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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention - Nathaniel Mohatt PhD

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 5 February 2020


Nathaniel (Nate) MohattNathaniel (Nate) Mohatt PhD
Title: Research Psychologist and Assistant Professor
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Biography: Nathaniel Mohatt is a community psychologist, with extensive experience working with rural, indigenous, and military and veteran communities. His areas of expertise are developing community-based suicide prevention programs, empowerment and participatory research methods to reduce health disparities, and cross-cultural considerations for suicide prevention.
Dr Mohatt holds appointments as a Research Psychologist with the VA’s Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (RMIRECC); an Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Colorado Denver (UCD) School of Medicine; and a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, Division of Prevention and Community Research. He additionally serves as a subject matter expert in psychological health and prevention research for the Department of Defense Military Operational Medicine Research Program.
Since 2004, Dr. Mohatt has worked in rural community healthcare and research to address needs including suicide, substance abuse, housing, cardiovascular disease, and mental illness. His work has included research, policy development, and health services management with American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities, state governments, low income inner-city neighborhoods, and Military and Veteran populations. By collaborating with communities, he seeks to improve the design and implementation of suicide prevention and related health programs for rural communities.
He is principle investigator for the VA Office of Rural Health’s Together With Veterans Rural Veterans Suicide Prevention Program; Co-PI for a study developing and testing a new program for Native American Veteran suicide prevention; and Co-I for the Assessing Social and Community Environment with National Data (ASCEND) for Veteran Suicide Prevention study, which aims to develop a recurring national surveillance survey on Veteran suicide risk and protective factors. Dr. Mohatt additionally serves as Co-Chair of the Indigenous Interest Group for the Society for Community Research and Action and as a member of the International Advisory Board for the Centre for Cross Cultural Research at Victoria University in Wellington, NZ.

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Current Research

Development and dissemination of Together With Veterans
Rural Veteran Suicide Prevention. This 5-year VA Office of Rural Health project will prepare for national roll out a community-based and public health approach to suicide prevention for Veterans and their families who live in rural communities.
The Coalition for Recovery and Innovation in Traumatic Brain Injury Care Across the Lifespan (CRITICAL)
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is now recognized as a chronic condition, with life-long health implications. This project will establish a TBI patient and stakeholder advisory committee to steer patient-centered TBI outcomes research. The study objectives are: 1) to develop resources and strategies for engaging those with moderate to severe TBI and associated cognitive impairments in Community Based Participatory Research; and 2) to establish a research agenda for clinical effectiveness research to improve patient-defined TBI outcomes across the lifespan.
A 2-year Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to engage individuals living with moderate to severe TBI in a research advisory panel and collaborate with them to develop a new research agenda on improving long-term rehabilitation and chronic health outcomes post-TBI.
Evaluation for the Rehabilitation Services Volunteer Partnership of Colorado
A free rehabilitation clinic being established in the Denver area to provide rehabilitation care to individuals without health insurance or access to other care.
Suicide and suicide related behaviors among rural American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans
Secondary data analysis to identify characteristics associated with suicide and suicide related behaviors among rural American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.

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Recent Publications

Mohatt NV, Billera M, Demers N, Monteith LL, Bahraini NH. A menu of options: Resources for preventing veteran suicide in rural communities. Psychol Serv. 2018 Aug;15(3):262-269. doi: 10.1037/ser0000203. PubMed PMID: 30080083.

Mohatt, N. V., Boeckmann, R., Winkle, N., Mohatt, D. F., & Shore, J. H. (In Press) Military and Veterans Mental Health First Aid: Development and Preliminary Efficacy of a Community Training for Improving Knowledge, Attitudes, and Helping Behaviors. Military Medicine.

Henry, D, Dymnicki, A., Mohatt, N. V., Allen, J, & Kelly, J. G. (2015). Clustering Methods with Qualitative Data: A Mixed Methods Approach for Prevention Research with Small Samples. Prevention Science,16(7), 1007-1016.

Mohatt, N. V., Hunter, B. A., Matlin, S. L., Golden, J., Evans Jr., A. C., Tebes, & J. K. (2015). From recovery-oriented care to public health: Case studies of participatory public art as a pathway to wellness for persons with behavioral health challenges. Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health, 2(1), 9-18.

Mohatt, N. V. (2014) Forward to ecological description of a multi-level community-based cultural intervention: Reflections on culturally-situated participatory research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54(1-2), 81-82.

Mohatt, N. V., Thompson, A. B., Thai, N. D., & Tebes, J. K. (2014). Historical trauma as public narrative: A conceptual review of how history impacts present-day health. Social Science & Medicine 106, 128-136.

McFaul, M., Mohatt, N. V., & Dehay, T. (2014). Development, Evaluation, and Refinement of the Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 38(2), 116-127.

Mohatt, N. V., Singer, J., Evans, A., Matlin, S. Golden, J., Harris, C., Burns, J., Siciliano, C., Kiernan, G., Pelleritti, M., & Tebes, J. K. (2013). A community’s response to suicide through public arts participation: Stakeholder perspectives from the Finding the Light Within project and mural. American Journal of Community Psychology.

Mohatt, N. V., Fok, C. C. T., Burket, R., Henry, D., & Allen, J. (2011). Assessment of awareness of connectedness as a culturally-based protective factor for Alaska Native youth. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 17(4), 444.

Complete List of Published Work in MyBibliography.

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Selected Presentations

Mohatt, N. V. Revisiting Historical Trauma Research in the 21st Century. Native American pre-conference of the fourth Biennial Division 45 Research Conference, Stanford University, CA, July 7th, 2016.

Mohatt, N.V. & Demers, N. Together with Veterans: Community-Based Rural Veteran Suicide Prevention. Improving Combat Veterans Care. Sioux Falls, SD, May 13, 2016.

Mohatt, N. V. Community Engagement in Rural Areas. American Association of Suicidology, Chicago, IL, April 2, 2016.

Mohatt, N. V. Rural Veteran Suicide Prevention: A Community-Based Public Health Strategy. Academic Health Center Duluth Research Seminar Series. University of Minnesota School of Medicine and University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy, Duluth, MN, January 27, 2016.

Mohatt, N. V. From Recovery-Oriented Care to Public Health: Changing the Relationship Between Communities and People in Treatment for Mental Illness and Addiction. 2015 National Dialogues on Behavioral Health. New Orleans, LA, November 9, 2015.

Mohatt, N. V. Mental Health First Aid for Military Service Members and Veterans. Invited speaker at the luncheon for the national roll out of Mental Health First Aid for Veterans by the National Council for Behavioral Health. National Press Club, Washington, D.C., April 24, 2014.

Mohatt, N. V. Panel chair for Community Based Participatory Research to develop culturally-situated measures: Measuring behavioral health prevention outcomes with Alaska Native communities, Native Health Research Conference, Seattle, WA, June 2012.

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