Christopher DeCou, PhD

I am a licensed clinical psychologist at Harborview Medical Center. My research centers on the study and prevention of suicide among under-served and under-studied populations, and the association between experiences of trauma and suicidality. I have authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presented on suicide prevention at many national and international meetings. I am the recipient of several awards, including recognition from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health. I am also involved in several clinical trials focused on testing new approaches to the assessment, treatment, and pragmatic prevention of suicidality in high-risk clinical populations. Prior to completing my graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Idaho State University, I was employed as a full-time police officer, and was also certified as a firefighter/EMT. My experiences as a first responder continue to inform my research and clinical activities, and motivate my interest in developing pragmatic and patient-centered approaches to suicide prevention. 

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Recent Publications

Prehospital patient care protocols for suicidality in Washington State.
(2020 May 18)
Prehosp Emerg Care
DeCou CR, Huppert T, Kume K, Veras P, Comtois KA, Rea T

Associations between sexual assault and suicidal thoughts and behavior: A meta-analysis.
(2020 Mar 23)
Psychol Trauma
Dworkin ER, DeCou CR, Fitzpatrick S

Medically Treated Self-Injury Among Children and Adolescents: Repeated Attempts and Service Use Over 1 Year.
(2020 May 1)
Psychiatr Serv 71(5): 447-455
Adrian M, DeCou C, Gold LS

Murder-Suicides Perpetrated by Adolescents: Findings from the National Violent Death Reporting System.
(2020 Apr)
Suicide Life Threat Behav 50(2): 534-544
Adhia A, DeCou CR, Huppert T, Ayyagari R

Clinicians' knowledge of suicide-specific practices in two large healthcare systems in Washington.
(2020 May - Jun)
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 64(): 121-122
DeCou CR, Stuber J, Payn B, Ratzliff A

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