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Affiliated faculty and research

Affiliated faculty and research

Randal A. Beam, Ph.D. Randy BeamUW Dart Endowed Professorship in Journalism and Trauma in the Department of Communication

Randy teaches courses on journalism, media literacy, content analysis and the social construction of news.  Dr. Beam’s research focuses on factors that shape the news, including how the media frame issues related to suicide and suicide prevention.

*Dr. Beam is also on Forefront’s advisory board

Kate Comtois, Ph.D., M.P.H. Kate ComtoisUW Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology

Kate conducts research evaluating mental health services and the implementation of evidence-based practices in large health systems such as the Harborview Hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program.  She is the principal investigator many clinical trials to improve services to suicidal individuals.

Taryn Lindhorst, M.S.W, Ph.D. Taryn LindhorstCarol LaMare Associate Professor, UW School of Social Work

Taryn, a social worker for 15 years in public health and bereavement settings prior to receiving her doctorate, leads the health concentration in the School of Social Work. She uses qualitative methods in her suicide-related work examining the framing and determinants of media coverage on suicide.

James Mazza, Ph.D. UW Professor in the College of Education and the Director of the School Psychology Program

Jim has been in the field of suicidology for 20 years, examining the risk and protective factors of youth engaged in suicidal behavior. Dr. Mazza was a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and currently is developing training programs and curriculum to assist educators and mental health professionals in working with at-risk or suicidal youth. 

Elizabeth McCauley, Ph.D. UW Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of Child Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Elizabeth has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of depressed youth across a continuum of medial and community settings. She and her colleagues are engaged in investigations exploring the development pathways of youth with depressive disorders and testing the efficacy of a school and a clinic intervention program with the goal of reducing depression, suicidal ideation and self-harming behaviors among adolescents.

*Dr. McCauley is also on Forefront’s advisory board

Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. UW Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Paul is a clinical psychologist involved in the development and dissemination of suicide prevention trainings as the founder and CEO of the QPR Institute. He’s authored Suicide: the Forever Decision, in addition to many professional articles and book chapters.

*Dr. Quinnett is also on Forefront’s advisory board

Jennifer Stuber, Ph.D. UW Associate Professor in the School of Social Work

Jenn has a teaching specialization in politics and policy making and mental health policy in particular.  Dr. Stuber’s research is focused on societal attitudes about mental illness; factors that shape these attitudes including news media coverage; and the consequences of stigmatizing public attitudes.

*Dr. Stuber is also the Faculty Director of Forefront

Elaine Walsh, Ph.D., R.N. Elaine Walsh UW Associate professor in the Department of Psychosocial and Community Health, School of Nursing

Elaine is certified as a Child/Adolescent Psychiatric-Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist who has experience working with hospitals, schools, and community-based organizations on suicide prevention.  Dr. Walsh’s research interests include prevention of suicide and co-occurring behaviors, program evaluation, and translation of research interventions to community-based settings.