UW Research

Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPAR)



The mission of the Center for Suicide Prevention and Recovery (CSPAR) is to promote the recovery of individuals experiencing suicidal thoughts and behavior and the effectiveness and resilience of the clinical staff and families who care for them through conducting rigorous and ecologically valid research developing innovative interventions improving policies, systems and environments of care providing expert training and consultation listening to and understanding the lived experience of those we serve.

We seek a deep understanding of the cultures and settings in which we work that lead to meaningful, pragmatic interventions that are ready for implementation.

Funding Information

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC)
Military Operational Research Program (MOMRP)
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
US Department of Defense

Reporting Structure

Jürgen Unützer, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Related UW Entities

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UW School of Medicine

External Partners

  • Evergreen Recovery Centers
  • Lake-Milam Recover Centers
  • Military Suicide Research Consortium (MSRC)
  • Northwest Integrated Health (NWIH)
  • Olalla Recover Centers
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, STRONG STAR Training Initiative
  • University of Victoria
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
    • Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, South Central MIRECC
    • Rocky Mountain MIRECC for VA Suicide Prevention
    • VA Palo Alto Health System
  • Washington State University