Karin Orvis appointed as Director, Defense Suicide Prevention Office, U.S. Department of Defense

• March 14, 2019: Karin A. Orvis was appointed as the Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the U.S. Department of Defense yesterday, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. Orvis is charged with managing the policy, oversight and advocacy of Defense Department suicide prevention programs. Orvis has worked for the federal government, in academics and in other areas of the private sector for nearly twenty years. She previously worked for four years as an assistant professor at Old Dominion University. She was also previously a Program Manager at the Basic Research program at the U.S. Army’s Research Institute for Behavioral and Social Services. Orvis was most recently the Acting Principal Director for Military Community and Family Policy at the Defense Department. She also previously worked as the Director of the Transition to Veterans Program Office. Orvis received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Michigan State University, and she received a doctorate and a master of arts degree in industrial and organizational psychology from George Mason University. The Defense Department’s Defense Suicide Prevention Office was created in 2011.

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