After receiving Bachelor of Science degrees in both Psychology and Biological Sciences from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2020, Jacey came to MTOP as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. Since then, she has transferred into the position of Research Program Coordinator in the Division of Suicide Prevention (DSP). Through this role, she collects, manages, and analyzes data surrounding suicide risk and protective factors and suicide prevention measures, with a primary focus on the state of Wisconsin. Current projects include the Preventing Suicide After Traumatic Self-Injury study (P-SATS) and the Reducing Access to Lethal Means study (REALM). She also has been conducting research on the effect legal issues may have on suicidal ideation and behavior as well as trends in suicide deaths in Milwaukee County and various sub-populations. Additionally, she manages the DSP social media and serves on the Milwaukee County Suicide Review Commission.
In the future, Jacey plans to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. She has strong research interests in suicide prevention and mental health following traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and repeated concussions. She hopes to work clinically with vulnerable and underserved populations, particularly victims of trauma or abuse, racial and ethnic minorities, the LGTBQ+ community, and individuals who have been directly and negatively affected by the criminal justice system. When she’s not working, Jacey enjoys visiting dog parks with her rescue pitty Carmen, attending live musical performances and drag shows, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs (much to the dismay of most sports fans in Wisconsin).