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Clinical Workforce Preparedness Task Force

The task force led Action Alliance efforts to ensure that health care professionals are appropriately trained in suicide prevention and care for suicide risk. Areas of focus included.

This work is now led by the Transforming Health Systems Implementation Group.

Note: This group is no longer active. Titles and affiliations are from the time of membership and may have since changed.


  • Brian J. Boon, PhD, President/CEO, CARF International (Private Sector)

  • Alexander F. Ross, ScD, Senior Advisor for Behavioral Health, Division of Nursing and Public Health, Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (Public Sector)


  • Laurie Davidson, MA, Project Manager for Provider Initiatives, Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), Education Development Center (EDC)
  • Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD, Director of Prevention and Practice, SPRC, EDC
  • Nina Heller, PhD, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Connecticut
  • Alan Holmlund, MSW, Director, Suicide Prevention Program, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Mitch Jewett, RN, CEN, CPEN., Director, Emergency Nurses Association
  • Cynthia Kane-Hyman, CNS, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
  • Linda Kaplan, MA, Sr. Public Health Advisor, Division of Service Improvements, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS
  • Bradley E. Karlin, PhD, Chief, Mental Health and Aging & Distinguished Scholar, EDC
  • Susan G. Keys, PhD, Special Advisor on Mental Health, Director of Research, Inspire USA Foundation
  • Debra Klamen, MD, MHPE, Associate Dean for Education and Curriculum, School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University
  • Jon Lemich, MA, Program and Grants Manager, National Association of School Nurses
  • Richard Lieberman, MA, NCSP, School Psychologist/Consultant, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Loyola Marymount University
  • Lynn Linde, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor in Education, Director of Clinical Programs, School of Education, Loyola University Maryland
  • Brent Longtin, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, Western Divisions, HCA Healthcare
  • Erin Mahn, Government Affairs and Policy Assistant, National Rural Health Association
  • Anthony R. Pisani, PhD, Assistant Professor, Psychiatry (Psychology) and Pediatrics, Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Scott Poland, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University
  • Verl T. Pope, EdD, LPC, NCC, CCMHC, ACS, Professor & Chair, Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership, Northern Kentucky University
  • M. David Rudd, PhD, ABPP, President, University of Memphis
  • Heather Stokes, LCSW, Vice President, Business Development, LivingWorks Education, LP
  • Brian Van Brunt, EdD, Senior Vice President for Professional Program Development, The NCHERM Group, LLC

Staff Support

  • Lori A. Rogers, MPA, Resource Generalist, CARF International

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