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

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Professional Experience

  • 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


Major Publications

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 Workplace suicide prevention: a systematic review of published and unpublished activities.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.