Faculty Profile: Suzannah Creech, PhD

Suzannah Creech, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Dr. Creech conducts research on the associations between coping skills, social support, and relationship problems with mental health outcomes in women Veterans and other vulnerable Veteran populations. She also investigates the health and well-being of Veterans and Veteran families who are coping with psychiatric difficulties.

Research Description

Dr. Creech's research has been historically in the area of trauma and physical health problems such as chronic pain. It is now focused broadly on mediators of the relationship between traumatic events and health with a focus on women's mental health and Veteran family functioning. For example, she is studying the roles of coping skills, social support, and relationship adjustment as important concomitants of outcomes after trauma. Within this framework, Dr. Creech is especially interested in women's mental health, and the specific needs of women Veterans and family functioning in vulnerable Veteran populations (e.g. homeless Veterans). Dr. Creech is also involved in research in the areas of interpersonal violence and PTSD, and has active studies examining parenting skills and the parent-child relationship among Veterans with mental health symptoms.

Affiliations

Providence VA Vulnerable Veteran Populations Research Group

Funded Research

Principal Investigator "A Pilot Study of the Impact of PTSD and Marital Conflict on Children's Health." Rhode Island Foundation Medical research grant#20123844. $14,621, 2/2013-8/2014.

Principal Investigator "Development of an intervention to improve interpersonal functioning in returning women veterans exposed to deployment stress." Department of Veterans Affairs VISN-1 Career Development Award- mentored. $180,000, 2/1/2012-1/31/2014, 9 cal months.

Principal Investigator "Development of an intervention to improve interpersonal functioning in returning women veterans exposed to deployment stress." Ocean State Research Institute seed funding award. $5,000.

Principal Investigator "Development of an intervention to improve interpersonal functioning in returning women veterans exposed to deployment stress." TJX Foundation. $5,000.

Principal Investigator, Providence Site. "PTSD-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Partner Violent OIF/OEF Veterans." Department of Defense (PT073945); PI: Casey Taft, Ph.D. 1/2013 to present, 1.5 cal months.

Principal Investigator, Providence Site. "PTSD-Focused Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Returning Veterans and Their Partners." Centers for Disease Control (U49/CE001248-02); PI: Casey Taft, Ph.D. 1/2013 to present, 1.5 cal months.

Selected Publications

  • Creech, SK; Hadley, W; Borsari, B. The impact of military deployment and reintegration on children and parenting: a systematic review. (In Press) Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. (2014)
  • Creech, SK; Borsari, B. Alcohol Use, Military Sexual Trauma, Expectancies and Coping Skills in Women Veterans Presenting to Primary Care. (2013). Addictive Behaviors. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2013.02.006 (2013)
  • Creech, SK; Benzer, JK; Liebsack, B; Proctor, S; Taft, C. Impact of coping style and PTSD on family functioning after deployment in Desert Shield/Storm returnees. Journal of Traumatic Stress. August 2013, 26, 1–5. DOI: 10.1002/jts.21823 (2013)
  • Orchowski, L.M., Creech, S.K., Reddy, M., Capezza, N., Ratcliff, T. (2012). College women's perceived risk to experience sexual victimization: A prospective analysis. Violence and Victims. 27(2), 194-214. (2012)
  • Taft CT, Creech SK, Kachadourian L. Assessment and treatment of posttraumatic anger and aggression: A review (2012). Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development. 49(5), 777–88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2011.09.0156 (2012)
  • Creech, S.; Davis,K.; Howard, M.; Pearlstein, T.; Zlotnick, C. Psychological/verbal abuse and utilization of mental health care in perinatal women seeking treatment for depression (2012). Archives of Women's Mental Health. 15(5), 361-365. DOI: 10.1007/s00737-012-0294-y (2012)
  • Creech, S. K., Smith, J., Grimes, J. & Meagher, M. (2011) Written emotional disclosure of trauma and trauma history impacts pain sensitivity in females. Journal of Pain. 12(7), 801-810. (2011)
  • Creech, S. K., Evardone, M., Braswell, L & Hopwood, C. J., (2010) Validity of the Personality Assessment Screener in Veterans referred for psychological testing. Military Psychology. 22(4), 465-473. (2010)
  • Grimes, J.S., Creech, S.K., Young, Vichaya & Meagher, M.W. (2009) Distraction speeds the decay of shock-induced hypoalgesia: evidence for the contribution of memory systems in affective pain modulation. Journal of Pain. 10(3), 282-92 (2009)
  • Hopwood, C. J., Creech, S. K., Clark, T., Meagher, M.W., & Morey, L. C. (2008). Predicting the completion of an integrative and intensive outpatient chronic pain treatment with the Personality Assessment Inventory. Journal of Personality Assessment. 90(1) 76 – 80. (2008)
  • Hopwood, C.J., Creech, S.K., Clark, T.S., Meagher, M.W., & Morey, L.C. (2008). Optimal Multidimensional Pain Inventory scoring in a chronic pain sample. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 15(4), 301-307. (2008)
  • Hopwood, C. J., Creech, S. K., Clark, T., Meagher, M.W., & Morey, L. C. (2007). Convergence of the Multidimensional Pain Inventory and the Personality Assessment Inventory among patients with chronic pain. Rehabilitation Psychology. 52(4) 443-450. (2007)
  • Karlin, B., Creech, S. Grimes, J., Clark, T., Meagher, M., Morey, L. (2006) The Personality Assessment Inventory with chronic pain patients: psychometric properties and clinical utility. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 61(12). (2006)