This podcast reviews qualitative research methods for listeners, offering examples of qualitative design for suicide prevention research and evaluation. Presenter Brooke A. Levandowski, Ph.D, MPA, will review qualitative methodologies, outlining a framework for evaluating qualitative suicide prevention in primary care settings, and highlighting the additional research power available through qualitative designs. Presenter Lisham Ashrafioun, Ph.D. will review his use of qualitative research methods, including qualitative designs and data to evaluate clinical interventions.
Brooke A. Levandowski, PhD, MPA is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Senior Informaticist in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University. Dr. Levandowski's research seeks to enhance patient-provider communication and thereby improve stigmatized health outcomes through understanding the influence of social determinants of health on health decision making, primarily in the field of reproductive and sexual health. Dr. Levandowski spent four years as a Health Science Specialist at the VA Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center conducting research on VHA providers' and Veterans' perceptions of suicide prevention interventions in primary care and the use of safety planning interventions with Veterans at high risk for suicide; conducting program evaluations; and training Postdoctoral Fellows in the use of qualitative data for suicide prevention research. She received a Masters in Public Administration from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Public Health.