Matthew Byerly

Matthew Byerly

Speaker: Matthew Byerly, Director, Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery, Montana State University

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 5:30 PM
Place: Hager Auditorium, Museum of the Rockies

Title: Preventing Youth Suicide, Evidence About What Works


Dr. Byerly will describe available youth suicide prevention interventions, highlighting the differences in program approaches and comparing and contrasting the effectiveness of individual programs. He will also discuss the use of a promising new intervention, Youth Aware of Mental Health or YAM, by MSU’s Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery. Dr. Byerly will conclude with recommendations regarding needs for future research in the field, with an emphasis on relevance for Montana and similar rural settings.

About the speaker:

Matthew Byerly, M.D. is a professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Montana State University where he has been the director of the Center for Mental Health Research and Recovery since August of 2015. For the prior 18 years, he was a faculty member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas where he was a professor in the Department of Psychiatry, directing the schizophrenia research and adult fragile X syndrome research programs. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Arizona and completed an adult psychiatry residency and schizophrenia research fellowship at the University of Florida. He has served on multiple expert panels related to antipsychotic treatments and medication adherence in schizophrenia and served as a member of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drugs Advisory Committee.
Much of Dr. Byerly’s research effort has focused on effectiveness studies in mental health. In the past few years, he has also been involved in translational research in neurodevelopmental disorders, including serving as co-PI of a clinical/translational component of an NIH-funded Fragile X Syndrome Center grant. Dr. Byerly’s research efforts now focus on issues of high mental health relevance for Montana, including suicide prevention, addressing mental health needs of rural and frontier settings, the mental health needs of Native Americans and military veterans, and methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.