Randy teaches journalism, media literacy, content analysis and the social construction of news. Dr. Beam’s research focuses on factors that shape the news, including how the media frame issues related to suicide and suicide prevention.
Kate conducts research evaluating mental health services and the implementation of evidence-based practices in large health systems such as the Harborview Hospital’s Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. She is the principal investigator many clinical trials to improve services to suicidal individuals.
Taryn, a social worker for 15 years in public health and bereavement settings prior to receiving her doctorate, leads the health concentration in the School of Social Work. She uses qualitative methods in her suicide-related work examining the framing and determinants of media coverage on suicide.
Jim has been in the field of suicidology for 20 years, examining the risk and protective factors of youth engaged in suicidal behavior. Dr. Mazza was a past president of the American Association of Suicidology and currently is developing training programs and curriculum to assist educators and mental health professionals in working with at-risk or suicidal youth.
Paul is a clinical psychologist involved in the development and dissemination of suicide prevention trainings as the founder and CEO of the QPR Institute. He authored Suicide: the Forever Decision, which he made available for free to the public online, and is a member emeritus of Forefront’s Advisory Board.
Elaine Walsh is an ANCC Certified Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She has a Master of Nursing from UCLA and a PhD in Nursing from the University of Washington. Dr. Walsh’s research interests include prevention of suicide and co-occurring behaviors, program evaluation, and translation of research interventions to community settings. She is a member of the King County Suicide Prevention Coalition and an affiliate faculty member of Forefront Suicide Prevention, based at the UW’s School of Social Work.