Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D.

Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D.

Ursula Whiteside, Ph.D., Group Health Cooperative

Postdoctoral Fellow (2012): $98,804

Mentor: Gregory Simon, M.D., M.P.H., Group Health Cooperative

Feasibility of an Online Intervention for Population-Based Suicide


Bio: Dr. Whiteside received her doctorate from the University of Washington in 2010. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Group Health Research Institute.

Grant research area: Behavioral intervention technology and dialectical behavior therapy to prevent suicide.

Abstract: The goal of this fellowship project is to develop online treatment modules for three of the active ingredients in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Mindfulness, Opposite Action, and Mindfulness of Current Emotion. Dr. Whiteside will use an online delivery model by email because this approach is suitable for the large numbers of at-risk patients identifiable in healthcare settings. Online delivery models are scalable and can be provided securely, inexpensively, and utilizing existing systems in healthcare. She will develop a brief online DBT skills intervention and will test it in patients, adapt it, and retest it across the training period with 30 patients. The intervention will supplement usual care among high-risk patients identified via depression scales collected at outpatient primary care and mental health visits. The intervention content will be drawn from research involving DBT skills interventions. The project will involve ongoing refinement of the interventions based on qualitative/formative feedback from patients and consultation with suicide intervention experts.

Long-term goals: Large scale application of interventions to reduce suicidal ideation and behavior across the healthcare system.

Click here to read about the findings from Dr. Whiteside's AFSP grant.