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Kerry L. Knox, Ph.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box PSYCH
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 273-4487

Professional Bio

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.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Special Recognition Award for Contribution to the Secretary's Blue Ribbon Panel Meeting and Report | Department of Veterans Affairs | Canandaigua, NY 2008

Recent Journal Articles

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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.
2014 Sep
Ghahramanlou-Holloway M, Brown GK, Currier GW, Brenner L, Knox KL, Grammer G, Carreno-Ponce JT, Stanley B. "Safety Planning for Military (SAFE MIL): rationale, design, and safety considerations of a randomized controlled trial to reduce suicide risk among psychiatric inpatients." Contemporary clinical trials. 2014 Sep; 39(1):113-23. Epub 2014 Jul 12.
2013 Jun
Knox KL, Bajorska A, Feng C, Tang W, Wu P, Tu XM. "Survival analysis for observational and clustered data: an application for assessing individual and environmental risk factors for suicide." Shanghai archives of psychiatry. 2013 Jun; 25(3):183-94.
2012 Oct
Lavigne JE, McCarthy M, Chapman R, Petrilla A, Knox KL. "Exposure to prescription drugs labeled for risk of adverse effects of suicidal behavior or ideation among 100 Air Force personnel who died by suicide, 2006-2009." Suicide & life-threatening behavior. 2012 Oct; 42(5):561-6. Epub 2012 Aug 31.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Psychiatry, Research (SMD) - Primary


PhD | Biological Science | Northwestern University1989
MA | Anthropology | Northwestern University1985
BS | Biology | Northwestern University1978