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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.

For Aspiring Graduate Students

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 2016-2017 academic year. Although final determinations regarding recruitment will be made during the fall 2016 semester, and are influenced in part by the availability of grant funding in the NCVS, I am anticipating recruiting a student this coming year.

Due to large (and growing) volume of applications received each year for graduate enrollment, I am unfortunately unable to accommodate 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.

For Undergraduate Students Seeking Research Experience

We are accepting applications for undergraduate research assistants during the 2016-2017 academic year. Interested students should send (1) a resume and (2) a 1-2 page personal statement to my Research Lab Manager: Mira Reynolds,


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)
Graduate Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania (Applied Statistics, 2015)

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


r. Craig J. Bryan, PsyD, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology, and is currently the Executive 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 manages numerous federally-funded projects in excess of $10 million, to include studies testing cognitive behavioral treatments for suicidal service members, developing innovative methods to identify and detect high-risk military personnel and veterans, and disseminating effective treatments to health care providers and the public. Dr. Bryan has published over 120 scientific articles and several books including Managing Suicide Risk in Primary Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts: A Guide to Brief Treatments Across Clinical Settings, and the Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans and Service Members: A Guide for the Non-Military Mental Health Clinician. He is the lead risk management consultant for the $25 million STRONG STAR Research Consortium and the $45 million Consortium to Alleviate PTSD, which investigates treatments for combat-related PTSD among military personnel, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Suicidology. He is considered leading national expert on military and veteran suicide. For his contributions to military mental health and suicide prevention, Dr. Bryan has received numerous awards and recognitions including the Arthur W. Melton Award for Early Career Achievement, the Peter J.N. Linnerooth National Service Award, and the Charles S. Gersoni Military Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; and the Edwin S Shneidman Award for outstanding contributions to research in suicide from the American Association of Suicidology.

Last Updated: 8/22/16