Executive Director, National Center for Veteran Studies, University of Utah
Dr. Craig J. Bryan, Psy.D., ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in cognitive behavioral psychology and is currently the Executive Director of the National Center for Veteran Studies at The University of Utah. Dr. Bryan received his Psy.D. 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 shortly after his deployment and currently researches suicidal behaviors and suicide prevention strategies, and psychological health and resiliency. He has been a lead researcher on several treatment studies testing cognitive-behavioral treatments for suicidal service members, totaling approximately $5 million, 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 has served on the Board of Directors of the American Association for Suicidology, and is considered a leading national expert on military suicide. He consults with the Department of Defense for psychological health promotion initiatives and suicide prevention, and has briefed Congressional leaders on these topics. He regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals about managing suicidal patients, and has authored over 100 scientific publications and book chapters, including the book, Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Preventing Suicide Attempts: A Guide to Brief Treatments Across Clinical Settings, and the forthcoming book, Handbook of Psychosocial Interventions for Veterans: A Guide for the Non Military Mental Health Clinician.
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.