Understanding Evidence for Suicide Prevention: CDC’s R2P Interactive Tool to Support Evidence-Based Decision Making

General Webinar
Date:  July 11, 2013 - 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm (America/New_York)

For information, contact:

  Edna Pressler

Understanding Evidence is a new, interactive web resource developed by CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention that supports public health practitioners in making evidence-informed decisions. The goal of evidence-based decision making is to bring a high standard of research evidence into the decision-making process while taking into account the contextual and experiential factors that influence decisions. This webinar will also provide real-world scenarios illustrating how practitioners, coalitions, and evaluators can use the tool to strengthen practice and evaluation of suicide prevention strategies.

Objectives: In this webinar, participants working to prevent suicide will learn how to:

  1. Define the multiple forms of evidence involved in evidence-based decision making
  2. Identify standards of rigor for best available research evidence
  3. Identify sources of and ways to collect best available research evidence, contextual evidence, and experiential evidence
  4. Identify key stages and characteristics of an evidence-based decision making process

Event Presenter(s)


Phil Rodgers, PhD, Evaluation Scientist, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Natalie Wilkins, PhD, Health Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Sally Thigpen, MPA, Health Scientist, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Angelita Lee, Research Assistant/Case Manager, White Mountain Apache, Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health

Presenter Biographies: 

Philip Rodgers, PhD, is an Evaluation Scientist for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. For the past nine years, he has managed the Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The Best Practices Registry provides a listing of suicide prevention programs, policies, tools, and materials, which have been reviewed and approved by experts in the field. Dr. Rodgers has given numerous presentations and workshops regarding suicide prevention and the evaluation of suicide prevention programs. He earned his undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from California State University Los Angeles and his doctorate in research and evaluation methodology from Utah State University.

Natalie Wilkins, PhD, joined CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) in 2008, and has been a behavioral scientist in NCIPC since 2010.  Her work has focused primarily on dissemination and implementation research, program evaluation, technical assistance and capacity building at the state and local level, and knowledge translation for bridging research and practice within the context of injury and violence prevention. She has worked on numerous child maltreatment, youth violence, and suicide prevention projects, as well as efforts to identify links between multiple forms of violence, injury, and other public health outcomes. Natalie received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Richmond, and her MA and PhD in Community Psychology from Georgia State University.

Sally Thigpen, MPA, is a Health Scientist with the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She provides support across the Center for translation activities with specific expertise in actionable knowledge. Prior to her CDC position, Sally was Associate Director of Programs for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia. In this role she managed various programs including Stop It Now! Georgia, a statewide child sexual abuse prevention initiative, and 1-800-CHILDREN, Georgia’s only toll-free, statewide helpline with a primary focus on preventing family violence and child maltreatment.  Sally has over 15 years of practice and policy experience, and her work has influenced the shift toward primary prevention at both the state and national levels. She is a champion for collaborative efforts to prevent violence – most notably by bringing together non-traditional partners around family and community responsibility for healthy relationships and child well-being.  Most recently, Sally has worked in NCIPC with a focus on building processes for more rapid translation of research for practice, actionable knowledge, and practice-to-research strategies.   Sally received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Agnes Scott College and a Master of Public Administration from the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.

Angelita Lee is a Research Assistant for Johns Hopkins University Center for American Indian Health.  Ms. Lee has worked on the Celebrating Life project geared toward suicidal ideations, suicide attempts and self injurious behavior.  She has worked in community settings and with families of individuals who made suicide attempts, delivering life skills curriculumn adapted for the community she serves.

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