Jessica M. LaCroix, Ph.D. 2015


PhD. 2015, University of Connecticut.

M.S., Summa cum laude, 2008, Psychology, University of Idaho

B.A., Summa cum laude, 2005, Psychology and Mathematics, Quinnipiac University

Position: Dr. LaCroix is a Research Psychologist and Co-Principal Investigator for the Suicide Care, Prevention, and Research (CPR) Initiative at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. She currently provides oversight for all research, education, and dissemination activities for the Suicide CPR Initiative to advance the science and clinical practice of suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
Research Interests:
  • Military mental health, suicide prevention, stigma, relationships, gender, meta-analysis
Comment about the Social Program: “I adored my time in the Social Program at UConn. The faculty are engaging and provide a great balance of training in theory and application. In addition, the certifications I received in Health Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods have proven invaluable to my current research.”
Representative Publications:
Baer, M., LaCroix, J. M., Browne, J., Hassen, H., Weaver, J., Soumoff, S., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2017). Non-suicidal self-injury elevates suicide risk among United States military personnel with lifetime attempted suicide. Archives of Suicide Research. Advanced online publication.  doi: 10.1080/13811118.2017.1358225
Colborn, V. A., LaCroix, J. M., Neely, L. L., Tucker, J., Perera, K., Daruwala, S. E., Gramer, G., Weaver, J., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2017). Motor impulsivity differentiates between psychiatric military inpatients with multiple versus single lifetime suicide attempts. Psychiatry Research, 253,18-21.
LaCroix, J. M., Sterling, A. G., Daruwala, S. E., Kauten, R. L., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2017). Suicide prevention programmatic efforts within military basic training: Summary of prior research and current research initiative supported by the United States Defense Suicide Prevention Office.North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology Organization (STO), Riga, Latvia.
Shirley, S., Baggett, M., LaCroix, J. M., Ponce, G., Schuler, K., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2017). United States Special Operations Command, Preservation of the Force and Family: Two case examples of programs for suicide prevention. North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Science and Technology Organization (STO), Riga, Latvia.
Ruscio, K. M., Colborn, V. A., Yang, C. L., Koss, K. R., Neely, L. L., Carreno, J. T., LaCroix, J. M., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2017). Expressed emotion and recurrence of suicidal behaviors: review, conceptual model, and recommendations. Suicidology Online, 8, 22.
Kochanski-Ruscio, K., Nademin, M. E., Perera, K., LaCroix, J. M., Baer, M., Hassen, H. O., Englert, D., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). An examination of United States Air Force suicide decedents based on documented suicide attempt histories. Archives of Suicide Research, 26, 1-12.
LaCroix, J. M., & Pratto, F. (2015). Instrumentality and the denial of personhood: The social psychology of objectifying others. International Review of Social Psychology, 1, 183-211.
LaCroix, J. M., Snyder, L. B., Huedo-Medina, T. B., & Johnson, B. T. (2014). Effectiveness of mass media interventions for HIV prevention, 1986-2013: A meta-analysis. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 66, S329-S340.
LaCroix, J. M., Pellowski, J. A., Lennon, C. A., & Johnson, B. T. (2013). Behavioral interventions to reduce sexual risk for HIV in heterosexual couples: A meta-analysis. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 89, 620-627.
Johnson, B. T., Low, R. E., & LaCroix, J. M. (2013). Systematic Reviews to Support Evidence-Based Medicine (2nd Edition) by Khalid Khan, Regina Kunz, Jos Kleignen and Gerd Antes: A review. Research Synthesis Methods, 4(1), 102-108.
Snyder, L. B., & LaCroix, J. M. (2013). How effective are mediated health campaigns? A synthesis of meta-analyses. In Rice, R. A., & Atkin, C. (Eds.)Public Communication Campaigns (4th ed., pp. 113-129). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Brown, J. C., Huedo-Medina, T. B., Pescatello, L. S., Ryan, S. M., Pescatello, S. M., Moker, E., LaCroix, J. M., Ferrer, R. A., & Johnson, B. T. (2012). The efficacy of exercise in reducing depression symptoms among cancer survivors: A meta-analysis. PLoS ONE,7: e30955. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0030955
Craig, T. Y., & LaCroix, J. M. (2011). Tomboy as protective identity. Journal of Lesbian Studies, 15(4) 450-465.
Huedo-Medina, T. B., Boynton, M. B., Warren, M. R., LaCroix, J. M., Carey, M. P., & Johnson, B. T. (2010). Efficacy of HIV interventions in Latin American and Caribbean nations, 1995-2008: A meta-analysis. AIDS and Behavior 14, 1237-1251.
Johnson, B. T., Scott-Sheldon, L. A. J., LaCroix, J. M., Anderson, J. R., & Carey, M. P. (2009). Behavioral interventions for African-Americans to reduce sexual risk of HIV: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 51(4), 492-501.