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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 a recent FSU alumnus and the younger a current FSU student.

Graduate Students

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Sean Dougherty, M.S.

Curriculum Vitae
dougherty@psy.fsu.edu

Sean’s research interests include theory and measurement of suicidal phenomena. His focuses include suicide means, suicide acceptability, and classification of suicidal behaviors, as well as cultural and cognitive factors related to suicidal behaviors. His goals are to understand and thus help detect and prevent suicidal outcomes and to reduce the suffering associated with suicidal behaviors.

 

 




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Mary Duffy

Curriculum Vitae
duffy@psy.fsu.edu

Mary's research focuses on the intersection of eating disorders and suicide. She is particularly interested in understanding the role body attitudes and experiences (e.g. interoception, agitation, body investment) play in these areas of psychopathology.

 

 

 




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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 suicide-related thoughts and behaviors, and overall mental health among military servicemembers, first responders, and other special populations (e.g. Construction and Extraction Industry workforce). She is also interested in mental health stigma within the military culture, and the outcomes of treatment programs for military personnel and their families. Anna is the Director of the Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention and will be working towards the implementation of Florida's suicide prevention action plan.

For more information on suicide prevention efforts in the state of Florida, please visit: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/samh/prevention/suicide-prevention/


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Austin Gallyer

Curriculum Vitae
gallyer@psy.fsu.edu

Austin is a neuroscience graduate student interested in studying neural aberrations that lead to the development of suicidal behavior. Specifically, his work leverages event-related potentials and virtual reality paradigms as a translational approach to studying potential biomarkers and causes of suicidal behavior. Austin's up-and-coming work focuses on revealing the functional neural correlates of factors purported to be necessary for suicidal behavior (e.g., fearlessness about death), and using transcranial magnetic stimulation to manipulate these circuits.

 

 


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Roshni Janakiraman

Curriculum Vitae
janakiraman@psy.fsu.edu

Roshni's primary research interests focus on determining the cognitive and emotional mechanisms that drive suicidal ideation and behavior in at-risk minority groups. She is interested in improving cultural competence in suicide risk assessments and interventions. She is also interested in exploring the relationship between suicidal history and alcohol addiction.


 


 

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Michelle Jeon

Curriculum Vitae
jeon@psy.fsu.edu

Michelle is interested in acute arousal and other psychophysiological processes that occur prior to suicide attempts, and other components that push at-risk individuals down the ideation-to-action pathway. She is also interested in studying interpersonal physiology (emotion contagion, co-regulation, etc.) and emotional response to acutely suicidal individuals.

 

 

 

 

Amy Lieberman

Curriculum Vitae
lieberman@psy.fsu.edu

Amy’s research primarily focuses on the intersection of schizophrenia and related disorders and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. She is specifically interested in understanding how various psychotic symptoms relate to feelings of intolerability.

 

 

 

 

 


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Fallon Ringer

Curriculum Vitae
ringer@psy.fsu.edu

Fallon’s main research interests include the associations between online behaviors, including social media interactions, and outcomes associated with suicide risk. 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, particularly in military populations.

 




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Katherine Schafer

Curriculum Vitae
musacchio@psy.fsu.edu

Katherine is interested in the predicative accuracy of competing theories of suicide and the application of machine learning to suicide prediction. Her research aims are specifically to falsify long standing theories of suicide.

 

 

 

 

 


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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.

 




Staff

Marielle Gomez

Lab Manager
gomez@psy.fsu.edu

Marielle is currently serving as lab manager. Her research interest include investigating the role of biological processes in psychopathology, with an interest in mood disorders. She is currently working on projects that focus on the identification of novel risk factors for suicide, especially utilizing network analysis.

Marielle’s role is instrumental in maintaining the productivity of the lab’s research. Her routine duties include helping submit grant and IRB proposals, assist lab members with research, provide assistance in managing the lab’s grants, and maintain the everyday functioning of the lab. Her execution in this role enhances both the productivity and success of each lab member’s projects.



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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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Jenny Buchman, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Puget Sound VA
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Carol Chu, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Clinician Investigator
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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Bruno Chiurliza, Ph.D.
Clinical Postdoctoral Psychologist
Substance Abuse Treatment Program at Lee County VA Healthcare Center

 

 

 

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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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Melanie Hom, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

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Foluso Williams Lawal-Solarin, Ph.D.

Psychologist

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Matthew Michaels, Ph.D.

Citrus Health Network
Miami, Florida


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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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Matthew Podlogar, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Rocky Mountain MIRECC


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

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Megan Rogers, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mount Sinai Beth Israel

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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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Ian Stanley, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine & National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System
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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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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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Sam Bernecker, Ph.D.

Consultant
Boston Consulting Group


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Carol Chu, Ph.D.
Psychologist/Clinician Investigator
Minneapolis VA Health Care System
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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

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Chelsey Wilks, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
University of Missouri St. Louis
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Kelly Zuromski, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Harvard University

 

Former Staff

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Mirela Tzoneva
Former Lab Manager
Kalle Nelson
Former Lab Manager
Ana Vazquez
Former Lab Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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