Arne Beck, PhD

Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Research

Arne BeckArne L. Beck, PhD, is a Senior Investigator and the Director of Quality Improvement and Strategic Research of the Institute for Health Research. Dr. Beck's research interests include mental health services, suicide prevention, and perinatal mental health.

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 has substantial expertise in-person and web-based psychotherapies for prevention and treatment of depression among perinatal and general adult populations, large-scale suicide prevention interventions, and identification and treatment of psychiatric disorders in medical settings.

Dr. Beck is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the 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: 7/31/2018
  • 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: 8/31/2018

  • 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: 2/28/2019

  • 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

  • Infrastructure Development Program in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research
    The aim of this sub-project is to examine the influence of individual, social, and neighborhood characteristics on the prevalence and treatment of depression in the city and county of Denver.
    Funder: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    Study End Date: 7/31/2019

  • Advancing Feedback Informed Care for Depression
    Funder: Garfield Memorial Fund
    Study End Date: 2/28/2018