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Craig J. Bryan, Psy.D.


Curriculum Vitae
National Center for Veterans Studies

Program for Underrepresented and Disadvantaged Scholars


Office: Gardner Commons Suite 3525
Phone: 801-587-7978


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


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

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 or phone calls.

Before emailing me to ask about my research program or intentions for future research, please review the following information:

  • Information about my current research and future research direction can be found on the National Center for Veterans Studies website (
  • Personal statements are given considerable weight in the selections process. I carefully review personal statements and previous experience to determine if each applicant's research interests and career goals are consistent with the work we conduct at the National Center for Veterans Studies.
  • I do not use hard cutoff scores when reviewing applications, but the average applicant in our program has an undergraduate GPA above 3.7 and scores above the 60th-70th percentile on GREs.

**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 have served in the U.S. military.

For Undergraduate Students Seeking Research Experience

Undergraduate students interested in volunteering to work on studies focused on military suicide prevention and PTSD can submit an application online. Applications are reviewed as they are received. If you are selected for an interview, you will be notified within two weeks via email and asked to submit a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae (CV) via email.

Before submitting your application, be sure that you have visited and read through the NCVS website to learn about current and ongoing projects.


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)


A comprehensive list of publications can be found on


Erika Roberge
Kent Hinkson
Julia Harris
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Dr. 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: 12/12/19