Anthony (Tony) Wood
Anthony D. Wood, COO Qntfy, is Founder of #SPSM (Suicide Prevention and Social Media spsmchat.com) the largest and most engaged social media community dedicated to connecting Suicidologists, Crisis Preventionists, Researchers, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, MDs, People with Lived Experience of suicide, Data Scientists, Law Enforcement Officers, Teachers, and Students with the best and latest research related to Suicide and Crisis Prevention worldwide. His work with the social media aspects of Suicide Prevention as a founder of the Social Media Team at the American Association of Suicidology’s Annual Conference earned him the 2015 Roger J Tierney award for Innovation from AAS. His research on the intersection of social media and mental health has been published in AAS, ACM CHI, JSM and CLpsych. As a result of this work, he has become a sought after resource for mental health professionals, private companies and organizations interested in the intersection of new media, mobile data and Mental Health.
Jonathan Singer, PhD
Dr. Singer is an associate professor of social work at Loyola University Chicago. His clinical and research interests focus on family-based interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth; service access and service utilization; use of technology in education and clinical practice. Dr. Singer is interested in the interpersonal mechanisms that protect against or contribute to youth suicidal risk within families; how and why parents access services for their suicidal children; and how technologies such as podcasts and social networking sites can be used to disseminate information about prevention and intervention of youth suicidal behaviors, cyberbullying, and social work education and training. Dr. Singer is the co-author of the 2015 Routledge text “Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner’s Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention.” He is a frequent contributor to the online community Suicide Prevention and Social Media (#SPSM), and the founder and host of the award winning podcast series, the Social Work Podcast (http://www.socialworkpodcast.com).
Amy Boland, CPA
Ms. Boland has been working in auditing and public accounting since 1994. She specializes in audits of nonprofit organizations including associations, private voluntary organizations and other charitable institutions; specifically 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations across a spectrum of cause areas.
As an expert on Uniform Guidance, she is a frequent presenter on updates to OMB’s federal compliance regulations. Ms. Boland also performs USAID and other federal audits, assisting global clients in strengthening their field office controls and establishing policies and procedures to ensure grant compliance.
As a partner, Ms. Boland is responsible for all aspects of client service and engagement administration, and interacts with client management and staff to plan engagements, resolve problems and suggest procedures to improve the accounting process and internal controls. Additionally, she oversees budgeting and the supervision of audit staff to ensure the efficient completion of fieldwork.
Ms. Boland is a founding member of Women on the Move, GRF’s women’s leadership initiative formalized in 2019. She is also a member of GRF’s Executive Committee.
Sally Spencer-Thomas, PsyD
Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and the nation’s first initiative for suicide prevention in the workplace, Working Minds.
Julie Cerel, PhD
Dr. Cerel is a licensed clinical psychologist and Professor in the College of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Her research has focused on suicide bereavement, suicide attempt survivors and suicide prevention. She completed her PhD from The Ohio State University, an internship and post-doctoral fellowship from West Virginia University and a post-doctoral fellowship specifically in suicide prevention from University of Rochester. She has served as Research Division Chair and Board Chair of American Association of Suicidology. She is the author of over 65 academic publications and co-author of Seeking Hope: Stories of the Suicide Bereaved. Her work has been funded by the Military Suicide Research Consortium from the U.S. Department of Defense, the CDC, SAMHSA, SPAN-USA and AFSP. She is a Board member and former chair, Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group, Inc. and Editorial Board Member, Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. Dr. Cerel mentors and collaborates with a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at UK and internationally.
Victor Armstrong, MSW
Victor Armstrong joined North Carolina DHHS as Director of the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse Services in March of 2020, with responsibility and oversight of the public community-based mental health, intellectual and other developmental disabilities, substance use, and traumatic brain injury system in North Carolina. Prior to accepting this role, Victor spent six years as Vice President of Behavioral Health with Atrium Health. Based in Charlotte, NC Victor had responsibility for operations of Atrium’s largest behavioral health hospital, Behavioral Health Charlotte (BHC). The BHC campus contains the southeast’s only psychiatric emergency department, staffed 24/7 with board certified psychiatrists, as well as 66 inpatient beds, and 10 outpatient programs. Victor has over 30 years of experience in human services, primarily dedicated to building and strengthening community resources to serve individuals living with mental illness.
Victor currently serves on the board of directors of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) NC. He is also former board chair of NAMI NC, and a member of American Association of Suicidology (AAS), and NASW-NC. Victor is a former member of the Board of Directors of National Council for Behavioral Health, i2i Center for Integrative Health, and RI International.
Victor’s awards and recognitions include 2019 Black Mental Health Symposium -Mental Health Advocate of the Year, 2019 Atrium Health Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion Award, 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from East Carolina University School of Social Work, Pride Magazine 2018 “Best of the Best”, and i2i Center for Integrative Health 2018 Innovation Award for “Whole Person Care”, 2012 National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) NC, Mental Health Professional of the Year.
Victor graduated, Magna Cum Laude, from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and received a Master of Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University. He is the husband of Dr. Charletta Armstrong and the father of 3 sons, Carter, Alonzo, and Victor Jr.
April Foreman, PhD
April C. Foreman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist serving Veterans as the Deputy Director of the Veterans Crisis Line’s Innovations Hub. She is an Executive Committee member for the Board of the American Association of Suicidology, and has served VA as the 2017 Acting Director of Technology and Innovation for the Office of Suicide Prevention. She is a member of the team that launched OurDataHelps.org, a recognized innovation in data donation for ground breaking suicide research. She is passionate about helping people with severe (sometimes lethal) emotional pain, and in particular advocates for people with Borderline Personality Disorder, which has one of the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. She is known for her work at the intersection of technology, social media, and mental health, with nationally recognized implementations of innovations in the use of technology and mood tracking. She is the 2015 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award for her work as a founder and moderator of the first sponsored regular mental health chat on Twitter, the weekly Suicide Prevention Social Media chat (#SPSM, sponsored by the American Association of Suicidology, AAS). Her dream is to use her unique skills and vision to build a mental health system effectively and elegantly designed to serve the people who need it.
Keita Franklin, PhD
Dr. Keita M. Franklin is Psych Hub’s, Chief Clinical Officer. In this capacity, she serves as a key member of the executive team overseeing the development and production of all clinical content for Psych Hub’s ever-expanding repository of educational videos and training courses on evidence based practices. A nationally-recognized expert, Dr. Franklin, ensures all clinical content is on the cutting edge of the intersection between health care and information technology. Key to Psych Hub’s goal of revolutionizing how mental health care education and training is delivered, Dr. Franklin leads the esteemed Psych Hub, clinical team, ensuring all Psych Hub products are evidence-based and trauma-informed.
With over 25 years of progressively responsible experience, Dr. Franklin has spent her career driving complex organizational change in the federal sector, improving the systems that provide care for our Nation’s military, family members, and veteran populations.
Before joining Psych Hub, Dr. Franklin served as a senior executive at both the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Department of Defense. In these roles, Dr. Franklin served as the principal advisor to Department leadership for all matters on suicide prevention, and she is widely credited with leading a transformative, enterprise-wide shift from a crisis intervention posture to an upstream, broad public policy approach focused on continuous surveillance and early prevention. Dr. Franklin was also responsible for leading a multi-disciplined team of experts in advancing evidence-based prevention practices for over 20 million Veterans and reaching our Nation’s heroes wherever they live, work, thrive, and receive care. A poised and articulate communicator of strategic messaging, Dr. Franklin has been frequently asked to testify before committees in both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate and led numerous caucus roundtable discussions with members of Congress.
Margaret and Kevin Hines founded 17th & Montgomery Productions in 2015 to create film and media in an effort to influence impact in the brain/mental health and suicide prevention space. Their first project, the multiple-award winning feature length film, Suicide The Ripple Effect, debuted in 2017. The company focuses on normalizing the conversation surrounding brain/mental health through various storytelling media.
Margaret founded The Hines Foundation to drive transformative social impact by championing lived expertise in the mental/brain health and suicide prevention sectors through social entrepreneurship, revolutionizing the advocacy movement & fostering strong and healthy partnerships. For three years, the foundation has partnered directly with 81 impacted family organizations and directly supported their endeavors to create change in their respective communities.
Margaret comes to the Behavioral Health & Wellness space with over ten years of experience in Private Equity and Venture Capital. She has a proven track record of building strong partnerships and understands the value of collaboration. She is passionate about working with social entrepreneurs within the wellness and brain health space. Margaret graduated from University California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Economics. She sits on the Advisory Board of the Crisis Text Line and serves on the US Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office’s Lived Experience Committee.
Skip Simpson, JD
With a legal background ranging from duties as a U.S. Air Force Courts Martial Judge to services as Texas’ top drug traffic prosecutor, Skip Simpson is now a patient advocate for zero suicide. His law firm focuses on teaching suicide prevention and prosecuting suicide malpractice cases.
Profiled in The Wall Street Journal in 1997 for his pioneering work in suicide litigation, Skip remains active in promoting a zero suicide world. His personal background reveals a varied career with stints as a United States Air Force combat crew member, a military prosecutor, defense lawyer, and general courts martial judge, a state and federal criminal prosecutor, an in-house corporate lawyer, and a privately practicing civil trial lawyer.
Skip in 2003 was honored as a Research Associate of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Dept. of Psychiatry, Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. On January 1, 2004 he was appointed as a Clinical Instructor at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. In 2006 he was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor. In 2005 Skip was named to the board of directors for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Collin County where he served for a one year term.
Don Wright is the founder and CEO of Clarigent Health, triangulating mental health metrics from the patient, the clinician, and the company’s proprietary vocal biomarkers technology. This supports earlier detection of risk, continuous monitoring of progress over time, and group-level insights for mental health care organizations. Prior to Clarigent, Don spent the previous decade developing the GeneSight pharmacogenomics product at Assurex Health helping almost two million people get on the right treatment for depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions.
Don is the President of the Suicide Prevention Initiative and Depression Research Foundation. He is also the chairman of Inagene Diagnostics, a pharmacogenomics company specializing in mental health and pain treatment. He is the chairman of the Hamilton Mill a Cincinnati area startup accelerator and a member of the board of advisors of OhioX, the board of advisors of the Xavier University Master of Science in Customer Analytics Program, the NKU Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the University of Cincinnati Technology Accelerator for Commercialization, as well as the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Digital Health and Care committee.
Don is the father of three children, Justin (who we lost to suicide in 2017), Abigail, and Samuel.
Erin Goldman, LMSW
Clinical Division Chair
Ms. Goldman has been working for the past fifteen years in the field of suicide prevention as a therapist, trainer and consultant. She is currently the Clinical Trainer and Supervisor for a clinical demonstration project that provides CBT for Suicide Prevention to Veterans via telehealth technology. Previously, Ms. Goldman was an intervention therapist for a research study that utilized CBT for Suicide Prevention with Veterans who have a substance abuse disorder. She has served on several Suicide Prevention Coalitions and has trained a wide range of audiences in ASIST and QPR.
Becky Stoll, LCSW
Crisis Centers Division Chair
Becky Stoll is responsible for the overall operation of Centerstone’s Crisis Call Center, Mobile Crisis, Suicide Prevention and Disaster Management services.
Ms. Stoll graduated from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee, with a BS in Psychology. She received her Master’s in the Science of Social Work from the University of Tennessee in Nashville, Tennessee.
Ms. Stoll is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of behavioral health experience. She is a recognized leader in the areas of crisis services, disaster mental health, and suicide prevention. She is faculty for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s Zero Suicides in Health and Behavioral Healthcare initiative. Ms. Stoll has provided training, consultation, and response nationally and internationally to aviation, banking, educational institutions, emergency response organizations, and professional sports.
Ms. Stoll is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress and a Diplomate of the American Association of Experts in Traumatic Stress. She is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional.
Amy Brausch, PhD
Research Division Chair
Dr. Amy Brausch is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Kentucky University and a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northern Illinois University. Her research includes examining risk and protective factors for young adult and youth suicide, the intersection of suicide risk and NSSI, and developing effective treatments for youth suicide. She has published numerous articles and book chapters related to suicide and NSSI, and her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network, and the American Psychological Foundation. Dr. Brausch is a senior consultant for CAMS-Care, the company disseminating the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS), and provides trainings and consultation nationally and internationally to help disseminate and implement CAMS within mental health care systems. She is a member of the Youth Suicide Research Consortium and the International Consortium for Self-Injury in Education Settings. She has been recognized by her university for outstanding work in research, public service, and student mentoring.
Melissa Brown, DrPH, MPH
Prevention Programs/Public Health Division Chair
Margaret Melissa Brown, DrPH, MPH, is a Behavioral Scientist at the Centers for Disease control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, working in suicide prevention. She is a graduate of the College of Public Health at the University of Kentucky (UK). Areas of education concentration include health management and policy, research management, epidemiology, health behavior, individual and family development (family studies), and nursing. Dr. Brown has mentored and collaborated with a diverse group of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students both within the United States and internationally. Past research has focused on suicide (military, community impact, suicide exposure and bereavement, LGBTQ, prevention and postvention, clergy, posttraumatic growth after suicide), family and community violence, sexual trauma related PTSD, telemedicine, and violence fatality surveillance (NVDRS).
Megan Rogers, PhD
Student Division Chair
Dr. Megan Rogers is a postdoctoral research fellow at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, working under the mentorship of Dr. Igor Galynker. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Florida State University, and her predoctoral clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in 2020. Dr. Rogers’s research primarily focuses on short-term cognitive, physiological, affective, and behavioral risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors, with an emphasis on the phenomenology, etiology, and assessment of acute suicidal crises.
Vanessa McGann, PhD
Survivors Division Chair
Dr. McGann is a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City specializing in traumatic loss. She is the Assistant Director of Extern Training and a counselor at the New School as well as a faculty member of the Child Psychotherapy Program of the William Alanson White Institute. In addition to being Chair of the American Association for Suicidology’s Loss Division, Dr. McGann is co-chair of its Clinician-Survivor task force and President Emerita of the New York City Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. She consults nationally on topics related to suicide and postvention at various schools, colleges and agencies, including the NY State Office of Mental Health. She was a member of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Survivors of Suicide Loss Task Force and helped in the creation of its national guidelines. In addition to supporting clinicians after the loss of a loved one or client to suicide, she is passionate about training clinicians to work with loss survivors and supporting families who are raising children in the wake of a suicide. The recipient of the 2018 AAS Loss Survivor Recognition Award for her contributions and leadership, Dr. McGann lost her sister Nadine McGann to suicide in 2004.
DeQuincy A. Lezine, Ph.D.
Attempt Survivors/Lived Experience Division Chair
DeQuincy is a suicide attempt survivor who has been active in suicide prevention since 1996, including roles in the development of national and state suicide prevention plans. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from UCLA, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Rochester focused on public health approaches to suicide prevention. Dr. Lezine is the Co-Chair of the Consumer Survivor Subcommittee for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a member of the Steering Committee for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He is also a a member of the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force, of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and principal author on the Way Forward: Pathways to Hope, Recovery, and Wellness with Insights from Lived Experience which is in press. He has also worked with organizations including Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) USA, Organization for Attempters and Survivors in Interfaith Services (OASSIS), National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), and the Oklahoma Suicide Prevention Council. Dr. Lezine is the author of Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide (Oxford University Press, 2008) and President & CEO of Prevention Communities, focusing on suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
Impacted Family and Friends Division Chair
Annemarie Matulis is the founder of A Voice at the Table, a movement dedicated to the family and close friends emotionally impacted by the suicidal crisis of a loved one. She has been an active AAS and #SPSM member since 2014. A survivor of childhood trauma and adult domestic violence, Matulis has spent 35 years balancing a career portfolio in the public, private and non-profit sectors with focus on the intersectionality of domestic violence, substance abuse and suicide prevention. With decades of experience as a community activist, advocate, and organizer, she is a recognized change agent within public health in Massachusetts. She is a national keynote speaker, an educator, curriculum developer, successful grant writer and manager, a trainer for several modules of suicide prevention, intervention and postvention and a certified facilitator for suicide loss grief support. Matulis co-founded a teen center for youth marginalized and struggling emotionally and received a 2009 National Make a Difference Day Foundation Award from the USA Weekend News/Paul Newman Foundations for those efforts. Matulis is a board member of a local (Bristol County MA) non-profit, sits on the Executive Committee for the Massachusetts Suicide Prevention Coalition, Person of the Year (2012) in her local community, and received a statewide Suicide Prevention Leadership award (2012). She is also the recipient of the International Rotary Club Paul Harris Humanitarian Award for Service Beyond Self. Matulis has produced two documentaries focused on attempt survivors and their impacted families, A Voice at the Table (2014) and Voices Still Unheard (2016). A Voice at the Table received honorable mention at the 2015 SAMHSA Voice Awards. In 2020, she developed the #SoulCareAAS365 Project.
Chief Executive Officer
Colleen Creighton joined the American Association of Suicidology in June 2017.
Previously, she served as Executive Director of the Alliance for Consumer Education (ACE), a nonprofit foundation dedicated to the safe and responsible use of consumer household products. She also served as Director of CHPA Educational Foundation where she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the Consumer Healthcare Products Association’s educational foundation.
Prior to her work in the nonprofit foundation arena, Ms. Creighton worked in the educational field, having taught civics education at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels. Additionally, she spent three years in Lancut, Poland working for the International World Teach program, an organization based out of the Harvard University Center for International Development. Before that, she studied NATO and the European Union at the Irish Institute for European Affairs in Leuven, Belgium.
Colleen holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Catholic University of America and a M.A. in East European Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin in Germany.