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Lisa Brenner, PhD

Acting Director, VA VISN 19 Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)/Director of Education, VISN 19 MIRECC


Contact Info:

303-399-8020 ext. 2571
1055 Clermont Street
Denver, CO  80220

Clinical/Research Interests:

​Dr. Brenner's clinical and research interests lie in suicide prevention, TBI and PTSD.

Secondary Appointments: Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Brandeis University, Waltham, MA 1991 - BA

The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 1995 - MA

The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA 1997 - PhD


Undergraduate university: Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1991, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Graduate school: The Wright Institute, Berkeley, CA, Masters Degree in Psychology: June 1995; Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: June 1997

Internship program: Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Denver, CO; completed August 1997; Psychology Intern. Completed rotations with the following services: Consultation and Liaison, Neuropsychology, Inpatient Psychiatry, and Rehabilitation Medicine. External placement - Rehabilitation Medicine at Children's Hospital.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems, Health and Wellness Intervention of Individuals with TBI, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, $350,752; 8/1/2007 – 8/31/2011

Amoxetine (Strattera) for the Treatment of Attention Disorders in Individuals with TBI, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, $ 307,662;  8/1/2007 – 8/31/2011

A Longitudinal Study of Deployment-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): Incidence, Natural History, and Predictors of Recovery in Soldiers Returning from OIF/OEF, CDMRP Intramural TBI Investigator-Initiated Research Award,  $1,318,984; 1/1/2008 – 12/31/2012

Use of a Traumatic Brain Injury Screen in a Veteran Mental Health Population: Prevalence, Validation and Psychiatric Outcomes, Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund, $322,575, 6/1/2009 – 5/31/2011

Development of an Intervention for Soldiers and Veterans with Co-Occurring TBI and Substance Abuse, DoD DRMMRP Office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program$112,000;    9/1/2009 – 3/31/2011

Implementation and Refinement of the Suicide Classification System, $95,500; 9/1/2009 – 8/31/2010

A Brief Intervention to Reduce Suicide Risk in Military Members and Veterans, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (MOMRP), $2,671,337; 10/1/2009 – 9/30/2012

Blister Packaging Medication to Increase Treatment Adherence and Clinical Response: Impact on Suicide-related Morbidity and Mortality, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command MOMRP, $1,173,408; 9/28/2009 – 9/27/2013

Tele-TBI Cell Phone Initiative SME Support – Suicide Nomenclature and Measure Development, DoD TATRC, $40,288; 9/01/2009 – 10/01/2010

Neurobiology of Suicide Risk in Traumatic Brain Injury and Substance Abuse, VA Merit Review, $922,788; 10/1/2009 – 9/30/2013

Executive Dysfunction and Suicide in Psychiatric Outpatients and Inpatients, VA Merit Review, $688,367; 4/1/2010 – 3/31/2013

Executive Dysfunction and Self-Harm Behavior: An Examination of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, or Both, Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund$342,711; 5/1/2010 – 4/30/2012

A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality vs. Enhanced Care as Usual for Suicidal Soldiers, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command MOMRP, $3,338,221; 12/1/2010 – 11/30/2014

TBI Implementation Partnership Grant Mental Health Initiative: The TBI Program, US Department of Health and Human Services Administration, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), $348,709;  10/01/2010 – 9/30/2015

Hyperbaric Oxygen for Persistent Post-Concussive Symptoms After Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (HOPPS):   A Pilot Feasibility Study, U.S. Army OTSG, $315,000; 10/01/2010 – 9/30/2011