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Director

Thomas Joiner, Ph.D.
Robert O. Lawton
Distinguished Professor of
Psychology


Curriculum Vitae

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Office: 436 PDB
(850) 644-1454
joiner@psy.fsu.edu





THOMAS JOINER grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner’s work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. Author of over 515 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Joiner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Residency Fellowship. He received the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Shakow Award for Early Career Achievement from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Shneidman Award for excellence in suicide research from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association, as well as research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Defense (DoD), and various foundations. The Lawton Professorship, which Dr. Joiner received in 2010, is FSU’s single highest honor.

He is a consultant to NASA’s Human Research Program, and is the Director, with Pete Gutierrez, Ph.D., of the DoD-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium, a $30 million project.

Dr. Joiner has authored or edited seventeen books, including Why People Die By Suicide, published in 2005 by Harvard University Press, and Myths About Suicide, published in 2010, also with Harvard University Press. The book Lonely at the Top was published by Palgrave MacMillan in October, 2011, and the book The Perversion of Virtue: Understanding Murder-Suicide was published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

Largely in connection with Why People Die By Suicide, he has made numerous radio, print, and television appearances, including write-ups in The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London, a radio interview on NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and two appearances on the Dr. Phil Show. He runs a part-time clinical and consulting practice specializing in suicidal behavior, including legal consultation on suits involving death by suicide. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his wife and two sons, the elder of whom is an FSU sophomore.

Graduate Students

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Jenny Buchman, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
buchman@psy.fsu.edu

Jenny’s main research interests relate to the capability for suicide and its associated features including pain perception, pain tolerance, and fearlessness. She is also interested in the intersection of eating pathology with suicidal behavior. An additional focus of her research is on the impact transition periods have on suicidal behavior.







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Bruno Chiurliza

Curriculum Vitae
chiurliza@psy.fsu.edu


Bruno is primarily interested in the capability for suicide. Specific areas of interest include research on interventions targeting acquired capability, research on group differences (particularly in at-risk groups; e.g., American Indian/Alaska Natives, Military Service Members, and individuals with other symptoms/psychopathology) in acquired capability, and research on measures related to acquired capability and its components (fearlessness about death and physical pain tolerance).




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Carol Chu, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
chu@psy.fsu.edu

Carol’s research interests focus on understanding the etiology of suicide-related behaviors from a biopsychosocial approach. Her research is particularly focused on social, emotional, and cognitive risk factors for suicide and the associated biological mechanisms.

Carol is currently completing her internship at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital.






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Sean Dougherty

Curriculum Vitae
dougherty@psy.fsu.edu

Sean’s research interests include meaning in life, perceptions of self-continuity, and culture as they relate to suicidal behaviors and human functioning more generally. His goal is to understand and thus help prevent suicidal outcomes.

 

 

 




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Mary Duffy

Curriculum Vitae
duffy@psy.fsu.edu

Mary's primary research interests are in the intersection of eating disorders and suicide. She is also interested in the connections between interoceptive deficits and suicidality, with a focus on pain tolerance and acquired capability as explanatory factors in the relationship.

 

 

 




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Anna Gai

Curriculum Vitae
gai@psy.fsu.edu

Anna’s primary research interest is understanding the risk factors and outcomes for suicidal behavior, and overall mental health within the military. She is also interested in mental health stigma within the military culture, and the outcomes of treatment programs for military personnel and their families.







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Austin Gallyer

Curriculum Vitae
gallyer@psy.fsu.edu

Austin is interested in examining the etiology of suicidal behavior from a biopsychosocial perspective. He is particularly interested in connecting constructs from the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide with biological mechanisms by using methods such as EEG, genotyping, fMRI, and skin conductance. In addition, he is interested in delineating the relationship between the constructs of the interpersonal-psychological theory of suicide and other established and putative suicide risk factors by using advances in technology—such as machine learning—to better predict the development of suicidal behavior.



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Melanie Hom, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
hom@psy.fsu.edu

Melanie's primary research interests focus on improving treatment engagement and quality of care for individuals at elevated risk for suicide. Her research aims to understand how to connect high suicide risk individuals with evidence-based care, prevent treatment attrition, reduce stigma associated with help-seeking, and improve clinician training in standardized suicide risk assessment and management.

 

 

 


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Matt Michaels, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
michaels@psy.fsu.edu

Matt is focused on the etiology of gender differences in suicidal behavior. He supervises a team of six undergraduate student researchers and two student veteran research trainees. Matt also maintains Psychology-Majors.com, a web resource for undergraduate students considering graduate school in psychology.

Matt is currently completing his internship at Citrus Health Network in Miami, Florida.

 



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Matt Podlogar, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
podlogar@psy.fsu.edu

Matt is interested in the theory, measurement, assessment, and management of suicide-related behaviors within the context of web-based applications. In particular, he is interested in barriers to help-seeking, response deception, tele-therapy, and proxy measures of suicide risk.

Matt is currently completing his internship at Aurora Community Mental Health Center in Colorado.





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Fallon Ringer

Curriculum Vitae
ringer@psy.fsu.edu

Fallon’s main research interests include the associations between different contexts of interpersonal interactions, particularly online interactions, and the interpersonal theory of suicide. She is also interested in a broad range of risk factors associated with thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness, and the application of technology in suicide prevention.

 




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Megan Rogers

Curriculum Vitae
rogers@psy.fsu.edu

Megan's research primarily focuses on short-term risk factors for suicidal behavior, particularly rumination and overarousal. She is also interested in the development and validation of novel risk factors for suicidal behavior (including Acute Suicidal Affective Disturbance and suicide-specific rumination), as well as the development and integration of technology in the treatment of suicidal thoughts and self-injurious behaviors.

 






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Matthew Schneider

Curriculum Vitae
schneider@psy.fsu.edu

Matt’s main research interests involve the interactions between sleep disorders, with a focus on chronic nightmares, and the acquired capability for suicide. He is also interested in the neurological underpinnings that connect sleep and day dreaming to emotional regulation, and how that can be applied to various psychological disorders. His other interests include developing new treatments options for persistent depressive disorder and social anxiety disorder.

 




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Ian Stanley, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
stanley@psy.fsu.edu

Ian Stanley is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Florida State University. He serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Department of Defense-funded Military Suicide Research Consortium. Ian’s research and clinical work is focused on suicide prevention, with an emphasis on first responder populations. Additionally, he aims to understand how to enhance treatment engagement, adherence, and retention of individuals at elevated risk for suicide. Ian has held research assistantships and fellowships in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Johns Hopkins University.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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Ted Bender, Ph.D.

bender@psy.fsu.edu

Ted is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow for the military suicide research consortium (MSRC). He completed his internship at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Ted received his Ph.D. from the Florida State University in 2012.

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Sam Bernecker, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
samantha.bernecker@gmail.com

Sam's research focuses on identifying causal mechanisms of both psychopathology and interventions, especially in longitudinal data, as well as on improving access to evidence-based treatment ingredients through low-cost digital and non-professional channels. Sam received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts in 2017.









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Kelly Zuromski, Ph.D.

Curriculum Vitae
klzuromski@gmail.com

Kelly’s research focuses on identification of novel risk factors for suicidal behavior, with emphasis on short-term, longitudinal prediction. Her postdoctoral research through Army STARRS/MSRC will primarily focus on evaluating the impact and cost effectiveness of suicide intervention and prevention programs. Kelly received her Ph.D. from Auburn University in 2017.

Staff

Ana Vazquez

Lab Manager
aav12b@my.fsu.edu

Ana is currently serving as a research assistant and lab manager.











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Bonnie Wright

Grant Manager
wright@psy.fsu.edu

Bonnie is the team leader for the Grants Management Team assisting Dr. Joiner and other faculty in both pre-award and post-award grants administration capacities.

Alumni

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Michael Anestis, Ph.D.
Nina Bell Suggs Professor of Psychology
The University of Southern Mississippi
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Rebecca Bernert, Ph.D.

Instructor, Psychiatry &
Behavioral Science
Stanford/VA Aging Clinic
Research Center
Stanford University
School of Medicine

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Ted Bender, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Florida State University
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Lindsay Bodell, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
The University of Chicago




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Scott Braithwaite, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Brigham Young University
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Kelly Cukrowicz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Texas Tech University
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Kathryn Gordon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
North Dakota State University
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Jennifer Hames, Ph.D.

Assistant Clinical Professor/
Professional Specialist
University of Notre Dame

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Daniel Hollar, Ph.D.

Behavioral Analyst
Florida State Hospital

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Jill Holm-Denoma, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical
Professor & Lecturer
University of Denver

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Foluso Williams Lawal-Solarin, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Erin Miller, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Penn State Harrisburg

 

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Marisol Perez, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Arizona State University
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Jeremy Pettit, Ph.D.
Professor
Florida International University
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Jessica Ribeiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida State University
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Edward Selby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Rutgers University

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Caroline Silva, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Rochester
Medical Center

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April Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Miami University
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Nadia Teale, Ph.D.
Psychologist
United States Air Force
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Katie Timmons, Ph.D.
Psychologist
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

 

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Kimberly Van Orden, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Rochester
Medical Center
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Zach Voelz, M.S.
Vice President for
Enrollment Management
Lakeland College
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Jessica Brown Waesche, Ph.D.
Lecturer
University of Central Florida
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Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
University of Houston


 

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LaRicka Wingate, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Oklahoma State University
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Tracy Witte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Auburn University

 

 


Former Postdoctoral Fellows

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Faruku Gençöz, Ph.D.
Professor
Middle East Technical University

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Tülin Gençöz, Ph.D.
Professor
Middle East Technical University
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Ainhoa Otamendi, Ph.D.

Professor
Les Roches Marbella
International School of Hotel Management

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Jessica Ribeiro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Florida State University









 

 

 

 

Former Staff

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Mirela Tzoneva
Former Lab Manager
Kalle Nelson
Former Lab Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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