Mark Reger, PhD

Personal Statement

I am the ​Chief of Psychology at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System and Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I am a suicide prevention researcher and health services investigator who has served as the principal investigator for a variety of large federally-funded suicide prevention studies. My research focuses on Veteran and military suicide prevention. I am interested in risk and protective factors that are unique to the military community. My work focuses on systematic clinical and public health approaches to reducing suicide behaviors. I have had the opportunity to contribute to national initiatives to translate research into policy and best-practices, and I have been fortunate to have my work highlighted in interviews with numerous national TV, radio, and news outlets.

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Recent Publications

Qualitative Evaluation of a Caring Letters Suicide Prevention Intervention for the Veterans Crisis Line.
(2023 May 24)
Psychiatr Serv
Landes SJ, Abraham TH, Woods JA, Curtis ND, Lauver M, Manchester C, Garrido MM, Porter S, Hughes G, Reger MA

Lessons Learned From Implementing a Caring Contacts Clinical Practice Guideline Recommendation.
(2023 Apr 25)
Psychiatr Serv
Liu L, Porter SA, Gebhardt H, Markman JD, Buchholz JR, Reger MA

Peer-Written Caring Letters for Veterans after a Suicidal Crisis.
(2023 Apr 24)
Arch Suicide Res
Ton AT, Carter SP, Leitner R, Zoellner LA, Mizik N, Reger MA

A peer veteran approach to the caring letters suicide prevention program: Preliminary data.
(2023 Apr 13)
Psychol Serv
Livingston WS, Carter SP, Leitner R, Ton AT, Gebhardt H, Zoellner LA, Mizik N, Rojas SM, Buchholz JR, Reger MA

The use of crisis line services during the COVID-19 pandemic: Evidence from the veterans health administration.
(2023 May-Jun)
Gen Hosp Psychiatry 82(): 101-102
Tenso K, Avila CJD, Garrido M, Lauver M, Reger MA, Legler A, Strombotne K

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