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Caitlin Thompson, Ph.D.

Vice President of Community Partnerships, Cohen Veterans Network

Cohen Veterans Network

As Vice President of Community Partnerships at Cohen Veterans Network (CVN), Dr. Thompson is responsible for establishing and maintaining critical national and local collaborations between CVN and public-private partners.  She is also the lead for CVN’s suicide prevention initiatives.
She was most recently Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Suicide Prevention, leading VA’s integrated public health approach to suicide prevention for our nation’s 22 million Veterans. She was responsible for the Office’s vision and mission, including the development of VA suicide prevention policy initiatives, education for Veterans and health care providers about suicide awareness and prevention, and dissemination and implementation of assessment and treatment strategies across the Veterans Health Administration. A licensed clinical psychologist, Thompson directed VA’s epidemiological and clinical research in suicide prevention and is recognized internationally as an authority on Veteran suicide prevention. Prior to her work in the VA Suicide Prevention Office, she spent five years as the clinical care coordinator for the Veterans/Military Crisis Line.
Thompson has a BA in music from Brown University and an MEd and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia.


Financial: Caitlin Thompson is employed by Cohen Veterans Network and University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Non-financial: Caitlin Thompson is a member of the National Lifeline’s Suicide Prevention Steering Committee.