Our Partners, Values, and Team
SafeSide serves health, behavioral health, community, and educational organizations who share the aspirational goal of Zero Suicide (whether or not you call it that). Most of our subscribers have already made strides in implementing evidence-based tools, and are ready to bring it all together with a coherent framework. We work with state and provincial leaders who want training that scales, and a common language that unites the workforce across their region.
Our most successful partners invest in high quality continuing education to benefit current staff and attract new talent. Their SafeSide subscription is an opportunity to provide their employees with sustainable, year-round learning, and interactions with experts and like-minded professionals around the world.
More than Safety
Safety is essential, but not the final goal. We'll help you meet patient safety goals and regulations, but we aim higher: toward recovery, health, and happiness.
Better Together: Clinical and Lived Experience
All SafeSide educational programs are co-led by a suicide prevention expert and an instructor with lived experience.
Measure Your Impact
SafeSide training grew out of programs and studies conducted by Dr. Tony Pisani at the University of Rochester. Research on the approach is ongoing. We suggest metrics and provide data to assist our subscribers in measuring their impact and progress.
We prioritize the health, prosperity, and connectedness of our team, so our partnership with you will be warm, productive, and uplifting.
Meliora (“always better!”) is the motto of the University of Rochester and a core value of SafeSide Prevention. We offer subscriptions, ongoing contact, and continually updated materials to keep up with advances in the field and to respond feedback and requests from our subscriber community.
Tony Pisani, PhD
Primary care psychologist, family therapist, and suicide prevention researcher at the University of Rochester Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Tony spent 10 years developing and road-testing the SafeSide framework and educational methods.
A gifted teacher dedicated to helping people see the many reasons they have for living. She keeps the team thinking about what patients experience in the health and behavioral health care system.
Read more about Kristina's story.
Dan Murrie, PhD
A University of Virginia forensic psychologist who lends his violence prevention expertise to our programs. Dan and Tony are research and thinking partners for SafeSide’s risk formulation model.
Laurie Davidson, MA
Laurie translates SafeSide's framework into lively video-based lessons, demonstrations, and group exercises. She led the development of the Zero Suicide website and toolkit at SPRC.
Clinical psychology + film/video production makes Pedro the perfect fit for the SafeSide team. He’s also passionate about tracking change, so add data nerd to the equation.
Lisa Walker, LCSW
Through suicide and violence prevention to quality improvement and regulatory compliance, Lisa has helped people find hope in behavioral health for more than 20 years.
Ryan Woods, MDiv
He keeps our diverse team on track. As an experienced process and operations guy, he focuses not just on task completion but also our purpose: Creating hope and a sense of what could be.