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Associate Professor, Constance Wilson Professor in Mental Health
649 Patterson Office Tower

Areas of Expertise

  • Military behavioral health
  • Research design

Highlighted Publications

  • Latimer, A. L., Otis, M. D., Flaherty, C., & Ross, M. A. (2021). A survey of moral distress and end of life care in mechanical circulatory support nurses. Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 50(1), 65–70.
  • Snow, A., Cerel, J., Loeffler, D., & Flaherty, C. (2019). Barriers to Mental Health Care for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming Adults: A Systematic Literature Review. Health & social work., 2019, Vol.44(3), p.149-155 ISSN: 0360-7283 , 1545-6854; DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hlz016
  • Cerel, J., Brown, M. M., Maple, M., Singleton, M., Venne, J., Moore, M., & Flaherty, C. (2018). How many people are exposed to suicide? Not six. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.
  • Cerel, J., Maple, M., Van De Venne, J., Brown, M., Moore, M., & Flaherty, C. (2017). Suicide exposure in the population: Perceptions of impact and closeness. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(6), 696–708.

Current Projects

  • US Army/University of Kentucky MSW Collaborative
  • DoD/University partnership to train the next generation of military social work officers
  • Personal & Professional Exposure to Suicide
  • Military Suicide Research Consortium, US Department of Defense
  • Two-year study of the effects on suicide and traumatic exposure on National Guard Members and to examine the training and preparedness of military first responders to suicide postvention

Alma Mater

  • University of Tennessee – PhD in Social Work

Get to Know Chris

Chris is a retired US Air Force social work officer. He is dedicated to advancing behavioral health education for those who wish to serve military and veteran populations. As a Kentucky native, he enjoys bourbon, basketball, and horses.