Lisa Brenner, PhD
Professor, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

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Graduate Schools :
  • MS, Wright Institute (1995)
  • PhD, Wright Institute (1997)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, Brandeis University (MA) (1991)
Internship:
  • Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (1997)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Professional Titles

  • Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC), Director
  • Vice Chair of Research, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Recognition & Awards

  • Roger G. Baker Distinguished Research Contribution Award, Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association (2018)
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division 22 (2014)
  • Special Contribution Award, Association of VA Psychology Leaders (2012)

Research Interests

Traumatic brain injury and negative mental health outcomes; suicide prevention; individual, couples and family psychotherapy.

Publications

  • Taylor WL, Schuldt SJ, Delorit JD, Chini CM, Postolache TT, Lowry CA, Brenner LA, Hoisington AJ. A framework for estimating the United States depression burden attributable to indoor fine particulate matter exposure. Sci Total Environ. 2021 Feb 20;756:143858. PubMed PMID: 33293092
  • Lear MK, Penzenik ME, Forster JE, Starosta A, Brenner LA, Nazem S. Characteristics of nonsuicidal self-injury among veterans. J Clin Psychol. 2021 Jan;77(1):286-297. PubMed PMID: 32662073
  • Monteith LL, Holliday R, Brown TL, Brenner LA, Mohatt NV. Preventing Suicide in Rural Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Rural Health. 2021 Jan;37(1):179-184. PubMed PMID: 32282968
  • Akram F, Gragnoli C, Raheja UK, Snitker S, Lowry CA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Saunders E, Stiller JW, Ryan KA, Rohan KJ, Mitchell BD, Postolache TT. Seasonal affective disorder and seasonal changes in weight and sleep duration are inversely associated with plasma adiponectin levels. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Jan 2;122:97-104. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31981963
  • Wadhawan A, Reynolds MA, Makkar H, Scott AJ, Potocki E, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Dagdag A, Lowry CA, Dwivedi Y, Postolache TT. Periodontal pathogens and neuropsychiatric health. Curr Top Med Chem. 2020 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31924157
  • Miles SR, Brenner LA, Neumann D, Hammond FM, Ropacki S, Tang X, Eapen BC, Smith A, Nakase-Richardson R. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Contribute to Staff Perceived Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI in a Longitudinal Veteran Cohort: A VA TBI Model Systems Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jan;101(1):81-88. PubMed PMID: 31513779
  • Betthauser LM, Albanese BJ, Cochran KL, McGarity S, Schneider AL, Schmidt NB, Brenner LA, Barnes SM. Acceptability of cognitive anxiety sensitivity treatment among veterans with mTBI. Rehabil Psychol. 2020 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33382335
  • Scher AI, McGinley JS, Wirth RJ, Lipton RB, Terrio H, Brenner LA, Cole WR, Schwab K. Headache complexity (number of symptom features) differentiates post-traumatic from non-traumatic headaches. Cephalalgia. 2020 Nov 27;:333102420974352. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33242991
  • Brenner LA, Forster JE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stamper CE, Hoisington AJ, Brostow DP, Mealer M, Wortzel HS, Postolache TT, Lowry CA. Evaluation of an Immunomodulatory Probiotic Intervention for Veterans With Co-occurring Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Pilot Study. Front Neurol. 2020;11:1015. PubMed PMID: 33192959
  • Bahraini N, Brenner LA, Barry C, Hostetter T, Keusch J, Post EP, Kessler C, Smith C, Matarazzo BB. Assessment of Rates of Suicide Risk Screening and Prevalence of Positive Screening Results Among US Veterans After Implementation of the Veterans Affairs Suicide Risk Identification Strategy. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 Oct 1;3(10):e2022531. PubMed PMID: 33084900
  • Holliday R, Borges LM, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoffberg AS, Brenner LA, Monteith LL. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Suicidal Ideation, and Suicidal Self-Directed Violence Among U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans: A Systematic Review of the Literature From 2010 to 2018. Front Psychol. 2020;11:1998. PubMed PMID: 32982838
  • Brenner LA, Stamper CE, Hoisington AJ, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stanislawksi MA, Brostow DP, Hoffmire CA, Forster JE, Schneider AL, Postolache TT, Lowry CA. Microbial Diversity and Community Structures Among Those With Moderate to Severe TBI: A United States-Veteran Microbiome Project Study. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 Sep Oct;35(5):332-341. PubMed PMID: 32881767
  • Brenner LA, Morales TI. Traumatic Brain Injury and Inflammation: The Role of Local and Peripheral Participants in Short- and Long-Term Outcomes. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2020 Sep Oct;35(5):297-299. PubMed PMID: 32881762
  • Gaeddert LA, Schneider AL, Miller CN, Monteith LL, Brenner LA, Katon J, Hoffmire CA. Recruitment of women veterans into suicide prevention research: Improving response rates with enhanced recruitment materials and multiple survey modalities. Res Nurs Health. 2020 Sep;43(5):538-547. PubMed PMID: 32827237
  • Matarazzo BB, Brenner LA, Wortzel HS, Bahraini NH. Balancing Scientific Evidence, Clinical Expertise, and Patient Preferences: VHA's Suicide Risk Identification Strategy. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Dec 1;71(12):1303-1305. PubMed PMID: 32781925
  • Betthauser LM, Stearns-Yoder KA, McGarity S, Smith V, Place S, Brenner LA. Mobile App for Mental Health Monitoring and Clinical Outreach in Veterans: Mixed Methods Feasibility and Acceptability Study. J Med Internet Res. 2020 Aug 11;22(8):e15506. PubMed PMID: 32779572
  • Postolache TT, Benros ME, Brenner LA. Targetable Biological Mechanisms Implicated in Emergent Psychiatric Conditions Associated With SARS-CoV-2 Infection. JAMA Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32735332
  • Bahraini NH, Matarazzo BB, Barry CN, Post EP, Forster JE, Dollar KM, Dobscha SK, Brenner LA. Protocol: examining the effectiveness of an adaptive implementation intervention to improve uptake of the VA suicide risk identification strategy: a sequential multiple assignment randomized trial. Implement Sci. 2020 Jul 22;15(1):58. PubMed PMID: 32698812
  • Kinney AR, Anderson D, Stearns-Yoder KA, Brenner LA, Forster JE. Risk and recovery among high school athletes who sustained at least one sports-related concussion. Concussion. 2020 Apr 9;5(2):CNC72. PubMed PMID: 32509324
  • Borges LM, Barnes SM, Farnsworth JK, Bahraini NH, Brenner LA. A commentary on moral injury among health care providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Aug;12(S1):S138-S140. PubMed PMID: 32496101
  • Blosnich JR, Monteith LL, Holliday R, Brenner LA, Montgomery AE. Differences in methods of suicide among veterans experiencing housing instability, 2013-2016. Psychiatry Res. 2020 Jun;288:112947. PubMed PMID: 32315878
  • Simonetti JA, Dorsey Holliman B, Holliday R, Brenner LA, Monteith LL. Correction: Firearm-related experiences and perceptions among United States male veterans: A qualitative interview study. PLoS One. 2020;15(4):e0231493. PubMed PMID: 32240267
  • Monteith LL, Holliday R, Dorsey Holliman BA, Brenner LA, Simonetti JA. Understanding female veterans' experiences and perspectives of firearms. J Clin Psychol. 2020 Sep;76(9):1736-1753. PubMed PMID: 32227687
  • Simonetti JA, Piegari R, Maynard C, Brenner LA, Mori A, Post EP, Nelson K, Trivedi R. Characteristics and Injury Mechanisms of Veteran Primary Care Suicide Decedents with and without Diagnosed Mental Illness. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Mar 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 32219647
  • Postolache TT, Akram F, Lee EE, Lowry CA, Stiller JW, Brenner LA, Streeten EA, Turecki G, Dwivedi Y. Increased brain vitamin D receptor expression and decreased expression of cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide in individuals who died by suicide. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Jun;125:75-84. PubMed PMID: 32213352
  • Simonetti JA, Dorsey Holliman B, Holiday R, Brenner LA, Monteith LL. Firearm-related experiences and perceptions among United States male veterans: A qualitative interview study. PLoS One. 2020;15(3):e0230135. PubMed PMID: 32155211
  • Brenner LA, Henry BR, Shepard JA, Martin DN, Goodkin HP. Is the Neurological Disorders Depression Inventory-Epilepsy for Youth (NDDI-E-Y) more sensitive than a neurologist? A quality improvement project. Epilepsy Behav. 2020 Mar;104(Pt A):106913. PubMed PMID: 32036241
  • Akram F, Gragnoli C, Raheja UK, Snitker S, Lowry CA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Saunders E, Stiller JW, Ryan KA, Rohan KJ, Mitchell BD, Postolache TT. Seasonal affective disorder and seasonal changes in weight and sleep duration are inversely associated with plasma adiponectin levels. J Psychiatr Res. 2020 Mar;122:97-104. PubMed PMID: 31981963
  • Miles SR, Brenner LA, Neumann D, Hammond FM, Ropacki S, Tang X, Eapen BC, Smith A, Nakase-Richardson R. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms Contribute to Staff Perceived Irritability, Anger, and Aggression After TBI in a Longitudinal Veteran Cohort: A VA TBI Model Systems Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Jan;101(1):81-88. PubMed PMID: 31513779
  • Simonetti JA, Brenner LA. Promoting Firearm Safety as a Suicide Prevention Strategy Within Health Care Systems: Challenges and Recommendations. Psychiatr Serv. 2020 Mar 1;71(3):298-300. PubMed PMID: 31722648
  • Wadhawan A, Reynolds MA, Makkar H, Scott AJ, Potocki E, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Dagdag A, Lowry CA, Dwivedi Y, Postolache TT. Periodontal Pathogens and Neuropsychiatric Health. Curr Top Med Chem. 2020;20(15):1353-1397. PubMed PMID: 31924157
  • Ferdosi H, Schwab KA, Metti A, Brenner LA, Terrio H, Pazdan RM, Cole WR, Scher AI. Trajectory of Postconcussive Symptoms 12 Months After Deployment in Soldiers With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Warrior Strong Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jan 1;188(1):77-86. PubMed PMID: 30203085
  • Hoffberg AS, Stearns-Yoder KA, Brenner LA. The Effectiveness of Crisis Line Services: A Systematic Review. Front Public Health. 2019;7:399. PubMed PMID: 32010655
  • Simonetti JA, Brenner LA. Promoting Firearm Safety as a Suicide Prevention Strategy Within Health Care Systems: Challenges and Recommendations. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Nov 14;:appips201900286. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31722648
  • Duffy AR, O'Connell JR, Pavlovich M, Ryan KA, Lowry CA, Daue M, Raheja UK, Brenner LA, Markon AO, Punzalan CM, Dagdag A, Hill DE, Pollin TI, Seyfang A, Groer MW, Mitchell BD, Postolache TT. Toxoplasma gondii Serointensity and Seropositivity: Heritability and Household-Related Associations in the Old Order Amish. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Oct 3;16(19). PubMed PMID: 31623376
  • Matarazzo BB, Forster JE, Hostetter TA, Billera M, Adler G, Ganzini LK, Oslin DW, Brenner LA. Efficacy of the Home-Based Mental Health Evaluation (HOME) Program for Engaging Patients in Care After Hospitalization. Psychiatr Serv. 2019 Dec 1;70(12):1094-1100. PubMed PMID: 31451065
  • Hostetter TA, Hoffmire CA, Forster JE, Adams RS, Stearns-Yoder KA, Brenner LA. Suicide and Traumatic Brain Injury Among Individuals Seeking Veterans Health Administration Services Between Fiscal Years 2006 and 2015. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2019 Sep Oct;34(5):E1-E9. PubMed PMID: 31369450
  • Ferdosi H, Schwab KA, Metti A, Brenner LA, Terrio H, Pazdan RM, Cole WR, Scher AI. Trajectory of Postconcussive Symptoms 12 Months After Deployment in Soldiers With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Warrior Strong Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Jan 1;188(1):77-86. PubMed PMID: 30203085
  • Matarazzo BB, Brown GK, Stanley B, Forster JE, Billera M, Currier GW, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brenner LA. Predictive Validity of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale among a Cohort of At-risk Veterans. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2019 Oct;49(5):1255-1265. PubMed PMID: 30368871
  • Shura RD, Nazem S, Miskey HM, Hostetter TA, Rowland JA, Brenner LA, Va Mid-Atlantic Mirecc Workgroup, Taber KH. Relationship between traumatic brain injury history and recent suicidal ideation in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans. Psychol Serv. 2019 May;16(2):312-320. PubMed PMID: 30382745
  • Brenner LA, Bahraini NH. Concussion and risk of suicide: who, when and under what circumstances?. Nat Rev Neurol. 2019 Mar;15(3):132-133. PubMed PMID: 30696951
  • Huston NJ, Brenner LA, Taylor ZC, Ritter RC. NPY2 receptor activation in the dorsal vagal complex increases food intake and attenuates CCK-induced satiation in male rats. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2019 Apr 1;316(4):R406-R416. PubMed PMID: 30726118
  • Brostow DP, Warsavage TJ, Abbate LM, Starosta AJ, Brenner LA, Plomondon ME, Valle JA. Mental illness and obesity among Veterans undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: Insights from the VA CART program. Clin Obes. 2019 Apr;9(2):e12300. PubMed PMID: 30793500
  • Brostow DP, Gunzburger E, Abbate LM, Brenner LA, Thomas KS. Mental Illness, Not Obesity Status, is Associated with Food Insecurity Among the Elderly in the Health and Retirement Study. J Nutr Gerontol Geriatr. 2019 Apr-Jun;38(2):149-172. PubMed PMID: 30794096
  • Dise-Lewis JE, Forster JE, McAvoy K, Stearns-Yoder KA, Bahraini NH, Laker SR, Brenner LA. The Natural History of Postconcussion Recovery Among High School Athletes. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2019 Sep Oct;34(5):E36-E44. PubMed PMID: 30829818
  • Hoffmire CA, Monteith LL, Holliday R, Park CL, Brenner LA, Hoff RA. Administrative Military Discharge and Suicidal Ideation Among Post-9/11 Veterans. Am J Prev Med. 2019 May;56(5):727-735. PubMed PMID: 30898536
  • Filley CM, Arciniegas DB, Brenner LA, Anderson CA, Kelly JP. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy: A Clinical Perspective. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. Spring 2019;31(2):170-172. PubMed PMID: 31012827
  • Sharma A, Richardson M, Cralle L, Stamper CE, Maestre JP, Stearns-Yoder KA, Postolache TT, Bates KL, Kinney KA, Brenner LA, Lowry CA, Gilbert JA, Hoisington AJ. Longitudinal homogenization of the microbiome between both occupants and the built environment in a cohort of United States Air Force Cadets. Microbiome. 2019 May 2;7(1):70. PubMed PMID: 31046835
  • McCarthy MS, Hoffmire C, Brenner LA, Nazem S. Sleep and timing of death by suicide among U.S. Veterans 2006-2015: analysis of the American Time Use Survey and the National Violent Death Reporting System. Sleep. 2019 Aug 1;42(8). PubMed PMID: 31180507
  • Matarazzo BB, Brenner LA, Reger MA. Positive Predictive Values and Potential Success of Suicide Prediction Models. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Jun 26. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31241754
  • Betthauser LM, Adams RS, Hostetter TA, Scher AI, Schwab K, Brenner LA. Characterization of lifetime TBIs in a cohort of recently deployed soldiers: The warrior strong study. Rehabil Psychol. 2019 Nov;64(4):398-406. PubMed PMID: 31368742
  • Hoffberg AS, Stearns-Yoder KA, Brenner LA. The Effectiveness of Crisis Line Services: A Systematic Review. Front Public Health. 2019;7:399. PubMed PMID: 32010655
  • Hebert JR, Forster JE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Penzenik ME, Brenner LA. Persistent Symptoms and Objectively Measured Balance Performance Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Remote Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018 Jan 30. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29385020
  • Brenner LA, Hoisington AJ, Stearns-Yoder KA, Stamper CE, Heinze JD, Postolache TT, Hadidi DA, Hoffmire CA, Stanislawski MA, Lowry CA. Military-Related Exposures, Social Determinants of Health, and Dysbiosis: The United States-Veteran Microbiome Project (US-VMP). Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 2018;8:400. PubMed PMID: 30510919
  • Shura RD, Nazem S, Miskey HM, Hostetter TA, Rowland JA, Brenner LA, Va Mid-Atlantic Mirecc Workgroup, Taber KH. Relationship between traumatic brain injury history and recent suicidal ideation in Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans. Psychol Serv. 2018 Nov 1. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30382745
  • Matarazzo BB, Brown GK, Stanley B, Forster JE, Billera M, Currier GW, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brenner LA. Predictive Validity of the Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale among a Cohort of At-risk Veterans. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30368871
  • Akram F, Fuchs D, Daue M, Nijjar G, Ryan A, Benros ME, Okusaga O, Baca-Garcia E, Brenner LA, Lowry CA, Ryan KA, Pavlovich M, Mitchell BD, Snitker S, Postolache TT. Association of plasma nitrite levels with obesity and metabolic syndrome in the Old Order Amish. Obes Sci Pract. 2018 Oct;4(5):468-476. PubMed PMID: 30338117
  • Hoisington AJ, Billera DM, Bates KL, Stamper CE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Lowry CA, Brenner LA. Exploring service dogs for rehabilitation of veterans with PTSD: A microbiome perspective. Rehabil Psychol. 2018 Nov;63(4):575-587. PubMed PMID: 30211604
  • Peng X, Brenner LA, Mathai AJ, Cook TB, Fuchs D, Postolache N, Groer MW, Pandey JP, Mohyuddin F, Giegling I, Wadhawan A, Hartmann AM, Konte B, Brundin L, Friedl M, Stiller JW, Lowry CA, Rujescu D, Postolache TT. Moderation of the relationship between Toxoplasma gondii seropositivity and trait impulsivity in younger men by the phenylalanine-tyrosine ratio. Psychiatry Res. 2018 Dec;270:992-1000. PubMed PMID: 30057257
  • Stanley B, Brown GK, Brenner LA, Galfalvy HC, Currier GW, Knox KL, Chaudhury SR, Bush AL, Green KL. Comparison of the Safety Planning Intervention With Follow-up vs Usual Care of Suicidal Patients Treated in the Emergency Department. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 1;75(9):894-900. PubMed PMID: 29998307
  • Bahraini NH, Hostetter TA, Forster JE, Schneider AL, Brenner LA. A Rasch analysis of the Neurobehavioral Symptom Inventory in a national cohort of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom veterans with mild traumatic brain injury. Psychol Assess. 2018 Aug;30(8):1013-1027. PubMed PMID: 29878819
  • Betthauser LM, Brenner LA, Cole W, Scher AI, Schwab K, Ivins BJ. A Clinical Evidence-Based Approach to Examine the Effects of mTBI and PTSD Symptoms on ANAM Performance in Recently Deployed Active Duty Soldiers: Results From the Warrior Strong Study. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018 Mar Apr;33(2):91-100. PubMed PMID: 29517590
  • Hebert JR, Forster JE, Stearns-Yoder KA, Penzenik ME, Brenner LA. Persistent Symptoms and Objectively Measured Balance Performance Among OEF/OIF Veterans With Remote Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018 Nov Dec;33(6):403-411. PubMed PMID: 29385020
  • Brenner LA, Forster JE, Hoffberg AS, Matarazzo BB, Hostetter TA, Signoracci G, Simpson GK. Window to Hope: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Psychological Intervention for the Treatment of Hopelessness Among Veterans With Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018 Mar Apr;33(2):E64-E73. PubMed PMID: 29084101
  • Dreer LE, Tang X, Nakase-Richardson R, Pugh MJ, Cox MK, Bailey EK, Finn JA, Zafonte R, Brenner LA. Suicide and traumatic brain injury: a review by clinical researchers from the National Institute for Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and Veterans Health Administration Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems. Curr Opin Psychol. 2018 Aug;22:73-78. PubMed PMID: 28963946
  • Hoffberg AS, Spitzer E, Mackelprang JL, Farro SA, Brenner LA. Suicidal Self-Directed Violence Among Homeless US Veterans: A Systematic Review. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2018 Aug;48(4):481-498. PubMed PMID: 28731200
  • Bahraini NH, Monteith LL, Gerber HR, Forster JE, Hostetter TA, Brenner LA. The Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Perceptions of Deployment-Related Injury in Veterans With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2018 Mar Apr;33(2):E7-E15. PubMed PMID: 28422900
  • Jobes DA, Comtois KA, Gutierrez PM, Brenner LA, Huh D, Chalker SA, Ruhe G, Kerbrat AH, Atkins DC, Jennings K, Crumlish J, Corona CD, Connor SO, Hendricks KE, Schembari B, Singer B, Crow B. A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality versus Enhanced Care as Usual With Suicidal Soldiers. Psychiatry. 2017 Winter;80(4):339-356. PubMed PMID: 29466107
  • Brenner LA, Forster JE, Hoffberg AS, Matarazzo BB, Hostetter TA, Signoracci G, Simpson GK. Window to Hope: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Psychological Intervention for the Treatment of Hopelessness Among Veterans With Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2017 Oct 27. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29084101
  • Brenner LA, Hostetter TA, Barnes SM, Stearns-Yoder KA, Soberay KA, Forster JE. Traumatic brain injury, psychiatric diagnoses, and suicide risk among Veterans seeking services related to homelessness. Brain Inj. 2017;31(13-14):1731-1735. PubMed PMID: 29064288
  • Dreer LE, Tang X, Nakase-Richardson R, Pugh MJ, Cox MK, Bailey EK, Finn JA, Zafonte R, Brenner LA. Suicide and traumatic brain injury: a review by clinical researchers from the National Institute for Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) and Veterans Health Administration Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems. Curr Opin Psychol. 2017 Aug 26;22:73-78. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28963946
  • Gutierrez PM, Wortzel HS, Forster JE, Leitner RA, Hostetter TA, Brenner LA. Blister Packaging Medication Increases Treatment Adherence in Psychiatric Patients. J Psychiatr Pract. 2017 Sep;23(5):320-327. PubMed PMID: 28961661
  • Stanley B, Green KL, Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brenner LA, Brown GK. The construct and measurement of suicide-related coping. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Dec;258:189-193. PubMed PMID: 28865719
  • Amritwar AU, Lowry CA, Brenner LA, Hoisington AJ, Hamilton R, Stiller JW, Postolache TT. Mental Health in Allergic Rhinitis: Depression and Suicidal Behavior. Curr Treat Options Allergy. 2017 Mar;4(1):71-97. PubMed PMID: 28966902
  • Barnes SM, Monteith LL, Gerard GR, Hoffberg AS, Homaifar BY, Brenner LA. Problem-solving therapy for suicide prevention in veterans with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury. Rehabil Psychol. 2017 Nov;62(4):600-608. PubMed PMID: 28795831
  • Hoffberg AS, Spitzer E, Mackelprang JL, Farro SA, Brenner LA. Suicidal Self-Directed Violence Among Homeless US Veterans: A Systematic Review. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2017 Jul 21. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28731200
  • Hemmings SMJ, Malan-Müller S, van den Heuvel LL, Demmitt BA, Stanislawski MA, Smith DG, Bohr AD, Stamper CE, Hyde ER, Morton JT, Marotz CA, Siebler PH, Braspenning M, Van Criekinge W, Hoisington AJ, Brenner LA, Postolache TT, McQueen MB, Krauter KS, Knight R, Seedat S, Lowry CA. The Microbiome in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma-Exposed Controls: An Exploratory Study. Psychosom Med. 2017 Oct;79(8):936-946. PubMed PMID: 28700459
  • Kessler RC, van Loo HM, Wardenaar KJ, Bossarte RM, Brenner LA, Ebert DD, de Jonge P, Nierenberg AA, Rosellini AJ, Sampson NA, Schoevers RA, Wilcox MA, Zaslavsky AM. Using patient self-reports to study heterogeneity of treatment effects in major depressive disorder. Epidemiol Psychiatr Sci. 2017 Feb;26(1):22-36. PubMed PMID: 26810628
  • Matarazzo BB, Farro SA, Billera M, Forster JE, Kemp JE, Brenner LA. Connecting Veterans at Risk for Suicide to Care Through the HOME Program. Suicide Life Threat Behav. 2017 Dec;47(6):709-717. PubMed PMID: 28150329
  • Nazem S, Forster JE, Brenner LA. Initial validation of the Self-Directed Violence Picture System (SDVPS). Psychol Assess. 2017 Dec;29(12):1496-1504. PubMed PMID: 28206783
  • Schwab K, Terrio HP, Brenner LA, Pazdan RM, McMillan HP, MacDonald M, Hinds SR 2nd, Scher AI. Epidemiology and prognosis of mild traumatic brain injury in returning soldiers: A cohort study. Neurology. 2017 Apr 18;88(16):1571-1579. PubMed PMID: 28314862
  • Gould TD, Georgiou P, Brenner LA, Brundin L, Can A, Courtet P, Donaldson ZR, Dwivedi Y, Guillaume S, Gottesman II, Kanekar S, Lowry CA, Renshaw PF, Rujescu D, Smith EG, Turecki G, Zanos P, Zarate CA Jr, Zunszain PA, Postolache TT. Animal models to improve our understanding and treatment of suicidal behavior. Transl Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 11;7(4):e1092. PubMed PMID: 28398339
  • Pease JL, Forster JE, Davidson CL, Holliman BD, Genco E, Brenner LA. How Veterans Health Administration Suicide Prevention Coordinators Assess Suicide Risk. Clin Psychol Psychother. 2017 Mar;24(2):401-410. PubMed PMID: 28401708
  • Bahraini NH, Monteith LL, Gerber HR, Forster JE, Hostetter TA, Brenner LA. The Association Between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Perceptions of Deployment-Related Injury in Veterans With and Without Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2017 Apr 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28422900
  • Raheja UK, Fuchs D, Lowry CA, Stephens SH, Pavlovich MA, Mohyuddin H, Yousufi H, Ryan KA, O'Connell J, Brenner LA, Punzalan C, Hoisington AJ, Nijjar GK, Groer M, Shuldiner AR, Pollin TI, Stiller JW, Mitchell BD, Postolache TT. Heritability of plasma neopterin levels in the Old Order Amish. J Neuroimmunol. 2017 Jun 15;307:37-41. PubMed PMID: 28495136
  • Brenner LA, Stearns-Yoder KA, Hoffberg AS, Penzenik ME, Starosta AJ, Hernández TD, Hadidi DA, Lowry CA. Growing literature but limited evidence: A systematic review regarding prebiotic and probiotic interventions for those with traumatic brain injury and/or posttraumatic stress disorder. Brain Behav Immun. 2017 Oct;65:57-67. PubMed PMID: 28606462
  • Fogleman ND, Naaz F, Knight LK, Stoica T, Patton SC, Olson-Madden JH, Barnhart MC, Hostetter TA, Forster J, Brenner LA, Banich MT, Depue BE. Reduced lateral prefrontal cortical volume is associated with performance on the modified Iowa Gambling Task: A surface based morphometric analysis of previously deployed veterans. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Sep 30;267:1-8. PubMed PMID: 28672256
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Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • APA Division 22 – Rehabilitation Psychology, Past President
  • International Academy of Suicide Research, Member

Practice Locations

UCHealth Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic - Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Pl
Fitzsimons Bldg, 2nd Floor, West Wing
Aurora, CO 80045
303-724-1000

Hospital Affiliation
  • Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital Colorado
  • University of Colorado Hospital

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Psychology, Board Certification
  • Rehabilitation Psychology, Board Certification (2006)
  • Clinical Psychology, License (1999)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Mental Health and Behavior
  • Brain and Nervous System - Traumatic and Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Brain and Nervous System
Care Philosophy
Using evidence-based interventions to help individuals improve their mental health and overall functioning.

Public Speaking
Yes

General Information

Graduate Schools:
  • MS, Wright Institute (1995)
  • PhD, Wright Institute (1997)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, Brandeis University (MA) (1991)
Internships:
  • Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center (1997)
Languages: English
Department: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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