Dr. Matthew Miller

Executive Director of Suicide Prevention, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Matthew Miller

Dr. Matthew Miller is the Executive Director for VA Suicide Prevention as well as the Acting Executive Director of PREVENTS within VA Suicide Prevention for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), where he leads a team dedicated to the implementation and reinforcement of evidence-based community and clinical interventions addressing suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.

Dr. Miller previously served as the Director of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL). Under his leadership, VCL became the world’s largest and most efficient suicide crisis call center. He began his VA career as the Chief of Mental Health at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw, MI, where he later became the Deputy Chief of Staff.

Dr. Miller received his PhD from Michigan State University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Miller is an Air Force Veteran. He completed his professional residency in Clinical Psychology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center and served as the Chief of Mental Health at a Joint Services Pilot Training Wing. Dr. Miller was responsible for overseeing outpatient mental health operations for all active duty service members and dependents within the installation community. In addition, he was head of the installation’s suicide prevention, alcohol and drug demand reduction, critical incident response and family advocacy programs.

Panel Information


1:40 PM EST

I Pledge Allegiance to Mental Health: The Brandon Act and (50 mins) Protecting Our Frontline Warriors

Latinos are largely underrepresented across federal government and agencies, except in the military (recent data shows that more than 17% of active-duty personnel are Hispanic). Servicemembers’ dedication to protecting our homeland comes with a steep commitment; physically and mentally. In light of recent headlines surrounding military suicides correlated with the unwarranted stigmas around the reporting of bullying, harassment, and the serious effects to mental health therein – this discussion will center on providing and update on implementation of the Brandon Act. Namely, its intent and impact on the battle against the inequities in mental health support facing Latino military members.

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