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Craig J. Bryan, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Contact Information

Office: 710 BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-7978
Email: craig.bryan@utah.edu

Research Interests

Suicide
Military mental health
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Evidence-based treatments
Primary care behavioral health

Opportunities For Students

There are ample research opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students to volunteer in the National Center for Veterans Studies on a number of Dr. Bryan's research studies. NCVS projects focus primarily on military mental health issues, particularly suicide risk and combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Bryan will be recruiting graduate students during the upcoming academic year. Qualified military personnel and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.

We are accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants during the 2014-2015 academic year. Interested students should send a resume and a 1-2 page personal statement to my Research Lab Manager: AnnaBelle Bryan, annabelle.bryan@csbs.utah.edu.

Education

Psy.D., Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Clinical Psychology, 2006)
M.S., Baylor University, Waco, Texas (Clinical Psychology, 2004)
B.S., University of Evansville, Evansville, Indiana (Psychology, 2001)

Selected Publications

Bryan, C.J., & Clemans, T.A. (in press). Repetitive traumatic brain injury, psychological symptoms, and suicide risk in a clinical sample of deployed military personnel. JAMA Psychiatry.

Bryan, C.J., Hernandez, A.M., Allison, S., & Clemans, T. (in press). Combat exposure and suicidality in two samples of military personnel. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Bryan, C.J., Ray-Sannerud, B., Morrow, C.E., & Etienne, N. (in press). Guilt is more strongly associated with suicidal ideation among military personnel with direct combat exposure. Journal of Affective Disorders. Download

Bryan, C.J., Rudd, M.D., & Wertenberger, E. (2013). Reasons for suicide attempts among active duty Soldiers: a functional approach. Journal of Affective Disorders, 144, 148-152. Download

Bryan, C.J., Clemans, T.A., Hernandez, A.M., & Rudd, M.D. (2013). Loss of consciousness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide risk among deployed military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28, 13-20. Download

Bryan, C.J., Corso, M.L., Corso, K.A., Morrow, C.E., Kanzler, K.E., & Ray-Sannerud, B. (2012). Severity of mental health impairment and trajectories of improvement in an integrated primary care clinic. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 396-403.

Bryan, C.J., Jennings, K.W., Jobes, D.A., & Bradley, J.C. (2012). Understanding and preventing military suicide. Archives of Suicide Research, 16, 95-110.

Biography

Dr. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is currently the Associate Director of the National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his PsyD in clinical psychology in 2006 from Baylor University, and completed his clinical psychology residency at the Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland Air Force Base, TX. He was retained as faculty in the Department of Psychology at Wilford Hall Medical Center, where he was Chief of the Primary Care Psychology Service, as well as the Suicide Prevention Program Manager for Lackland AFB. Dr. Bryan deployed to Balad, Iraq, in 2009, where he served as the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic at the Air Force Theater Hospital. Dr. Bryan separated from active duty service shortly after his deployment, and currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency. He currently oversees two treatment studies totaling approximately $3 million testing cognitive behavioral treatments for suicidal service members, and is the lead risk management consultant for the $25 million STRONG STAR Research Consortium investigating treatments for combat-related PTSD among military personnel. Dr. Bryan is on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Suicidology, and is considered a leading national expert on military suicide. For his contributions to military suicide prevention, posttraumatic stress disorder, and traumatic brain injury, Dr. Bryan was recognized in 2009 by the Society for Military Psychology with the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement and in 2013 by Psychologists in Public Service with the Peter J.N. Linnerooth National Service Award.