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The mission of SPRINT is to serve as a national resource that accelerates VA suicide prevention research to improve care and prevent Veteran suicide. SPRINT supports VA as a Learning Health System by collecting and disseminating up-to-date information about active projects, state of the evidence, sources of data, and partner priorities to facilitate synergies and reduce duplications of effort; supports a collaborative network of researchers and partners dedicated to advancing high-quality, high-impact suicide prevention research; works with VA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) and other partners and stakeholders to promote a focused suicide prevention research agenda; collaborates with ORD and partners to facilitate innovative research that addresses high priority areas; and seeks to develop common data infrastructure and leverage shared knowledge to facilitate translation and implementation of suicide prevention research findings into policy and practice.

The Principal Investigators of SPRINT are:

  • Steven Dobscha, MD (Corresponding PI, HSRD), VA Portland Health Care System; HSRD Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC); Communications and Priorities
  • Brian Marx, PhD (Corresponding PI, CSRD), VA Boston Healthcare System, National Center for PTSD; Data Access and Curation
  • Marianne Goodman, MD, James J Peters VA Medical Center, VISN 2 Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Methods and Clinical Trials
  • Richard Owen, MD, VA Central Arkansas Healthcare System (VACAHS), Community Engagement
  • Mark Ilgen, PhD, VA Ann Arbor, Center for Clinical Management (CCMR); Measurement and Tools Development
  • Alejandro Interian, PhD, VA New Jersey Healthcare System; Education and Professional Development
  • Nathan Kimbrel, PhD, VA Durham Healthcare System, Mid-Atlantic MIRECC; Precision Medicine

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SPRINT’s Partners include:

SPRINT Network Members

As of December 2022, approximately 440 individuals leading or planning active suicide prevention research projects were members of the network. If you have an active or planned suicide prevention research or demonstration project, and are not already on our list, please reach out to tell us about it!

Collaborators for Multi-site Projects

SPRINT has a list of researchers and facilities interested in potentially collaborating on suicide prevention research projects. SPRINT encourages you can contact us if you would like information on potential collaborators, or to volunteer your site. We will provide this list to investigators whom may contact you to discuss collaboration opportunities. We are particularly interested in identifying potential sites from the Midwest and South, but all potential sites are welcome!

If your facility/program would be potentially interested in participating as a site for a multi-site suicide prevention research project, or if you would like access to the existing list, please email

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Suicide Prevention Trials Database

VA's Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) is pleased to announce the launch of the Suicide Prevention Trials Database (SPTD). Learn more

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