Arne Beck, PhD

Senior Investigator

Arne BeckArne L. Beck, PhD, is a Senior Investigator in the Institute for Health Research. His research focus is in mental health services and includes suicide prevention, web-based psychotherapies for prevention and treatment of depression and anxiety among general adult and perinatal populations, and collaborative care models for treatment of co-occurring medical and mental health conditions.

Dr. Beck completed his doctoral training in health psychology at the University of California, San Francisco, and has over 30 years' experience working in health and mental health care delivery systems. He is the Kaiser Permanente Colorado lead investigator for the Mental Health Research Network, a consortium of 13 research centers embedded in health care delivery systems funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Beck is also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the Jefferson Center for Mental Health.


Selected Research

  • Effectiveness of Task Shifting to Peer Delivery of Behavioral Activation for Depression among Pregnant Women

    The objective of this study is to use a three-phase structure to develop an activation peer delivery treatment model of web-based peer training and fidelity monitoring tools, to evaluate the feasibility, tolerability, acceptability, safety, and preliminary effectiveness of behavioral activation peer delivery within obstetric practice settings.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 7/31/2019

  • Pragmatic Trial of Population-based Programs to Prevent Suicide Attempt

    The goal of this project is to conduct a large, pragmatic trial to examine two population-based programs to prevent suicide attempt. Participants will be randomly assigned to continued usual care or usual care supplemented by one of the two prevention programs: an outreach and care management program (via secure messaging and telephone) including structured assessment linked to specific care pathways, or an online psycho-educational program focused on development of emotion regulation skills and prevention of suicidal behaviors, supported by coaching to promote engagement and adherence. The primary outcome will be suicide attempt (fatal or non-fatal) during 18 months following enrollment, ascertained automatically from computerized records.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 12/31/2019

  • Reducing Residual Depressive Symptoms with Web-Based Mindful Mood

    The major goal of this project is to conduct a pragmatic randomized clinical trial of the Mindful Mood Balance (MMB) web-based program to evaluate its effectiveness in reducing residual depressive symptoms (RDS) in recurrently depressed patients.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 6/30/2019

  • Treatment Utilization before Suicide

    This project uses data from eight Mental Health Research Network affiliated health systems across the U.S. to investigate the association between other, non-psychiatric clinical factors, including medical diagnoses, medications, procedures, and types of visits and suicide risk.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 5/31/2019

  • Mental Health Research Network II

    To provide targeted expansion of the Mental Health Network to 1) develop capacity to perform trials involving pharmacotherapy, 2) develop procedures for deploying large-scale mental health IT interventions, and 3) conduct a signature project of a large population impact on an area of high priority to the field.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 7/31/2019

  • A Targeted Approach to Safer Use of Antipsychotics in Youth

    The goal of this project is to conduct a 3 phase study in which we (1) develop a sequenced treatment algorithm and workflow to facilitate safer antipsychotic prescribing in youth aged 5-17 years with non-psychotic disorders; (2) conduct a pilot trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care; and (3) conduct a large scale pragmatic effectiveness trial of the algorithm and workflow versus usual care in six health systems across the US.
    Funder: National Institute on Drug Abuse
    Study End Date: 6/24/2021

  • An Evaluation of the National Zero Suicide Model Across Learning Healthcare Systems

    The proposed study seeks to conduct a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of NZSM implementation in real-world clinical settings across 6 large, diverse Mental Health Research Network affiliated Learning Healthcare Systems providing healthcare for over 9 million individuals each year.
    Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
    Study End Date: 6/30/2022

  • A Pragmatic Trial of Parent-focused Prevention in Pediatric Primary Care: Implementation and Patient Outcomes in Three Health Systems

    The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility, acceptability, and health impact of delivering Guiding Good Choices, an evidence-based universal prevention program, to parents of 11 and 12-year old early adolescents within the network of primary care clinics associated with two large health care systems.
    Funder: National Institutes of Health
    Study End Date: 4/30/2019