Impact Group



  • Provide technical assistance to the Action Alliance on priority development
  • Develop implementation models
  • Assess the impact of proposed suicide prevention initiatives


  • Eric Caine, MD – Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Rochester
  • Jane Pearson, PhD – Chair, Suicide Research Consortium; Division of Services and Intervention Research, National Institute of Mental Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


  • C. Hendricks Brown, PhD, Director, Center for Prevention Implementation Methodology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Anthony Durso, DSc, Colonel, United States Army (Retired)
  • DeQuincy Lezine, PhD, President and CEO, Prevention Communities
  • Richard McKeon, PhD, MPH, Branch Chief, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ted Miller, PhD, Principal Research Scientist, Center for Public Health Improvement and Innovation, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
  • Rajeev Ramchand, PhD, Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Jerry Reed, PhD, MSW, Director, Center for the Study and Prevention for Injury, Violence, and Suicide, EDC
  • Deb Stone, ScD, MSW, MPH, Behavioral Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention, Research and Evaluation Branch
  • * Staff Support: Clayton Kratz, Senior Administrative Assitant, Center for the Study and Prevention for Injury, Violence, and Suicide; Suicide Prevention Resource Center; EDC
  • * Staff Support: Natalie Mai-Dixon, MA, Administrator, Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention (ICRC-S), University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry

Organization and Mission

  • The Impact Group (IG) will support the development of priorities for effectively implementing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP). The group will be led by Eric Caine, MD, Director of Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention. Membership will be a mix of senior suicide prevention policy experts and scientists.
  • The IG will meet Action Alliance needs by: 1) establishing which of many potential prevention initiatives will have the greatest likelihood to measurably and substantially lower the national rate of suicide and attempted suicide, and the rates of suicide and attempted suicide in key groups of interest; 2) working with “implementers” within or outside the Action Alliance, as well as other components of the Action Alliance, to monitor and assess ongoing efforts; and 3) evaluating outcomes.

Proposed Functions of the Impact Group

  • Defining Priorities and Modeling
    • Working with stakeholders, change advocates & champions, implementers, etc, to clarify exactly what they propose to do in the context of the NSSP, with the aim of developing specific goals, measures/metrics, and whenever possible, simulations, that help to lay out benchmarks and proposed outcome targets.  Review findings from activities outlined above to define and clarify priority initiatives from among those proposed that have the greatest potential.
    • Providing this information to the EXCOM as data for its consideration, along with inputs from other advisors, as it determines priorities.  The IG is not intended to serve as in-house advocate for specific priorities, beyond reflecting the likely impact of initiatives within the constraints arising from the variable quality of available data.
  • Monitoring
    • Working with implementers as consultants to help them establish and maintain the measures/metrics—process, impact, and outcome—appropriate to the initiative. This work could reach beyond the Action Alliance, across the US, and elsewhere.  This grows directly from the activities above.
    • Assisting the EXCOM/Action Alliance in reviewing periodic reports on the status of the implementation of the NSSP, in coordination with agencies of the Federal Government, their funded activities (e.g., SPRC) and other appropriate stakeholders.
  • Assessing Outcomes
    • Working with the implementers of strategic initiatives, agencies, the Action Alliance, etc., to interpret data from measures/metrics and assess their impact on suicidal thoughts and behaviors, benchmarked against goals established as part of the initial modeling exercise as well as published rates, etc.  (Some outcome measures may not be rates per se, but important agreed-upon intermediate indices.)