Lisa Brenner, PhD
Speaker at 2015 NABIS Conference on Brain Injury
Session Title: Identifying Risk for Suicidal Behavior among those with a History of TBI
1. Highlight the relationship between TBI and suicide
2. Explore how executive dysfunction may contribute to increased risk
3. Discuss potential intervention strategies for those with a history of suicidal behavior and TBI
Summary: History of TBI has been identified as a risk factor for suicidal behavior among Veteran and civilian cohorts. Limited work has been conducted regarding risk factors among those with an injury history. Recent findings regarding executive dysfunction among those with a history of TBI and suicidal behavior will be presented, along with potential strategies for intervention.
Current Company Affiliation: Department of Veterans Affairs
Speaker Bio: Lisa A. Brenner. Ph.D. is a Board Certified Rehabilitation Psychologist, and a Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at the University of Colorado, Anschutz School of Medicine, and the Director of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 19 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC; http://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/). She is the Research Director for the Department of PM&R. Dr. Brenner is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology. Her primary area of research interest is traumatic brain injury, co-morbid psychiatric disorders, and negative psychiatric outcomes including suicide. She serves as the Research Division Director for the American Association of Suicidology, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation. Dr. Brenner has numerous peer-reviewed publications, participates on national advisory boards, and is currently co-authoring a book regarding neurodisability and suicide.