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Elizabeth Ballard

Elizabeth Ballard PhD

Director of Psychology and Behavior Research, Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland

Dr. Elizabeth Ballard is the Director of Psychology and Behavior Research and the Director of Predoctoral Training at the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch in the National Institute of Mental Health.  She is trained as a clinical psychologist and has extensive clinical experience working with suicidal patients.  She completed her PhD at the Catholic University of America and her clinical internship in the VA Eastern Colorado Healthcare System.   After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she came to the NIMH to spearhead research on the neurobiology of suicide.  She is Lead Associate Investigator on the Neurobiology of Suicide Protocol in the Intramural Program of the NIMH.  Her research interests include short term risk factors for suicide and rapid acting treatments for suicidal thoughts.