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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 6 February 2020


Dr. Jennifer Olson-MaddenJennifer Olson-Madden PhD
Title: Director of Training, Advanced Psychology Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment: Suicide Prevention
Clinical/Research Psychologist
Accepting fellowship applications for the 2019-2021 years
Dr. Jennifer H. Olson-Madden obtained a PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver in 2007. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Denver VA Medical Center Eastern Colorado Health Services Center and the advanced psychology post-doctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC). She is a licensed Psychologist in the state of Colorado. Upon completion of the fellowship, Dr. Olson-Madden joined the staff and faculty of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. Her involvement has included clinical consultation as an expert in suicide assessment and prevention; clinical psychological and neuropsychological screening and assessment; clinical psychotherapy including Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD, Motivational Interviewing; CBT for Depression; Seeking Safety; and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction; and investigatory research as principal investigator and co-investigator on multiple projects. Dr. Olson-Madden is also involved in training soon-to-become and new Psychologists. She serves as the Training Director of the Rocky Mountain MIRECC post-doctoral fellowship in suicide prevention and she also provides mentorship (clinical and research) to post-doctoral fellows and Psychologists. Sheis faculty and training committee member for the pre-doctoral Denver VA psychology internship training committee, providing supervision to practicum students and interns. Dr. Olson-Madden maintains appointments with the University of Colorado School of Medicine as associate professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.
Year of Licensure: 2009
Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Olson-Madden’s clinical interests are in suicide risk assessment and management, TBI and psychiatric comorbidities assessment and treatment, substance use, and PTSD. Much of her clinical work informs her research, and vice versa, particularly as it relates to interventional research. Dr. Olson-Madden’s primary research interests are related to risk reduction and prevention of medical and mental health disorders that are associated with risk for suicide. Broadly, her area of interest includes risk reduction/prevention and recovery from traumatic brain injury and psychiatric comorbidities such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. She has been involved in multiple projects examining the relationship between TBI and poor outcomes with emphases on assessment (screening, psychological assessment, and neurocognitive assessment), intervention, and dissemination of best practices for recovery and rehabilitation in VA and community settings. Dr. Olson-Madden’s work in studying comorbid TBI and substance use disorders has also led to an interest in prevention and intervention efforts targeted toward substance abusing Veterans. She is currently a site-PI for a federally-funded, multi-site, randomized clinical trial examining a CBT intervention for Veterans with substance use disorders who are also at risk for suicide.
Available Project(s) for Fellows: Accepting fellowship applications for 2018-2020. Applicants with interventionalist backgrounds are preferred. Fellows could be involved in current/available projects or may propose projects regarding feasibility and efficacy of a novel or modified intervention/prevention effort targeted towards individuals with comorbid psychiatric and physical health concerns (in particular, TBI). Secondary analyses related to an ongoing RCT of Veterans with suicidal ideation and substance use histories are also possible. Please contact Dr. Olson-Madden for more details, or to discuss possible interventional research ideas prior to applying.

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Peer Reviewed

Fogleman ND, Naaz F, Knight LK, Stoica T, Patton SC, Olson-Madden JH, Barnhart MC, Hostetter TA, Forster J, Brenner LA, Banich MT, Depue BE. Reduced lateral prefrontal cortical volume is associated with performance on the modified Iowa Gambling Task: A surface based morphometric analysis of previously deployed veterans. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Jun 28;267:1-8. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2017.06.014.

Matarazzo BB, Signoracci GM, Brenner LA, Olson-Madden JH. Barriers and Facilitators in Providing Community Mental Health Care to Returning Veterans with a History of Traumatic Brain Injury and Co-occurring Mental Health Symptoms. Community Ment Health J. 2016 Feb;52(2):158-64. doi: 10.1007/s10597-015-9926-9.

Signoracci, GM, Bahraini, NH, Matarazzo, BB, Olson-Madden, JH, Brenner, LA. (published online ahead of print March 25, 2014). Delivering mental health services to OEF/OIF Veterans: A VHA Qualitative Study. Journal of Holistic Nursing. PMID: 24668062

Grant, C., Ballard, E., & Olson-Madden, JH. (published online ahead of print March 2015). An empowerment approach to family caregiver involvement in suicide prevention: Implications for practice. The Family Journal.doi:10.1177/1066480715572962

Signoracci, GM, Bahraini, NH, Matarazzo, BB, Olson-Madden, JH, & Brenner, LA. (published online 25 March 2014). Delivering Mental Health Services to OEF/OIF Veterans: A VHA Qualitative Study. Journal of Holistic Nursing doi:10.1177/0898010114524484.

Depue, BE, Olson-Madden, JH, Smolker HR, Rajamani, M, Brenner, LA, & Banich, MT. (3 March 2014). Reduced amygdala volume is associated with deficits in inhibitory control: A voxel- and surface-based morphometric analysis of comorbid PTSD/mild TBI. BioMed Research International, doi: 10.1155/2014/691505.

Olson-Madden, JH, Homaifar, BY, Hotstetter, TA, Matarazzo, BB, Huggins, J, Foster, JE, Schneider, AL, Nagamoto, HT, Corrigan, JD, & Brenner, LA. (May 2014). Validating the traumatic brain injury-4 (TBI-4) screening measure for veterans seeking mental health treatment with psychiatric inpatient and outpatient service utilization data. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 95(5), 925-929.

Olson-Madden, J., Brenner, L., Matarazzo, B., Signoracci, G., and Members of an Expert TBI Panel. (published online ahead of print January 2013). Identification and Treatment of TBI and Co-Occurring Psychiatric Symptoms among OEF/OIF/OND Veterans Seeking Mental Health Services within the State of Colorado: Establishing Consensus for Best Practices. Community Mental Health, 49, 220-229

Brenner, L.A., Homaifar, BY., Olson-Madden, JH., Nagamoto, HT., Huggins, J., Schneider, AL., … Corrigan, JD. (2013). Prevalence and screening of traumatic brain injury among Veterans seeking mental health services. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 28(1), 21-30

Olson-Madden, JH, Forster, JE, Huggins, J, Schneider, A. (2012 Sep-Oct). Psychiatric Diagnoses, Mental Health Utilization, High-Risk behaviors, and Self-Directed Violence among Veterans with Comorbid History of Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use Disorders. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 27 (5), 370-378.

Olson-Madden, JH, Brenner, LA, Corrigan, JD, Emrick, CD., & Britton, PC. (published online ahead of print May 17, 2012). Substance use and mild traumatic brain injury risk reduction and prevention: A novel model for treatment. Rehabilitation Research and Practice, doi: 10.1155/2012/174579.

Olson-Madden, J., Brenner, L., Harwood, JF, Emrick, C., Corrigan, JD., Thompson, C. Traumatic Brain Injury and Psychiatric Diagnoses in Veterans Seeking Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment. (2010 Nov-Dec). Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 25(6), 470-479.

Gutierrez, P., Brenner, L., Staves, P., Olson-Madden, J., Breshears, R., Homaifar, B., Betthauser, L., Adler, L. (2009) Outpatient Consultation as a Means of Suicide Prevention: A VA Model. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40(6), 586-592.

Other Publications

Davidson, C.L., Olson-Madden, J.H., Betz, M.E., & Allen, MH. (November 2014). Emergency Department Identification, Assessment, and Management of the Suicidal Patient. In S.H. Koslow, P Ruiz & C.B. Nemeroff (Eds.), A Concise Guide To Understanding Suicide. Cambridge University Press.

Homaifar, B.Y., Olson-Madden, J.H., Matarazzo, B., & Brenner, L.A. (Septmeber 2014). Assessment of Mood Disorders and Suicidal Thoughts and Behavior in Veterans. In S. Bush (Ed.), Psychological Assessment of Veterans. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Brenner LA, Gutierrez PM, Huggins J, Olson-Madden, J. (2010). Suicide and traumatic brain injury. In (Eds. Berman AL, Pompili, M) Medical Conditions Associated with Suicide Risk. Washington, DC: American Association of Suicidology.

Olson-Madden, J. (2008). TBI in military personnel and veterans. In Self Advocacy for Independent Life (SAIL). (Ed. Hawley, L.) Brain Injury Association of Colorado.

Olson-Madden, J. (2008). Suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In Self Advocacy for Independent Life (SAIL). (Ed. Hawley, L.). Brain Injury Association of Colorado

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HRSA Implementation: Justice Involved Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA); Site Co-PI

Intervening To Reduce Suicide Risk in Veterans with Substance Use Disorders
Military Operational Medicine Research Program, USAMRMC; Site PI

Executive Dysfunction and Suicidal Behavior: An Examination of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or Both.
Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund; Co-Investigator

Use of a Traumatic Brain Injury Screen in a Veteran Mental Health Population: Prevalence, Validation and Psychiatric Outcomes
Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund; Co-Investigator

Traumatic Brain Injury Partnership
HRSA; Site Principal Investigator

Cognitive Processing Therapy After-Care
VA Office of Rural Health; Co-Investigator

Development of an Intervention for Soldiers and Veterans with Co-Occurring Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Use Disorders
Department of Defense Deployment Related Medical Research Program of the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP); Principal Investigator

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