STMSS48 - Dr. Bridget Matarazzo - Risk Identification and Clinical Consultation for Suicide Prevention

Dr. Bridget Matarazzo, Director for Clinical Services for the Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), joins the show to talk about the Department of Veteran's Affairs' efforts at identifying veterans at risk for suicide and to support clinical professionals working with veterans.
About Today’s Guest: 

Dr. Bridget Matarazzo is a Clinical Research Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Services at VA’s Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at the Denver VA Medical Center and obtained a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver in 2010. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado.

Dr. Matarazzo is passionate about applying implementation science research to promote the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based suicide prevention strategies to enhance care for Veterans. She partners closely with colleagues in the VA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention to develop and implement national suicide programs and initiatives. Her team uses evidence-based implementation strategies to provide technical assistance, training and quality assurance/improvement to support these programs. One such project is VA’s Suicide Risk Identification Strategy (Risk ID), which is the nation’s largest population-based screening and evaluation initiative. Another is VA’s REACH VET program, which utilizes predictive analytics to identify and support Veterans at increased risk for suicide. 

Additionally, Dr. Matarazzo is deeply committed to supporting providers who deliver suicide prevention care to Veterans. She is Co-Director of VA’s Suicide Risk Management Consultation Program, which supports VA and community providers serving Veterans at risk for suicide. Her team provides consultation, resources and training to support those doing such incredibly important work. #NeverWorryAlone

Dr. Matarazzo’s clinical interests are in suicide risk assessment and management for Veterans at high risk for suicide and PTSD treatment as a certified Cognitive Processing Therapy provider. She is also a member of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC Training Committee and provides supervision to Post-Doctoral Fellows and Psychology Interns.

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