About Us

After decades of working to implement evidence-based practices in real-world settings, Kelly Koerner, PhD and Linda Dimeff, PhD turned their attention to behavioral health’s most dire problem: the rising rates of suicide. In other ventures, they have used technology to provide real-time training and decision support to clinicians. That success gave rise to the question:

Can a virtual guide help emergency departments assess and treat suicidal patients?

With funding from NIMH, they set out to answer this question, ultimately launching Jaspr Health to bring innovative solutions to crisis-care settings.

Leadership Team

Drs. Kelly Koerner and Linda Dimeff are internationally-recognized leaders in bringing evidence-based practices to real-world settings through new technologies. For more than two decades, they have designed, built, and deployed innovative solutions to improve care and outcomes for people with behavioral health disorders.  View the 30+ National Institutes of Health grants awarded to Drs. Dimeff and Koerner.

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Kelly Koerner, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

An expert clinician and trainer in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Kelly has spent her career developing innovative ways to close the gap between scientific research and how clinicians practice. Since co-founding her first behavioral health training company in 1997, she has given life to multiple behavioral technology ventures, including BTECH Research, Practice Ground, and Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC. Kelly is also adjunct clinical faculty at the University of Washington and the author of Doing Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Practical Guide.
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Linda Dimeff, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

With more than 30 federal grant and over 50 peer-reviewed publications, Linda is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent DBT and substance-abuse experts. She has partnered with Dr. Koerner on multiple ventures, including BTECH Research and Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC. and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington. She is also principal owner of Portland DBT Institute, which employs 30 clinicians in two Oregon locations and Heal, Thrive, Grow Behavioral Health, Inc., a private practice group serving adults and adolescents.
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Chris Hall

Chief Operations Officer

Chris is a sales and marketing professional with experience building internal frameworks to grow early stage companies in the health and financial services industries. He is a Humana Innovation Center alum and a published co-author studying the benefits of technology use to increase mental health patient engagement. Chris was also the co-founder of an award-winning mobile health application that was later acquired. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, a former Air Force Acquisition Officer, and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.
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Topher Jerome

Director of Lived Experience Integration

Topher brings a lifetime of relevant experience to our team. He spent 12 years developing and managing peer support programs in intensive psychiatric settings in addition to a background in information technology, including EMRs. As a suicide attempt survivor himself, Topher has a personal commitment to the work at Jaspr Health.
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Gunjan Siroya

Chief Information Security Officer

Business executive with experience in business, technology, operations, partnerships, marketing and product management strategies to create multiples in economic value in US and global settings. Successfully managed P&L with collaborative relationships, building organizational capability, optimizing processes and serves the business mission with changing needs of the markets. Agile, flexible and responsive to organizational and market conditions and experienced in leading multi-cultural teams. Deep knowledge of technology business leveraging innovation in business models. Entrepreneurial experience in product development and management of web based business applications and digital strategies. Blog and technology writer for healthcare technology markets.

Principal Investigators

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Linda Dimeff, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer

JASPR HEALTH

With more than 30 federal grant and over 50 peer-reviewed publications, Linda is recognized as one of the world’s most preeminent DBT and substance-abuse experts. She has partnered with Dr. Koerner on multiple ventures, including BTECH Research and Evidence-Based Practice Institute, LLC. and serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Washington. She is also principal owner of Portland DBT Institute, which employs 30 clinicians in two Oregon locations and Heal, Thrive, Grow Behavioral Health, Inc., a private practice group serving adults and adolescents.

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David Jobes, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Suicidology Expert

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY

Dr. Jobes’ research and writing in suicide has produced well over 100 peer reviewed publications (including six books on clinical suicidology). As an internationally recognized suicidologist, Dr. Jobes is a past President of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and was a recipient of that organization’s 1995 “Shneidman Award” in recognition of early career contribution to suicide research. Dr. Jobes also received the 2012 AAS “Dublin Award” in recognition of career contributions in suicidology and the 2015 AAS “Linehan Award” in recognition for his ground breaking clinical research.

Advisors

We are guided by the collaborative input of leading experts in mental health, suicide prevention, technology, and most important, those who have lived experience with suicide.

Marian Betz, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
CU Dept of Emergency Medicine
Edwin Boudreaux, PhD
Vice Chair, Emergency Medicine Research
UMass Memorial Medical Center
James Bourgeois, MD
Chair, Dept of Psychiatry
Baylor Scott & White
Greg Brown, PhD
Director, Penn Center for Prevention of Suicide
University of Pennsylvania
Craig Bryan, PsyD
Executive Director, National Center for Veterans Studies
University of Utah
Pete Carlson, MEd, MBA
President, Behavioral Health Services
AdvocateAurora Health
Katherine Comtois, PhD, MPH
Professor, Dept of Psychology
University of Washington
Diana Cortez-Yanez *
Lived Experience Consultant
Zero Suicide Institute
Paul Goering, MD
VP, Mental Health
Allina Health
Julie Goldstein Grumet, PhD
Director
Zero Suicide Institute
Chadd Kraus, DO, MPH, DrPH, CPH
Research Director, Emergency Medicine
Geisinger Health
James Leaming, MD
Director, Emergency Medicine
Geisinger Health
Michael Levinson, MD
Medical Director, Marymount Emergency Dept
Cleveland Clinic
Cara Lewis, PhD
Associate Investigator
Kaiser Permanente WA Health Research Institute
Ben Lok, PhD
Director, Virtual Experiences Research
University of Florida
Lisa Lovejoy *
Peer Support Coordinator
Harborview Medical Center
Gabrielle Melin, MD, MS
Medical Director, Emergency Psychiatric Medicine
Mayo Clinic
Gregg Miller, MD
Chief Medical Officer
Vituity
Sean Mooney, PhD
Chief Research Information Officer
University of Washington
Paul Nestadt, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Karin Neufeld, MD, MPH
Clinical Director, Dept of Psychiatry
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Matt Nock, PhD
Director, Lab for Clinical & Developmental Research
Harvard University
Sean O’Dell, PhD
Clinical Investigator
Geisinger Health
Joseph Rasimas, MD, PhD, FAPM
Director
Hennepin County Medical Center
Lorilei Snyder *
Suicide Prevention Advocate
Keith Stone, MD, FACEP
Chairman, Dept of Emergency Medicine
Baylor Scott & White
Jeff Sung, MD
Clinical Instructor
University of Washington
Katerine Switz, MBA *
Executive Director
The Stability Network
Jim Vollendroff, MSW, MPH *
Director, Behavioral Health Institute
Harborview Medical Center
Ursula Whiteside, PhD *
Clinical Psychologist & CEO
Now Matters Now
Suzanne Witterholt, MD
Community Liaison Psychiatrist
Direct Care & Treatment (DCT)
* Person with lived experience

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