Suzannah CreechAssistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)
Dr. Creech is a Research Psychologist at the VHA VISN 17 Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor (research) in the Department of Psychiatry at Brown Medical School. She conducts research focused on mental health and interpersonal functioning in Veterans and military families.
Dr. Creech conducts research on the associations between coping skills, social support, and relationship problems with mental health outcomes in women Veterans and other vulnerable Veteran populations. She also investigates the health and well-being of Veterans and Veteran families who are coping with psychiatric difficulties.
Dr. Creech's research has been historically in the area of trauma and physical health problems such as chronic pain. It is now focused broadly on mediators of the relationship between traumatic events and health with a focus on women's mental health and Veteran family functioning. For example, she is studying the roles of coping skills, social support, and relationship adjustment as important concomitants of outcomes after trauma. Within this framework, Dr. Creech is especially interested in women's mental health, and the specific needs of women Veterans and family functioning in vulnerable Veteran populations (e.g. homeless Veterans). Dr. Creech is also involved in research in the areas of interpersonal violence and PTSD, and has active studies examining parenting skills and the parent-child relationship among Veterans with mental health symptoms.
Principal Investigator "A Pilot Study of the Impact of PTSD and Marital Conflict on Children's Health." Rhode Island Foundation Medical research grant#20123844. $14,621, 2/2013-8/2014.
Principal Investigator "Development of an intervention to improve interpersonal functioning in returning women veterans exposed to deployment stress." Department of Veterans Affairs VISN-1 Career Development Award- mentored. $180,000, 2/1/2012-1/31/2014, 9 cal months.
Principal Investigator, Providence Site. "PTSD-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Partner Violent OIF/OEF Veterans." Department of Defense (PT073945); PI: Casey Taft, Ph.D. 1/2013 to present, 1.5 cal months.
Principal Investigator, Providence Site. "PTSD-Focused Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Returning Veterans and Their Partners." Centers for Disease Control (U49/CE001248-02); PI: Casey Taft, Ph.D. 1/2013 to present, 1.5 cal months.