Kristen Quinlan, an expert in health psychology and a highly experienced evaluator, specializes in leading applied research focused on preventing suicide, substance misuse, and injury and violence.

As the scientific advisor for the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, Quinlan builds the capacity of state and local suicide prevention system leaders to collect, analyze, and use suicide-related data. She is the co-lead evaluator for the Colorado-National Collaborative and serves as a statistical consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health Zero Suicide Evaluation. In this initiative, she is developing a public-facing, interactive database that will enable health care agencies to track their progress in implementing the Zero Suicide model.

Quinlan is a published author and contributing editor for Addiction Professional Magazine, Behavioral Healthcare Magazine, and Mental Health Weekly. Previously, she taught at Rhode Island College, served as faculty for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Injury Control Research Center for Suicide Prevention, and was lead evaluator for the Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies.

Quinlan holds a PhD in Behavioral Science from the University of Rhode Island.