Health Services Research

Suicide prevention • Adverse event tracking • Diversity in mental health research

Combining clinical and public health backgrounds gives us a clear perspective on what’s needed to understand and improve health services. We’ve been involved in projects ranging from plastic surgery outcomes to electroconvulsive therapy regulatory review and can quickly use our skills to address a variety of problems.

Selected projects and outputs

Operation HEAL: Suicide prevention through video games and social media

This 2018 conference, co-created by Dr. Colder Carras and Mike Jonas and sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Veterans Integrated Service Network 5 (VISN 5), brought together leaders from healthcare, business, and academia to talk about promising practice and research in using video games and social media to promote good mental health. The interactive online conference offered continuing education credits and featured contributions from the VA, the National Center for Veterans Studies, Stack Up, Qntfy, Warfighter Engaged, Digital Vets, and Anxiety Gaming.

Community Case Study: Stack Up’s Overwatch Program, an Online Suicide Prevention and Peer Support Program for Video Gamers

This peer reviewed paper provides a formative evaluation of an online crisis prevention program developed by a video gaming community organization and delivered through Discord. By combining aspects of virtual gaming communities, veteran mental health, and community-based peer support, this program provides an innovative format for implementing crisis intervention and mental health support programs.