Professional Credentials & Affiliations
- Clinical Psychologist
- Master Trainer of Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper
- Co-Chair, Workplace Special Interest Group, International Association of Suicide Prevention
- Co-Lead, Workplace Task Force, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Co-Chair, Consumer-Survivor Committee, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- President, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Colorado
- Co-Founder & Chair, United Suicide Survivors International
- Inductee, Leadership Denver 2014
- Past Director, Survivor of Suicide Loss Division, American Association of Suicidology
Special Events, Awards & Honors
- 2016 Invited Speaker, White House Briefing on Men’s Health
2016 Career Achievement Alumni Award from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology
2015 Farbarow Award, International Association for Suicide Prevention
2014 Invited Guest, White House Briefing on Mental Health
2014 Invited Guest, World Health Organization’s World Suicide Report Launch, Geneva
2014 Survivor of the Year, American Association of Suicidology
2014 Invisible Disabilities Association Impact Honors Award
2012 Alumni Master Scholar, University of Denver
2011 Outstanding Provider for 2011 in the State of Colorado (Colorado Employee Assistance Professionals Association)
2008 Heroes in the Fight Nominee (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
2006 Recognition of Service, BACCHUS Network
2002 Advisor/Moderator of the Year, Regis Univers
- CEO, Carson J Spencer Foundation
- Executive Secretary, National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Professional Speaker, CAMPUSPEAK
- Director of Leadership Development, Regis University
- Police Psychologist, Nicoletti-Flater Associates
- Psychology Intern, Boston VA Medical Center
Jahn, D. & Spencer-Thomas, S. (2014). Continuing bonds through after-death spiritual experiences in individuals bereaved by suicide. Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health 16(4), 2\311-324.
Milner A., Page K.M., Spencer-Thomas S., Lamotagne A.D. (2014). Workplace suicide prevention: a systematic review of published and unpublished activities. Health Promotion International. doi:10.1093/heapro/dau085
Paul, R. & Spencer-Thomas, S. (2012). Changing workplace culture to end the suicide standstill. National Council Magazine. (2), 126-127.
Iliceto P, Pompili M, Spencer-Thomas S, Ferracuti S, Erbuto D, Lester D, Candilera G, & Girardi P. (2012). Occupational stress and psychopathology in health professionals: An explorative study with the Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (MIMIC) model approach. Stress, (2), 143-152.
Spencer-Thomas, S. & Jahn, D. (2012). Tracking a movement: U.S. milestones in suicide prevention. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 42(1), 78-85.
Spencer-Thomas, S. (2012). Developing a workplace suicide prevention program. Journal of Employee Assistance, 42(1), 12-15.
Spencer-Thomas, S. (2011, July). High performers and suicide prevention in the workplace. Psychiatric Annals, 41(7), 343-344.
Nicoletti, J., Spencer-Thomas, S. & Bollinger, C. (Eds.) (2010). Violence Goes to College: The Authoritative Guide to Prevention and Intervention. (2nd Edition) Charles C Thomas, Publisher: Springfield, IL.
Spencer-Thomas, S. (2009, May 15). To 10 strategies for bolstering students’ mental resilience. The Chronicle of Higher Education, LV (36), A26.
Spencer-Thomas, S. & Ginsberg, R. (2009). Working Minds: Suicide Prevention Toolkit. Westminster, CO: Carson J Spencer Foundation, Inc.
Doty, T. & Spencer-Thomas, S. (2009). The Role of Faith Communities in Suicide Prevention: A Guidebook for Faith Leaders. Westminster, CO: Carson J Spencer Foundation, Inc.
Nicoletti, J. & Spencer-Thomas, S. (2001). Contamination of cop: Secondary traumatic stress of officers responding to civilian suicides. In D. Sheehan and J. Warren (Eds.) Suicide and Law Enforcement. Washington, D.C.: Behavioral Science Unit FBI Academy, U.S. Department of Justice.