Larry Pruitt, PhD

Personal Statement

Dr. Larry Pruitt is the Director for Suicide Prevention Programs at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Puget Sound Healthcare System and Co-Lead Suicide Prevention Coordinator for VA’s four-state Veteran’s Integrated Service Network encompassing Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska (VISN 20). He is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington State, and has served on several national workgroups focused on suicide prevention including the Military Suicide Research Consortium, The DOD/VA Data and Surveillance Workgroup associated with Executive Order 13822, the U.S. Department of Defense Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee, and the 2019 VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guideline Workgroup for the Assessment and Management of Patients at High Risk for Suicide.

Prior to joining the VA in 2018, Dr. Pruitt served as the program lead for the Department of Defense Suicide Event Report from 2014 to 2018. His areas of focus include military and veteran behavioral health, suicide prevention and epidemiology, PTSD treatment, and the use of tele-health to improve patient access to empirically supported treatments. Dr. Pruitt completed his graduate training at the University of Nevada, Reno followed by a fellowship at the University of Washington Department of Psychology’s Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress.

Recent Publications

Suicide Safety Planning During a Pandemic: The Implications of COVID-19 on Coping with a Crisis.
(2020 Jun)
Suicide Life Threat Behav 50(3): 741-749
Pruitt LD, Mcintosh LS, Reger G

Positive Predictive Values and Potential Success of Suicide Prediction Models-Reply.
(2019 Jun 26)
JAMA Psychiatry
Belsher BE, Smolenski DJ, Pruitt LD

Prediction Models for Suicide Attempts and Deaths: A Systematic Review and Simulation.
(2019 Jun 1)
JAMA Psychiatry 76(6): 642-651
Belsher BE, Smolenski DJ, Pruitt LD, Bush NE, Beech EH, Workman DE, Morgan RL, Evatt DP, Tucker J, Skopp NA

Suicide in the Military: Understanding Rates and Risk Factors Across the United States' Armed Forces.
(2019 Mar 1)
Mil Med 184(Suppl 1): 432-437
Pruitt LD, Smolenski DJ, Bush NE, Tucker J, Issa F, Hoyt TV, Reger MA

Financial hardship and risk of suicide among U.S. Army personnel.
(2019 May)
Psychol Serv 16(2): 286-292
Goodin CA, Prendergast DM, Pruitt LD, Smolenski DJ, Wilson NY, Skopp N, Hoyt T

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