Safety Planning Intervention
A brief intervention for reducing suicide risk

About the Authors

Barbara Stanley, Ph.D.

Dr. Stanley is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. She is also a Research Scientist and Director of the Suicide Intervention Center at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. Dr Stanley is the principal investigator on several NIMH and foundation grants investigating clinical and neurobiological factors and intervention strategies related to suicidal behavior, self injury, and borderline personality disorder. She is the author of more than 150 publications and serves as editor in chief of the Archives of Suicide Research and is a standing member of the Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging NIH CSR study section. She serves as a charter member of the American Psychological Association's Committee on Human Research and is a member of the Board of Directors of PRIM&R, the largest national research ethics organization. She has received several awards including the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Outstanding Research Award and the Suicide Prevention Center of New York Research Award. With her colleague, Dr. Gregory Brown, she developed the Safety Planning Intervention that is used throughout the VA and on crisis hotlines across the United States and internationally. She is working with the VA to develop more effective intervention strategies for treating suicidal veterans in urgent care settings.


Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D.

Dr. Brown is a Research Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and a VISN 4 MIRECC Investigator and Clinical Psychologist at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. He is the Director of the Center for the Prevention of Suicide at the University of Pennsylvania. His research has focused on developing, evaluating, and disseminating targeted, psychotherapy interventions for individuals who are indicated as being at high risk for suicide. His areas of expertise include suicide risk assessment and brief treatments for the prevention of suicide behavior such as cognitive therapy and safety plan intervention.

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