KEITA FRANKLIN, LCSW, Ph.D.
Dr. Keita Franklin, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the National Director of Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of
Veterans Affairs Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Dr.Franklin serves as the principal advisor to VA leadership for all matters pertaining to suicide prevention. She leads a team of experts engaged in research, program evaluation, innovation, program development, data and surveillance, and partnerships. Before joining VA, Dr. Franklin served as the Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office where she was responsible for policy and oversight of the U.S. Department of Defense suicide prevention programs.