Ryan Lindsay, MSW

Presenting in Columbia

Ryan Lindsay’s career has focused on training new and experienced providers in various evidence-based treatments, consulting with organizations on how to implement evidence-based programs, and aiding organizations in program development utilizing evidence-based principles. At the Brown School, he chairs teaches and advises students within the Mental Health concentration in the Master of Social Work program.

Lindsay completed a post-master’s fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Social Work within the University of Michigan Health System. As a result, he developed specialties in several evidence-based treatments. Currently, he is a Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist by the Linehan Board of Certification, an expert in the application of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for complicated PTSD, and a trainer in Motivational Interviewing.

Lindsay’s early experience working in both the public and private sectors sparked a desire to increase community access to evidence-based treatments and programs. In 2009, Lindsay co-founded the St. Louis Center for Family Development, a social enterprise which provides mental health services that are trauma-informed and evidence-based.


Assessing, Intervening and Managing Suicide Risk In Schools (AIMSS): Preliminary Findings From A Qualitative Assessment of School Preparedness To Prevent and Respond To Suicide

Assessing, Intervening, and Managing Suicide in Schools is a comprehensive program aimed at providing school districts with effective policies, protocols, and training to improve suicide risk responses within schools. The program includes the following: 1) assessment of current policies, procedures, and protocols to determine fit between district goals and best practice approaches, 2) technical assistance and advising on modifications to policies, procedures, and protocols to reflect best practices, help to implement a collaborative assessment procedure, and assistance to ensure protections for both districts and students, and 3) workforce development around understanding, assessing, intervening, and managing suicide risk in schools utilizing a collaborative response framework.



  1. Provide an overview of the Assessing, Intervening, and Managing Suicide in Schools program
  2. Describe the iterative process that served as the basis for developing this program
  3. Report preliminary outcomes from the pilot program