QPR Faculty & Master Trainers

Meet the people that are dedicated to suicide prevention and to
teaching others the skills that can save lives.

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Paul Quinnett, PhD

FOUNDER & CEO

A clinical psychologist and trainer for more than 35 years, Dr. Quinnett developed and managed a suicide prevention hotline, an emergency services department, and a dozen mental health service delivery programs. He has authored seven books, many professional articles and book chapters. He was Director of Training for the Spokane Mental Health APA-approved psychology internship program for more than 20 years and has served on board of the American Association of Suicidology. He was a founding board member of two national suicide prevention organizations: The Kristin Brooks Hope Center (1-800-SUICIDE), and The Suicide Prevention Action Network. Heavily involved in the training of mental health professionals, he currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of Washington School of Medicine. To help prevent suicide, he donated the French and English electronic editions of his bestseller, Suicide: the Forever Decision to the world in 2005 via the World Wide Web.

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Richard K. Ries, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Richard Ries is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, Washington. He is board certified in Psychiatry and certified in Addiction Medicine by the American Society for Addiction Medicine, and in Addiction Psychiatry (1993) by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Ries is Director of Outpatient Psychiatry, Dual Disorder Programs, and the Chemical Dependency Project at Harborview Medical Center. He is director of substance abuse education at the University of Washington Medical School and director of the Division of Addictions for the Department of Psychiatry. He has obtained NIDA sponsored clinical research grants in 1989 and 1997 to evaluate treatment outcome in dual disorders and also helped develop and participate in a NIDA sponsored training videotape (1996) on dual disorders.

Dr. Ries was chosen to chair the first official Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP#9-1994) on dual disorders by the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. In 1999 he became co-editor of the key reference text Principles of Addiction Medicine, published by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is heavily involved in clinical research and in teaching and training physicians about the role of substance abuse and mood disorders in suicide.

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Norman S. Braveman, PhD

Senior Research Consultant

Dr. Norm Braveman is President and founder of Braveman BioMed Consultants (www.bbmcllc.net), a firm devoted to excellence in biomedical and behavioral research. In more than 25 years experience with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) he has provided leadership in strategic and implementation planning as well as in program development and evaluation for individual institutes including the National Institute on Aging, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. As Acting Director of Planning and Evaluation and Chief of the Planning and Policy Research Branch for the NIH he was responsible for agency-wide program development and assessment activities.

His expertise spans the design, implementation and evaluation of clinical trials, program planning, development, evaluation and assessment, the development and peer review of research proposals, and strategic and implementation planning. During his 10 year academic career he taught statistics and experimental design as well as survey methods at the university level.

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Brian Quinnett, MS

National Training Director and QPR Master Trainer

Brian current duties include the recruitment, selection, training, coordination, credentialing and supervision of advanced QPR program instructors and master trainers. He also manages the Institute’s university CEU web-based suicide prevention educational programs for professionals and serves as a consultant to organizations seeking to implement suicide risk reduction practices.

Also the Institute’s Web master, Brian returned to campus after playing professional basketball for three years with the New York Knicks and earned a masters degree in Sports Psychology and Counseling from the University of Idaho. He worked in the business world for several years before joining the Institute. His special area of interest, speaking, and writing is preventing suicide among student athletes.

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Skip Simpson, BA, JD

Risk Management Instructor

With a legal background ranging from duties as a U.S. Air Force Courts Martial Judge to services as Texas' top drug traffic prosecutor, Skip Simpson has created a private law practice in the area psychiatric and psychological malpractice. Profiled in the Wall Street Journal in 1997 for his pioneering work in suicide litigation, Mr. Simpson has been nationally recognized for his expertise in suicide and repressed memory cases. His work has been profiled in C.C. Risenhoover’s book The Suicide Lawyers: Exposing Lethal Secrets.

Unlike mental health experts, Mr. Simpson’s work obliges him to look at suicide from every possible angle in preparing a case, and he has to make his findings easily understandable to a jury. As a leading attorney in the mental health field, in 2003 Mr. Simpson received an academic appointment as a senior fellow, Harvard Medical School Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, Boston, Massachusetts. He was also appointed Clinical Instructor at The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas, and in 2006 was promoted to Adjunct Associate Professor. In these roles, Mr. Simpson teaches medical residents subjects focusing on psychiatry and the law. In 2005 Mr. Simpson was named to the board of directors for the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Collin County where he served for a one year term.

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Jack McClellan, MD

Medical Director

Dr. McClellan is a Professor in the Division of Child Psychiatry at the University of Washington. He is the medical director of Child Study and Treatment Center, the State Hospital for children and adolescents in Washington State. His research addresses the diagnosis and treatment of early-onset schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and the genetics of complex neuropsychiatric illnesses. Dr. McClellan has also been involved in the development of the Practice Parameters for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is the primary author for the Academy's practice parameters on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

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Kevin Bratcher, MS

Advanced Clinical Trainer

Kevin Bratcher, M.S. has over 19 years experience in suicide prevention, intervention and training. As a clinical treatment provider for both adults and adolescents, he developed and co-authored the QPRT Suicide Risk Management System. Mr. Bratcher’s administrative experience includes work as a Quality Improvement Manager and Behavioral Health Service Clinic Coordinator in large public and private sector mental health agencies. His has provided clinical services on both an outpatient and inpatient basis.

Kevin remains an active trainer, consultant and advocate for improving the national standard of care as it relates to suicide risk assessment and risk management. His energy over the course of the last six years has been focused on managing suicide risk from an administrative and systemic perspective within large healthcare organizations. He has trained hundreds of mental health professionals to improve their clinical assessment and suicide risk management skills both in professional seminars and university programs throughout the United States. Away from his work, Kevin enjoys time with his family camping and fishing in the Pacific Northwest.

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Lou Sowers, PhD, MBA

Advanced Clinical Trainer

Dr. Lou Sowers is a Police and Public Safety Psychologist who has worked in the mental health field for over 30 years. Lou works with most public safety agencies in Eastern Washington and North Idaho completing psychological suitability evaluations, working with officers after critical events, and training officers how to intervene with suicidal citizens. Lou is also helping the Washington State Department of Corrections to redesign their mental health system of care and he runs the mental health unit at the Airway Heights Corrections Center.

Lou completed his BA in psychology at Indiana University in 1983 and his MS and PhD in psychology at the University of Southern California in 1993. Lou worked with seriously mentally ill youth and adults on inpatient psychiatric units in Indianapolis and he worked as an inner city elementary school teacher in Los Angeles prior to moving to Spokane in 1992 to complete his APA internship training program at Spokane Mental Health (SMH).

Lou worked at SMH for 18 years and ran all of their outpatient treatment services including an APA accredited internship training program until 2010 when he made a decision to focus more on police and public safety psychology. Lou has provided extensive training and supervision to clinicians over the years and he has been connected to the QPR Institute since its inception. He is the co-author of the QPRT-P Pediatric Suicide Risk Management Inventory and User's Manual that was published in 1998.

In addition to serving on the QPR Institute faculty, Lou is an active member of the American Psychological Association, the International Association of Chiefs of Police - Police Psychology Services Section, the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, and the American Association of Suicidology. Lou has been happily married for more than 20 years and enjoys spending time with his two teenagers and training for Ironman triathlons.

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John Violanti, PhD

Law Enforcement Advisor

John M. Violanti, Ph.D. is a Research Full Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM), School of Public Health and Health Professions at Buffalo, NY and has been associated with this department for 25 years. Dr. Violanti is a member of the University at Buffalo, NY Medical School graduate faculty. Prior to his position at Buffalo, he also was a full professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Department of Criminal Justice.

He is a police veteran, serving with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper, criminal investigator, and later as a coordinator of the Psychological Assistance Program for the State Police. Dr. Violanti served in the U.S. Army, 57th Military Police from 1963-1966. He has been involved in the design, implementation, and analysis of numerous suicide, stress and health studies over the past 25 years. Dr. Violanti has authored over 50 peer-reviewed articles and 14 books on suicide, stress and PTSD. He has lectured nationally and internationally at academic institutions on matters of suicide, stress and trauma at work.

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Roger Bragdon

Law Enforcement Advisor

Mr. Bragdon served on the Spokane Police Department for nearly 33 years, retiring in 2006. The last eight years of his career there, he was the Chief of Police. Mr. Bragdon has a strong background in police operations, having commanded the patrol, detectives, and special investigations units as well as the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, among other assignments in his career.

He has instructed in all areas of critical incident management, leadership, intelligence operations, and domestic terrorism for many years. He continues instructing for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the areas of counter-terrorism programs and Intelligence Led Policing. Mr. Bragdon is also a consultant for the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) specializing in the management of safety and security programs.

Mr. Bragdon is a graduate of the Northwest Law Enforcement Command College and the FBI’s National Executive Institute.

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John Osborn, MD

Medical Director

John is an internist on staff at the Veterans Medical Center in Spokane since 1986. His work at the VA has included primary care clinics and as a hospitalist. John has also served as Chief of Medicine, Medical Director for Hospice, Chair of the Ethics Consultation Committee, Director of the HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis programs, and Director of the VA's Clinicians Web Support project for the Northwest/Alaska.

Growing up, John worked with his mother, Marie Osborn, Idaho's first practicing Nurse Practitioner in developing a rural-health-care delivery system in the Salmon River region. John graduated from the College of Idaho in Caldwell, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Internal Medicine Spokane. He worked briefly in mission hospitals in Thailand and Kenya before starting his care for Veterans.

John's public interest advocacy has included reforming HIV screening for Veterans to comport with CDC recommendations, improving care for Indian Combat Veterans with PTSD, advancing ethical care at the end of life through Physicial Orders for Live-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), and extensive work on protecting rivers and drinking water supplies in the face of climate change. John dedicates his work in suicide prevention to his nephew Cameron Wilder who died by suicide, and to Veterans.

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Mark Besen, PhD

Advanced Clinical Trainer

Licensed Psychologist - New Jersey (active), Washington State (inactive); Pennsylvania (inactive)
Vice President Clinical Operations, Steininger Behavioral Care Services, Cherry Hill NJ - Responsible for oversight of operations of continuum of clinical services at large community behavioral health center serving adults and children in Camden County NJ. Services include crisis screening centers in two hospitals, adult crisis residential, supported housing, adult care, adult intensive outpatient services, assertive community teams, adult case management services, family support services; children’s services including youth case management and children’s mobile crisis response teams. Other services as well (see resume).

Adjunct Faculty at Richard Stockton College.
15+ years in executive management in community behavioral health.
QPR Master Trainer - QPRT, Triage, QPR Gatekeeper Master Trainer.
Involvement in 1st implementation of QPR system in large community behavioral health center (Spokane Mental Health).

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Louisa Walker, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Louisa completed a Doctorate in psychology in 1995 from the University of Idaho. She is a NZ registered and US licensed clinical psychologist with 15 years of clinical experience working primarily in collaboration with general practice physicians. She has worked with GPs and specialist in efforts to build innovative models of practice integrating psychological services into primary health care. Louisa developed a Department of Behavioural Health for a regional US medical clinic and has worked with primary mental health care projects in New Zealand since 2002. She has experience in private practice, has been a clinical manager and has developed mental health programs in both the private and the public sectors. Louisa has taught in psychology graduate programs and provided clinical training and supervision for clinical psychology internship programs both in the US and in NZ. Louisa often provides continuing education training for physicians, psychologists and allied health professionals on a range of clinical treatment issues.

Louisa is committed to developing effective cross-cultural mental health services that respect and attempt to integrate traditional cultural practices into primary mental health care delivery. She has engaged in research and practice regarding the mental health status of, and treatment protocols for, Native American, Asian, and Hispanic patients, as well as gaining recent experience working with Maori, Pacific and NZ Refugee populations.

Louisa has extensive experience in clinical practice treating anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, trauma and sexual abuse. She worked for a crisis intervention and suicide prevention project in the State of Maine in the US. While based in primary care, she developed a program to assess and treat ADHD in adults, adolescents and children and developed a neuropsychological testing service, training and supervising clinical psychology graduate students to conduct psychometric tests and neuropsychological evaluations.

Since moving to New Zealand Louisa has worked in private practice, was a consultant to a regional NZ acute mental health service, and has worked with several NZ GP organizations in their ongoing efforts to further develop strategies to improve mental health treatment in primary care.

Louisa was the Clinical Manager for a NZ Ministry of Health funded suicide bereavement service. She is a Consultant working in the areas of suicide prevention and postvention and is currently working with the NZ Coroner’s office developing psychological autopsy services investigating deaths by suicide. Louisa has been a QPR Master Trainer since 2008 and currently delivers QPR Level I – III training throughout New Zealand.

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Sergio Perez, MD

Latin America Advisor

Dr. Sergio Perez Barrero is a clinical psychiatrist and the Founder of Suicidology Section of World Psychiatry Association and also Founder of World Suicidology Net. He is WHO and PAHO temporal advisor. Author of nine books about suicide prevention , he is also Clinical Titular Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Granma, Cuba. In addition to directing a large, public sector mental health program for adolescent, adults and elders, he maintained a public practice in primary care for 25 years. His primary interests are teach volunteers in preventing suicide and management of suicidal crisis for family, general practitioners, young psichiatrists and all people interested in this theme. He has been invited speaker in Italy, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica , Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico and Cuba.

Alejandro Martinez, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Alejandro Martinez is the Senior Associate director, Consultation and Liaison, for Counseling and Psychological Services and Lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. His areas of special interest include mental health promotion and risk reduction for young adults. His work involves the implementation of strategies that enhance protective psychological and social elements that contribute to the reduction of risk factors for Stanford students.

Colleen Carpenter, MA, MPH

QPR Master Trainer

Colleen Carpenter has been the Director for the Indiana Cares Youth Suicide Prevention Resource Center for 3 years and was the Project Coordinator for the Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition (ISPC) for 5 years. She has been presenting on suicide prevention for the last 7 years across Indiana and nationally at American Association of Suicidology conferences. She is a QPR Master Trainer as well as an ASIST Master Trainer, Connect Postvention Trainer, and a CALM Trainer.

Connie Briscoe, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Dr. Connie Briscoe is currently the Assistant Director/Director of Community Intervention at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center. Connie completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee and interned at Texas Woman’s University. Connie is a Licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider in Tennessee. She has a faculty appointment with the QPR Institute and is certified as a QPR Master Trainer.

Constance Shepard, MSW

QPR Master Trainer

Constance Shepard is a graduate from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and has a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Georgia in Athens. Constance is an adjunct instructor and a PhD student at the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work Program. Her research interests are depression among multicultural groups, suicide prevention, and multicultural parenting influence with children.

David J. Denino, LPC, NCC

QPR Master Trainer

David Denino is Director Emeritus of Counseling Services at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. He is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching in the Clinical Mental Health program at SCSU. He has served as an executive board member to the Connecticut Counseling Association and American College Counseling Association, and has presented at many state and national conferences.

Donna Barnes, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Principal Investigator and Project Director of the Suicide Prevention Program and Research Associate and Professor at Howard University’s Psychiatry Department in Washington, D.C. where she teaches suicide risk management to psychiatric residents and third year medical students. She also conducts research on families who have lost someone to suicide and has published in this area.

Donna Soileau

QPR Master Trainer

Donna Soileau is a graduate of Auburn University. She is the former Director of Mental Health America of Sumter County and currently serves as the Coordinator for Suicide Prevention for Mental Health America of South Carolina. She received her suicide prevention certification from the QPR Institute in 2004 and received her Master QPR trainer certification in June 2007. Donna is married, has two sons and enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor adventures.

Hyesun Lee

QPR Master Trainer | Korea

Hyesun Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology in Korea University. She completed her advanced QPR training in the United States and in Korea. She has translated QPR program and Dr. Quinnett’s books into Korean. Dr. Yook and she are opening the Suicide Prevention Center in Korea University and plan to disseminate QPR in Korea.

James Allen, MPH

QPR Master Trainer

Mr. Allen holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Oklahoma, College of Public Health and has worked in the field of suicide prevention for eleven years. He worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health for eight years with an emphasis on adolescent health, which included suicide prevention as a priority focus area. He chaired the Oklahoma Youth Suicide Prevention Council for four years, and assisted with the development of Oklahoma’s state plan for the prevention of youth suicide.

Janet Schnell, MSW, LSW

QPR Master Trainer

Janet Schnell holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern Indiana. She is the President of Survivors of Suicide of Dubois County, quilt organizer for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, member of American Association of Suicidology, Indiana Suicide Prevention Coalition, and Dubois County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Janet was a past board member of Suicide Prevention Action Network.

Julie A. Rickard, PhD

Advanced Clinical Trainer

Dr. Rickard, a licensed psychologist, is currently the Behavioral Medicine Program Manager for Columbia Valley Community Health in Wenatchee, WA. She is primarily responsible for the oversight of services provided by a clinical providers (psychologists, psychiatric, doctoral interns) and staff while providing services at two community health primary care clinics and the local hospital. Her work has focused around the integrated model or the blending of psychological services with medical services in primary care clinics.

​Julie Haurykiewicz

QPR Master Trainer

Julie Haurykiewicz is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Lawrence University (Appleton, Wisconsin), where she also teaches Freshman Studies and public speaking. She was part of Lawrence University’s Suicide Prevention Lifeline Core Team (an initiative funded by a SAMHSA/Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant) which allowed her to become a QPR Gatekeeper Instructor in 2010. In 2012, she advanced to the level of QPR Master Trainer through apprenticeship with Bridgette Hensley. Julie is active in coordinating and facilitating QPR suicide prevention trainings on the Lawrence campus and in her community more generally.

Kathryn Falbo-Woodson

QPR Master Trainer

Kathryn Falbo-Woodson currently serves as the Director of Advocacy and Outreach for the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, NC, where she has been employed since 2006. In this role, Kathryn has created the infrastructure for a statewide advocacy collaborative and a local multicultural outreach program. She has worked in the mental health field since 1995, providing direct care, case management, volunteer management, advocacy, fundraising, program development, training, oversight, and outreach.

Kerry Hope, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Dr. Hope is currently the Suicide Prevention Coordinator at the Student Counseling Services at Texas A&M university. Dr. Hope completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas A&M University and is a licensed psychologist. Her areas of special interest include crisis intervention and suicide prevention, as well as issues of diversity, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual issues, Women’s issues, eating disorders and supervision and training.

Lindy Williamson, MSW

QPR Master Trainer

As an educator, Lindy Williamson has worked with communities, hospitals, mental health agencies, emergency services, military, schools, businesses, churches and service organizations. She regularly teaches several Critical Incident Stress Management Classes as an approved instructor with the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation and is in demand as a keynote speaker and panelist at national symposiums and conferences serving the needs of mental health agencies and emergency services on the state, regional and national level.

Marci Burroughs, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Dr. Burroughs is currently the Associate Director/Director of Clinical Services at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center. Dr. Burroughs completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi and interned at the University of Tennessee Counseling Center. Marci is a Licensed Psychologist/Health Service Provider in Tennessee and an Adjunct, Assistant Professor for the Counseling Psychology Department at UT.

Mary Bolin-Reece, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Dr. Bolin-Reese is currently the Director of the University of Kentucky Counseling & Testing Center in Lexington, Kentucky. She is primary responsible for day-to-day oversight of services provided by a staff of nine psychologists, one learning skills specialist, one administrative officer, three support personnel, and several doctoral-level trainees. She completed her internship and served as Interim Administrative Director the Needs and Evaluation Center at the University of Virginia, where she also provided leadership to as Coordinator of Clinical and Crisis Services for the University.

Mary VanHaute

QPR Master Trainer

Mary VanHaute is a QPR Master Trainer and educator with more than 20 years of experience as a professional instructor, online learning facilitator, and expert in community-based suicide prevention strategies, with a special focus on preventing suicide among First Responders and their families. A leader in suicide prevention, Mary integrates QPR training into a broader program that addresses the unique health and safety issues inherent in culture of law enforcement and fire service organizations.

Michael McFarland, LMFT

QPR Master Trainer

Michael currently serves as the Kentucky State Suicide Prevention Coordinator through the Kentucky Department for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Services. With a clinical background, Michael conducts clinical trainings focused on suicide assessment, management and treatment throughout Kentucky. Michael also serves as the Project Director for a Garrett Lee Smith Memorial grant; a three year grant revolving around adolescent suicide prevention and intervention.

Nancy K. Bohl, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Is a Psychotherapist and trainer, who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling/Education. Dr. Nancy Bohl has specialized in the field of trauma since 1985. She is the Director of The Counseling Team International (TCTI), which is also, The Southern California Critical Incident Stress Management Team. She is a certified Master Trainer for the QPR Institute focusing on Suicide Prevention and Intervention.

Pam Flint, PhD

QPR Master Trainer

Dr. Flint has over 16 years experience providing personal and career counseling at the University of North Texas and in her private practice in North Dallas. Prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse. She has a co-therapist, Dakota that works with her at the Student Counseling Center at UNT. Dakota is a Labrador retriever that has been certified by the Delta Society to work as an animal assistant.

Rebecca Cardell, DNSc, ARNP

Advanced Clinical Trainer

Dr. Cardell is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and a nurse suicidologist who has conducted research on the assessment and treatment of suicidal inpatients and published these findings in professional journals for the past ten years. She has served as an expert witness in legal cases involving hospital suicides and was a reviewer for the Joint Commission's book, Preventing Patient Suicide.

Robert Robey

QPR Master Trainer

Bob Robey is a suicide prevention master trainer for the QPR Institute in Spokane, Washington. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business and education from Kentucky Wesleyan College and has over thirty years of experience in human services including twenty years with one of Kentucky’s Regional Mental Health Centers. In 1997, after two years of meeting with survivors of suicide, Bob felt the need to try and prevent suicides and traveled to Spokane, Washington to train with Dr. Paul Quinnett who had just developed the QPR Model for suicide prevention.

Sal Caraco

QPR Master Trainer

Sal Caraco currently serves as the Compeer Director for the Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas, where he has been employed since 2006. He has worked in the field of human services since 1980, providing direct care, program management, and training. He is a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid-USA and Gatekeeper Q.P.R. ® (Question, Persuade, Refer), Strategies for Crisis Intervention, and Prevention (SCIP), as well as a Master Trainer for Q.P.R.

Sally Spencer-Thomas

QPR Master Trainer

As a clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, faculty member, and survivor of her brother's suicide, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas sees the issues of suicide prevention from many perspectives. Currently, she is the CEO of the Carson J Spencer Foundation and the Survivor Division Chair for American Association for Suicidology. Dr. Spencer-Thomas is a professional speaker and trainer, presenting nationally and internationally on the topic of suicide prevention and has published four books on mental health. She lives in Conifer, Colorado with her partner and three sons.

Sarah Gaer, MA

QPR Master Trainer

Sarah Gaer began working in human services in 1998. She is a Master's level clinician and graduate of Antioch New England University. She has diverse experience working with a wide variety of populations and milieus including substance abuse treatment facilities, mental health, residential and outpatient clinical services for individuals with severe and chronic mental illness, as well as developmental disabilities, and forensic populations in community based programs.

Sung Pil Yook, PhD

QPR Master Trainer | Korea

Dr. Yook completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. He learned about QPR while on a post-doctoral fellowship in suicide prevention at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He completed his advanced QPR training in the United States and in Korea. Dr. Yook has provided consultation and training to police departments throughout Korea and is the suicide prevention advisor to the Republic of Korea National Defense Ministry.