Craig J. Bryan, Psy.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Contact Information

Office: 710 BEHS
Phone: (801) 587-7978

Research Interests

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.

Decisions about which clinical faculty members will be prioritized for student recruitment will not be finalized until the fall semester. As such, it is possible that I will be recruiting graduate students to enroll during the 2015-2016 academic year. Because I have recruited students consistently during the past two years, I am relatively lower on the priority list for recruitment relative to other faculty members in the clinical area. Final determinations regarding recruitment will be made during the fall 2015 semester, and are influenced in part by the availability of grant funding in the NCVS.

Due to large (and growing) volume of applications received each year for graduate enrollment, I am unable to acccommodate requests to meet personally with aspiring students for campus visits.

Before emailing me to ask what my research focuses on or what I'm looking for in a student, please review the projects currently underway in the National Center for Veterans Studies: I do not use any hard cutoff scores when reviewing applications, but the average applicant has an undergraduate GPA above 3.7 and scores above the 60th-70th percentile on GREs. I also carefully review personal statements and previous experience to determine applicants' research interests and career goals are consistent with my work in the National Center for Veterans Studies. Personal statements are given considerable weight in the selections process.

**Qualified individuals from underrepresented backgrounds, to include military personnel and veterans, are especially encouraged to apply.**

Approximately 50% of graduate and undergraduate students in my lab are military personnel or veterans.

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,


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

Rudd, M..D., Bryan, C.J., Wertenberger, E.G.., Peterson, A.L., Young-McCaughan, S., Mintz, J., Williams, S.R., Arne, K.A., Breitbach, J., Delano, K., Wilkinson, E., & Bruce, T.O. (in press). Brief cognitive behavioral therapy effects on post-treatment suicide attempts in a military sample: results of a 2-year randomized clinical trial. American Journal of Psychiatry.

Bryan, C.J., & Clemans, T.A. (2013). Repetitive traumatic brain injury, psychological symptoms, and suicide risk in a clinical sample of deployed military personnel. JAMA Psychiatry, 70, 686-691.

Bryan, C.J., Rudd, M.D., Wertenberger, E., Etienne, N., Ray-Sannerud, B.N., Peterson, A.L., & Young-McCaughon, S. (2014). Improving the detection and prediction of suicidal behavior among military personnel by measuring suicidal beliefs: an evaluation of the Suicide Cognitions Scale. Journal of Affective Disorders, 159, 15-22.

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.

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.

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.

My current graduate students

Erika Roberge
Andrea Wolfe
Kent Hinkson
Julia Harris


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.