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Agenda Workshop: Advancing the Science on Peer Support and Suicide Prevention

Day 1, February 8, 2024

Introduction/Agenda for Day 1 (11:00-11:10 a.m. ET)

Speaker: Stephen O’Connor, Ph.D., NIMH

Welcome (11:10-11:20 a.m.)

Speaker: Jane Pearson, Ph.D., Special Advisor to the NIMH Director on Suicide Research

Panel Session 1 (11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. ET)

Conceptual Models Informing the Role of Peer Support


Karen Fortuna, Ph.D., Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Paul Pfeiffer, M.D., University of Michigan
Kimberly Hoagwood, Ph.D., New York University

Discussion – Panel Session 1 (12:10-12:40 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Joel Sherril, Ph.D., NIMH

Panel Session 2 (12:40-1:25 p.m. ET)

Peer Support Real World Implementation: Training, Consultation, Supervision, Engaging as Research Partners


Mr. Topher Jerome, University of Washington - Harborview Behavioral Health Institute
Nev Jones, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Eduardo Vega, M.Psy., Humannovations

Discussion – Panel Session 2 (1:25-2:00 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Linda Dimeff, Ph.D., Jaspr Health

Break (2:00-2:15 p.m. ET)

Panel Session 3 (2:15-3:00 p.m. ET)

Peer Support Tailored for Active Duty and Veteran Service Members


Matthew Chinman, Ph.D., Department of Veterans Affairs/RAND Corp.
Peter Wyman, Ph.D., University of Rochester
Craig Bryan, Psy.D., The Ohio State University

Discussion – Panel Session 3 (3:00-3:30 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Marianne Goodman, M.D., Department of Veteran Affairs

Day 1 Wrap-up/Concluding Remarks (3:30-3:45 p.m. ET)

Adjourn (3:45 p.m. ET)

Day 2, February 12, 2024

Welcome/Recap of Day 1 (11:00-11:10 a.m. ET)


Lisa Jaycox, Ph.D., NIMH/RAND Corp.

Panel Session 4 (11:10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET)

Youth Peer Support


Lily Brown, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania
Katrina Roundfield, Ph.D., Appa Health
Sherry Molock, Ph.D., M.Div., George Washington University 

Discussion – Panel Session 4 (12:00-12:30 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Christina Borba, Ph.D., NIMH

Panel Session 5 (12:30-1:15 p.m.)

Peer Support in Crisis Services Part 1


Mr. Brandon Wilcox, Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners
Mr. Craig Leets, Youthline
Charles Browning, M.D. and Mr. Aaron “Arrow” Foster, RI International 

Discussion – Panel Session 5 (1:15-1:45 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Rajeev Ramchand, Ph.D., RAND Corp.

Break (1:45-2:00 p.m. ET)

Panel Session 6 (2:00-2:40 p.m. ET)

Peer Support in Crisis Services Part 2


Christa Labouliere, Ph.D., New York Office of Mental Health
Michael Wilson, M.D., Ph.D., University of Arkansas Medical Sciences
Margie Balfour, M.D., Ph.D., Connections Health Solutions and University of Arizona

Discussion – Panel Session 6 (2:40-3:20 p.m. ET)

Moderator: Matthew Goldman, M.D., King County Crisis Care Center

Wrap-up/Concluding Remarks (3:20-3:30 p.m. ET)

Adjourn (3:30 p.m. ET)