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Project Leadership


Dr. Alex Bettis is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Bettis’s research aims to identify key mechanisms of efficacious interventions for adolescent mental health in order to improve the current prevention and treatment evidence base. Ultimately, Dr. Bettis seeks to bridge the gap between theoretical research purporting the importance of emotion regulation and clinical experiences of teens who face challenges utilizing these skills in their daily lives.

Dr. Taylor Burke (she/her) is a clinical psychologist and the Director of Pediatric Computational Health and Associate Director of Suicide Research in the Center for Precision Psychiatry and in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is an expert in adolescent self-injurious thoughts and behaviors, and in employing real-time digital assessment methods to assess imminent risk for suicide and related outcomes. Dr. Burke has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on three National Institute of Mental Health and National Science Foundation funded studies.


Dr. Kathryn Fox (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Fox completed her PhD at Harvard University in 2019. She is passionate about better understanding and treating suicide and self-harming thoughts and behaviors, especially among teens and LGBTQ+ folks. Toward these goals, she is the director of the Fox Lab, which has run dozens of studies including thousands of teens and young adults since it was created in early 2019.

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