Christopher R. DeCou, PhD

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Christopher DeCou, PhD
Acting Assistant Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Chris DeCou is a licensed clinical psychologist at Harborview Medical Center. His research centers on the study and prevention of suicide among under-served and under-studied populations, and the association between experiences of trauma and suicidality. Chris has authored and co-authored more than 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals, and presented on suicide prevention at many national and international meetings. He is the recipient of several awards, including recognition from the Society of Clinical Psychology, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and the International Union for Circumpolar Health. Chris is also involved in several clinical trials focused on testing new approaches to the assessment, treatment, and pragmatic prevention of suicidality in high-risk clinical populations. Prior to completing his graduate training in Clinical Psychology at Idaho State University, Chris was employed as a full-time police officer, and was also certified as a firefighter/EMT. His experiences as a first responder continue to inform his research and clinical activities, and motivate his interest in developing pragmatic and patient-centered approaches to suicide prevention. 

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