004) and Suicide Science: Expanding the Boundaries (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers), The Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide (Professional Resource Press, 2006) and the recently released The Interpersonal Theory of Suicide (with Joiner, VanOrden, & Witte) from the American Psychological Association Press. His research has been recognized with awards both national and international. He has served as a consultant to many organizations nationally and internationally, including the United States Air Force, the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Beijing Suicide Prevention and Research Center. Dr. Rudd serves on a number of editorial boards, is past Chair of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, past President of the Texas Psychological Association, past President of Division 12 Section VII of the American Psychological Association, past Past-President of the American Association of Suicidology, a previous members of the APA Council of Representatives, and currently serves on the board of the PDV Foundation. Dr. Rudd has testified five times before the U.S. Congress, both House and Senate, on issues related to veterans and suicide.

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