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Kerry L. Knox, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 273-4487


Professional Background

Dr. Kerry L. Knox has a broad educational background and diverse experience, beginning in cancer epidemiology conducting randomized control trials, transitioning to graduate work in biological anthropology, with an emphasis on investigating the relationship between social stress from aggressive and violent behaviors in primates that result in serious reproductive suppression. Her postdoctoral work in neurobiology and physiology continued this thematic interest, through basic scientific research on the relationship between stress and poor outcomes. Since 2000 her disciplinary home has been solidly based in psychiatric epidemiology, with an overall abiding interest in the relationship between stress (biological, social, psychological, psychiatric or deployment related) and poor outcomes- the worst of which is suicide. Her work has focused nearly exclusively on active duty military and veteran populations. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has funded her for over 13 years to study novel methodological approaches to investigate the epidemiology of suicide and effectiveness of a multi-component suicide prevention program in the United States Air Force (USAF). She is currently the PI on a NIMH funded study to examine the interaction of mediators and moderators on effectiveness of implementation of suicide prevention initiatives in the USAF, as well as an NIMH funded study to determine the underlying factors that prompted a veteran to call the 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line. Dr. Knox maintains a strong interest in intervention research, and is presently a Co-Investigator on a Department of Defense study (Wyman P, PI) to adapt an evidence-based intervention (Sources of Strength) to build social connections in younger airmen through peer leadership exemplifying an upstream intervention approach to prevent suicidal and other deleterious behaviors.


Faculty Appointments


BS | Northwestern University

MA | Northwestern University

PhD | Northwestern University
Biological Science


University of Rochester Medical School, Dean's Excellence Research Incentive Award

Special Recognition Award for Contribution to the Secretary's Blue Ribbon Panel Meeting and Report
Sponsor: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Canandaigua, NY

University of Rochester Medical School, Dean's Excellence Research Incentive Award

University of Rochester Medical School, Dean's Excellence Research Incentive Award

Fellowship Award, Association of Univerity Women (declined)

1988 - 1989
Graduate Teaching Fellowship Award, Northwestern University

1986 - 1986
Visiting Scholar Fellowship, Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Jersey, Channel Islands

1985 - 1986
Graduate Scholarship Award, Northwestern University

1984 - 1985
Graduate Scholarship Award, Northwestern University

1976 - 1978
Merit Scholarship Award, Illinois State Scholarship Commission

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Journal Articles

Rasmussen, K. A.; King, D. A.; Gould, M. S.; Cross, W.; Tang, W.; Kaukeinen, K.; Tu, X.; Knox, K.L. "Concerns of older Veteran callers to the Veterans Crisis Line." Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 2016; .

Chen, T.; Knox, K.; Arora, J.; Tany, W.; Tu, X.M. "Power Analysis for Clustered Non-Continuous Responses in Multicenter Trials." Applied Statistics. 2016; 43(6): 979-995.

Chesin MS, Stanley B. Haigh EA, Chaudhury SR, Pontoski K, Knox KL, Brown GK. "Staff Views of an emergency department intervention using safety planning and structured follow-up with suicidal veterans. Arch." Suicide Res. 2016; ePub(ePub).

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Evidence Based Approaches to Public Health Approaches to Suicide Prevention
Book Title: Advancing the science of suicidal behavior: Understanding and intervention
Author List: Knox KL.; Rasumussen K.
Published By: Nova Science Publishers2014 in Hauppauge, NY

Chapter Title: Pharmacist and pharmacy staff knowledge and attitudes towards suicide and suicide prevention: Lessons from a national training program in the US Department of Veterans Affairs
Book Title: Frontiers in Suicide Risk Research, Treatment and Prevention
Author List: Lavigne JE.; King DA.; Lu N.; Kemp J.; Knox KL.
Published By: Science Publishers;2013

Chapter Title: Attitudes and Motivation to Refer Patients for Suicide Risk Assessment: Lessons from Operation SAVE
Book Title: Frontiers in Suicide Risk Research, Treatment and Prevention. Nova Science Publishers
Author List: Lavigne JE.; King DA.; Lu N.; Knox KL.; Kemp J.
Published By: Science Publishers;2013