2 Butler researchers awarded grants
for suicide research

PROVIDENCE – Two Butler Hospital physicians are among a wave of researchers worldwide to receive grants for their work on learning about and preventing suicide.

Dr. Brandon Gaudiano and Dr. Heather Schatten, both members of Butler’s psychosocial research program, received $100,000 and $97,600, respectively, from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The recently announced awards were among 26 AFSP grants totaling $6.2 million.

Gaudiano’s project compares the efficacy of providing patients hospitalized for schizophrenia with six months of post-discharge support as opposed to treatment as usual after a stay in the hospital. Patient support is to include individual, family and telephone session in addition to their usual care.

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Gaudiano is an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

DR. HEATHER SCHATTEN was awarded $97,600 for her project, “Feasibility, Acceptability and Preliminary Efficacy of a Novel Personalized Mobile Intervention for Suicide.” / COURTESY CARE NEW ENGLAND HEALTH SYSTEM

Schatten is working to develop a personalized mobile intervention for suicide by creating an app that features safety planning and direct communication with clinicians. She plans to test the idea with young adult partial hospital patients.

Schatten is a research psychologist and assistant professor at the Warren Alpert Medical School.

“So much wonderful work is being done at Butler Hospital to learn more about and prevent suicide. In Rhode Island, suicide is the second-leading cause of death for individuals 15 to 34 years old, and the third-leading cause of death for individuals 35 to 44 years old,” said Mary Marran, Butler’s president and chief operating officer. “The research conducted by both Drs. Gaudiano and Schatten will provide us with a deeper understanding of how the medical community, as well as family and friends, can aid in prevention efforts.”

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