Senior Director, Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Shauna Springer, Ph.D., is the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors. Dr. Springer is a licensed Psychologist with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and a doctoral degree from the University of Florida. Prior to her current role at TAPS, she served as a front-line psychologist in a Department of Veterans Affairs behavioral health clinic. She helped launch the peer support program in her clinic, and continually innovated to better serve the veterans on her caseload. Known to many veterans as “Doc Springer,” she has helped hundreds of warriors reconnect with their tribe, strengthen their most important relationships, and build lives that are driven by their deepest values. She has developed expertise in several critical subjects that have not been well explored as yet – for example – moral injury, how to approach conversations about firearm safety, the links between shame, grief and suicidal ideation, the ways that current suicide prevention approaches may be failing us, the trust gap between warriors and civilian treatment providers, and the bond between veterans and their trusted healers.
Dr. Springer’s suicide prevention work (the Warrior Box Project) has been featured on NPR (Snap Judgment: “Shrapnel”), the NBC nightly news, KCBS radio, and Veterans Voices. She is the lead subject matter expert for the monthly television program Veterans Voices of Contra Costa County and has made over 10 appearances on the show for topics like moral injury, suicide prevention innovations, substance abuse, healthy relationships during and after the military, high-dose caffeine use in the veteran population, collaboration among leadership in veteran service organizations, and stellate ganglion block, a promising new treatment for post-traumatic stress. She has also interviewed Navy Cross recipient and best-selling author of “What it is Like to Go to War” Karl Marlantes (September 18, 2017) and nationally known TBI expert and former professional wrestler Dr. Chris Nowinski (February 19, 2018).
Dr. Springer has written impactful pieces for We are the Mighty, Team Rubicon, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the TAPS Magazine, and the Cohen Veterans Network Blog. In addition, she hosts a Psychology Today blog series that has had over 1.5 million hits, which takes a thoughtful approach to challenging topics such as “Is Suicide Selfish?”