Program Director: Barbara Stanley, PhD. Dr. Stanley oversees the implementation of all aspects of the SP-TIE program across New York State. She works across state departments and systems to implement comprehensive suicide prevention, which entails engagement with health care professionals in various settings to coordinate training and evaluation. In addition to her role as SP-TIE director, she is also a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University. Dr. Stanley has been the principal investigator on several NIMH and foundation grants investigating clinical and neurobiological factors and intervention strategies related to suicidal behavior, self injury, and borderline personality disorder. With her colleague, Dr. Gregory Brown, she developed the Safety Planning Intervention that is used throughout the VA and on crisis hotlines across the United States, and which is a central intervention in the SP-TIE approach. She is also conducting a project in VA to develop and evaluate an intervention for treating and following suicidal veterans in urgent care settings and post-discharge. She has received numerous awards including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Research Award and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York Research Award.

Associate Director: Beth Brodsky, Ph.D. Dr. Brodsky works on all aspects of the Program for Suicide Prevention-Training, Implementation and Evaluation. She conducts trainings, reviews current and prospective training initiatives for suitability and evidence-base and helps develop manuals and evaluation tools. She helps to identify and develop trainings, particularly those geared towards improving the skills of behavioral health providers, other health professionals and gatekeepers. She is a Research Scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and has extensive experience and skills in training professionals in evidence-based treatment of suicidal individuals which she will bring to bear on state-wide training efforts. She also helps to determine appropriate methods of evaluating competence and fidelity monitoring to evidence-based protocols. She conducts trainings as needed, trains trainers and visits sites to assess needs and help sites in achieving and maintaining fidelity.

Christa D. Labouliere, PhD. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry) at Columbia University and Project Administrator of the Suicide Prevention – Training, Implementation, & Evaluation (SP-TIE) Program at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of statewide suicide prevention efforts, including the training of clinicians in empirically-supported, suicide-specific interventions. Prior to joining the SP-TIE team, Dr. Labouliere had over ten years of research and clinical experience working with individuals with suicidal behavior. For six years, she served as project coordinator for several large federally-funded youth suicide prevention grants, and was integral to the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of empirically-supported prevention and intervention programs. Her research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the topic of mental health and treatment for emotional disorders and self-destructive behavior.
Assistant Research Scientist: Haitisha Mehta, MA. Haitisha assists with several projects under the Suicide Prevention – Training, Implementation & Evaluation (SP-TIE Program) at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). As an assistant research scientist, she supports the team in developing different empirically-supported suicide prevention training initiatives, implementing different evidence-based protocols, and quantitatively and qualitatively evaluating the projects. Haitisha, along with the team, aims to advocate suicide-safer care across New York State.

Research Assistant: Aimee Hall, B.A. Alongside the rest of the SP-TIE team, Aimee helps compose and conduct research into suicide prevention and implementation across New York State. In addition to her role as SP-TIE research assistant, Aimee is also a clinical research coordinator for the Molecular Imaging and Neurology Department at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, aiding investigations into the etiology of suicidal behaviors. Outside of work, Aimee volunteers her time at a crisis hotline for suicidal youths.


Program Administrator: Ariana Cid. Ariana Cid manages all the administrative functions in the Program for Suicide Prevention-Training, Implementation and Evaluation (SP-TIE). She also supports the Principal Investigators with grants, budgets and daily research management.




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