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Jason I. Chen, PhD – Career Development Awardee

Jason I. Chen, PhD Jason I. Chen, PhD
VA Portland Health Care System
Portland, OR 


Jason I. Chen, PhD, is a Core Investigator at the VA HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida in 2016 where he focused on mechanisms of suicide risk and the implementation and dissemination of suicide prevention programming. Dr. Chen completed his APA accredited internship at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System and a postdoctoral fellowship in health services research at CIVIC. Dr. Chen is currently funded on a 5-year, VA HSR&D Career Development Award titled, "Enhancing Social Connectedness Among Veterans at High Risk for Suicide through Community Engagement." His research lab, Connecting Communities for Suicide Prevention (CCSP), studies suicide prevention for high-risk populations, with a focus on care transitions, suicide exposure, community-based approaches, and help-seeking processes including public health messaging. Dr. Chen recently received a new VA HSR&D IIR award titled, "Serving All Who Have Served: Enhancing Suicide-Related Care Quality for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Veterans," which plans to identify ways to improve suicide-related care among Veterans holding BIPOC identities. Dr. Chen also serves on the OHSU Zero Suicide Initiative Committee where he provides technical support and training for OHSU staff and community partners.

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