Update: April 2019

Alexander J. Millner

 

Contact Information:

Harvard University

Department of Psychology

William James Hall 1206

33 Kirkland St.

Cambridge, MA 02138

Email: amillner@fas.harvard.edu

 Website: www.alexmillner.com

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS


2018-Present

 

 

2018-Present

 

 

2015-2018

Harvard University

Research Associate

 

Franciscan Children’s

Scientific Director, Mental Health Research

 

Harvard University

Postdoctoral Fellow

EDUCATION


2008-2015  

2014-2015

2008-2011

1998-2002

Harvard University

Ph.D. Clinical Science, Department of Psychology

Advisor: Matthew Nock

McLean Hospital\Harvard Medical School

Pre-Doctoral Clinical Internship

Harvard University

A.M. Clinical Science, Department of Psychology

Advisor: Diego Pizzagalli

Northwestern University

B.A. History

FUNDING


 Current Support

2018–2019

2018 – 2019

2017-2019    

2017-2018

2016-2018

National  Institute  of  Mental  Health  (R21  MH115293-01S1)

Administrative  supplement  to  Using  Ambulatory  Physiological  Monitoring  to  Improve  Detection  of  Harmful  Behaviors  on Adolescent  Inpatient  Psychiatry  Units  

Role: Co-Investigator  

Amount  awarded:  $67,605

Military Suicide Research Consortium (W81XWH-16-2-0004)

Enhancing Identification of Suicide Risk among Military Service Members and Veterans: A Machine Learning Approach to Suicidality

Role: Consultant (PI: Andrew Littlefield)

Amount awarded: $260,992

Harvard subcontract: $37,940

Harvard University Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative

Title: “The relationship between aberrant escape decision-making and suicidal behaviors.”

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount awarded: $5,000

National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23 DA 035297-04S1)

Title: “Gender differences in mechanisms of recovery from opioid use disorder and anxiety – supplement.”

Role: Consultant (PI: Kathryn McHugh)

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Postdoctoral Research

Fellowship Innovation Grant

Title: “The Relationship between decision-making in a negative environment and suicidal behaviors.”

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount awarded: $104,000

Completed Support

2013-2016    

2012

2012

Department of Defense, Military Suicide Research Consortium

Title: “New approaches to the measurement of suicide-related cognition.”

Role: Co-Principal Investigator (PI: Matthew Nock)

Amount awarded: $777,564

The Sackler Scholar Programme in Psychobiology, Dr. Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation

Title: “Clarifying the pathway to suicide: An examination of subtypes of suicidal behavior and their association with impulsiveness.”

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount awarded: $11,595

Restricted Funds Research Grant Recipient, Harvard University Department of Psychology

Title: “Piloting and validating a task of impulsive behavior to relieve distress.”

Role: Principal Investigator

Amount awarded: $3,000

PUBLICATIONS


Available Online/In Press

Wilson, K.M.,* Millner, A.J.,* Auerbach, R.P., Glenn, C.R., Kearns, J.C., Kirtley, O.J., Najmi, S., O’Connor, R.C., Stewart, J.G., Cha, C.B. (in press). Investigating the psychometric properties of the Suicide Stroop task.

Patzelt, E.H., Kool, W., Millner, A.J., Gershman, S.J. (in press). The transdiagnostic structure of mental effort avoidance. Scientific Reports.

Coppersmith, D.D.L., Kleiman, E.M., Glenn, C.R., Millner, A.J., & Nock, M.K. (in press). The dynamics of social support among suicide attempters: A smartphone-based daily diary study. Behavior Research and Therapy.

Millner, A.J., den Ouden, H.E.M., Gershman, S.J., Glenn, C.R., Kearns, J., Bornstein, A.M., Marx, B.P., Keane, T.M., Nock, M.K. (in press). Suicidal thoughts and behaviors are associated with an increased decision-making bias for active responses to escape aversive states. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Glenn, C. R., Millner, A. J., Esposito, E. C., Porter, A. C., & Nock, M. K. (2019). Implicit identification with death predicts suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 48(2), 263-272.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M.D., Hoyt, K., Buckholtz, J.W., Auerbach, R.P., & Nock, M.K. (available online). Are suicide attempters more impulsive than suicide ideators? General Hospital Psychiatry.

Nock, M.K., Han, G., Millner, A.J., Gutierrez, P.M., Joiner, T.J., Hwang, I., King, A., Naifeh, J.A., Simpson, N.A., Zaslavsky, A.M., Stein, M.B., Ursano, R.J., & Kessler, R.C. (available online). Patterns and predictors of persistence of suicide ideation: Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS).  Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Patzelt, E.H., Kool, W., Millner, A.J., Gershman, S.J. (available online). Incentives boost model-based control across a range of severity on several psychiatric constructs. Biological psychiatry.

Nock, M.K., Millner, A.J., Joiner, T.E., Gutierrez, P.M., Hwang, I., King, A.J., Naifeh, J.A., Sampson, N.A., Zaslavsky, A.M., Stein, M.B., & Kessler, R.C. (available online). Risk factors for the transition from suicide ideation to suicide attempt: Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Millner, A.J., Coppersmith, D.D.L., Teachman, B.A., & Nock, M.K. (available online). The Brief Death Implicit Association Test: Scoring recommendations, reliability, validity and comparisons with the Death Implicit Association Test. Psychological Assessment.

Millner, A.J., Augenstein, T.M., Visser, K.H., Gallagher, K., Vergara, G.A., D’Angelo, E.J., & Nock, M.K.

(available online) Implicit cognitions as a behavioral marker of suicide attempts in adolescents. Archives of Suicide Research.

Millner, A.J., Ursano, R.J., Hwang, I., King, A.J., Naifeh, J.A., Sampson, N.A., Zaslavsky, A.M., Stein, M.B., Kessler, R.C., & Nock, M.K. (available online). Prior mental disorders and lifetime suicidal behaviors among U.S. Army soldiers in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Fox, K.R., Millner, A.J., Mukerji, C.E., & Nock, M.K. (available online) Examining the role of sex in self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. Clinical Psychology Review.

Peer-reviewed publications

Millner, A. J., Gershman, S. J., Nock, M. K., & den Ouden, H. E. M. (2018). Pavlovian Control of Escape and Avoidance. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 30(10), 1379–1390.

Millner, A.J., Ursano, R.J., Hwang, I., King, A.J., Naifeh, J.A., Sampson, N.A., Zaslavsky, A.M., Stein, M.B., Kessler, R.C., & Nock, M.K. (2018). Lifetime suicidal behaviors and career characteristics among U.S. Army soldiers: Results from the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS). Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 48(2), 230-250.

Kleiman, E.M., Coppersmith, D.D.L., Millner, A.J., Franz, P.J., Fox, K.R., & Nock, M.K., (2018). Are suicidal thoughts reinforcing? A preliminary real-time monitoring study on the affect regulation function of suicidal thinking. Journal of Affective Disorders. 232, 122-26.

Gomez, S.H., Tse, J., Wang, Y., Turner, B., Millner, A.J., Nock, M.K., & Dunn, E.C. (2017). Are there sensitive periods when child maltreatment substantially elevates suicide risk? Results from a nationally representative sample of adolescents. Depression and Anxiety, 34(8), 734–741.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M.D., & Nock, M.K. (2017). Describing and measuring the pathway to suicide attempts: A preliminary study. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 47(3), 353–369.

Fox, K.R., Millner, A.J., & Franklin, J.C. (2016). Classifying nonsuicidal overdoses: Nonsuicidal self-injury, suicide attempts, or neither? Psychiatry Research, 244, 235-242.

Beard, C.*, Millner, A.J.*, Forgeard, M.J.C., Fried, E.I., Hsu, K.J., Treadway, M.T., Leonard, C.V., Kertz, S.J. & Björgvinsson, T. (2016). Network analysis of depression and anxiety symptom relationships in a psychiatric sample. Psychological Medicine, 46(16), 3359–3369.

*Authors contributed equally

Robinaugh, D. J., Millner, A.J., & McNally, R. J. (2016). Identifying highly influential nodes in the complicated grief network. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(6), 747–757.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M.D., & Nock, M.K. (2015). Single-Item measurement of suicidal behaviors: Validity and consequences of misclassification. PLoS ONE, 10(10), e0141606.

Auerbach, R.P., Millner, A.J., Stewart, J.G., & Esposito, E.C. (2015). Identifying differences between depressed adolescent suicide ideators and attempters. Journal of Affective Disorders, 186, 127–133.

Teslovich, T., Mulder, M., Franklin, N.T., Ruberry, E.J., Millner, A.J., Somerville, L.H., Simen, P., Durston, S., & Casey, B.J. (2013), Adolescents let sufficient evidence accumulate before making a decision when large incentives are at stake. Developmental Science, 17(1):59-70.

Tottenham, N., Hertzig, M.E., Gillespie-Lynch, K., Gilhooly, T., Millner, A.J., & Casey, BJ. (2013). Elevated amygdala response to faces and gaze aversion in autism spectrum disorder.  Social Cognitive, & Affective Neuroscience, 9(1):106-17.

Millner, A.J., Jaroszewski, A.C., Chamarthi, H., & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2012) Behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of training-induced cognitive control improvements. Neuroimage, 63(2), 742-53.

Tottenham, N., Hare, T.A., Millner, A.J., Gilhooly, T., Zevin, J.D., & Casey, B.J. (2011). Elevated amygdala response to faces following early deprivation. Developmental Science, 14(2), 190-204.

Tottenham N, Hare T.A., Quinn B.T., McCarry T.W., Nurse M., Gilhooly T., Millner, A.J.,, Galvan A., Davidson M.C., Eigsti I, Thomas K.M., Freed P.J., Booma E.S., Gunnar M.R., Altemus M., Aronson J., & Casey B.J. (2010). Prolonged institutional rearing is associated with atypically large amygdala volume and difficulties in emotion regulation. Developmental Science, 13(1), 46-61.

Casey, B.J., Epstein, J.N., Buhle, J., Liston, C., Davidson, M.C., Tonev, S.T., Spicer, J., Niogi, S., Millner, A.J., Reiss, A., Garrett, A., Hinshaw, S.P., Greenhill, L.L., Shafritz, K.M., Vitolo, A., Kotler, L.A., Jarrett, M.A., & Glover, G. (2007) Frontostriatal connectivity and its role in cognitive control in parent-child dyads with ADHD. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164:1729-1736.

Book chapters

Millner, A.J., & Nock, M.K. (2018) Self-injurious thoughts and behaviors. In Hunsley, J. & E.J. Mash (Eds.), A guide to assessments that work, second edition. New York: Oxford University Press.

Glenn C.R., Jaroszewski, A.C., Millner, A.J., Kearns, J.C., & Nock, M.K. Nonsuicidal self-injury: Old problem, new disorder, limited data. In Bromet, E.J. (Ed.), (2016) Long-term outcomes in psychopathology research: Rethinking the scientific agenda. New York: Oxford University Press.

Nock, M.K., Millner, A.J., Deming, C.A., & Glenn, C.R. (2014) Depression and suicide. In Gotlib, I. H. & Hammen, C. L. (Eds.), Handbook of depression, third edition. New York: The Guilford Press.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS


Kleiman, E.M., Coppersmith, D.D.L., Millner, A.J., Fox, K.R., Franz, P.J., & Nock, M.K. (2019, March). Are suicidal thoughts reinforcing? A preliminary real-time monitoring study on the affect regulation function of suicidal thinking. In E.B. Bernstein & E.M. Kleiman (co-chairs) Emotion regulation in daily life: Understanding emotional disorders and emotional wellbeing through experience sampling and wearable monitoring. Symposium to be presented at the annual ADAA conference, Chicago, IL.

Coppersmith, D.D.L., Kleiman, E.M., Millner, A.J., Franz, P.J. & Nock, M.K. (2019). Negative Emotion Networks and Real-Time Suicide Risk. Poster presented at the Society for Affective Science Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Millner, A.J., Nock, M.K. (2017). Improving the Death Implicit Association Test. Symposium presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, San Diego, CA.

Ramirez, F., Pixley, H., Millner, A.J., Marx, B., & Nock, M.K. (2016) Combat experiences and suicidal behavior among US veterans. Poster presented at the 50th Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Jaroszewski, A.C., Millner, A.J., & Nock, M.K. (2016) Thinking about suicide influences evaluations of suicidal stimuli. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Baltimore, MD.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M. & Nock, M.K., (2016). Describing and Measuring the Pathway to Suicide. Symposium presentation at American Association of Suicidology Convention, Chicago, IL.

Millner, A.J. (2015). The Reliability of Between-Individual Networks. Symposium presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Chicago, IL.

Murman, N.M., Ramirez, F., Lauricella, T., Hicks, C.B., Bird, S.A., Donovan, A.J., Millner, A.J., Pixley, H.S., Reis, B.Y., Kessler, R.C., Smoller, J.W., & Nock, M.K. (2015) Development of a novel method for the short-term prediction of suicidal behavior: study design and feasibility. Poster presented at the 49th Convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M. & Nock, M.K., (2014). Validity of Single-Item Assessment of Suicidal Behaviors. Symposium presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Millner, A.J., Lee, M., & Nock, M.K., (2013). Examining the Pathway to Suicide. Symposium presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Nashville, TN.

Knepley, M.J., Jaroszewski, A.C., Slama, S., Millner, A.J., & Nock, M.K. (2013).  Suicide attempt among those without a mental disorder. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Nashville, TN.

Millner, A.J., Kastman, E.K., Dorfman, H.M., Baskin-Sommers, A., Kiehl, K.A., Newman, J.P., & Buckholtz, J.W., (2013) Parsing self-control in incarcerated criminals: Aggression and impulsive-antisocial behavior track variability in reward-related corticostriatal circuit function. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Millner, A.J. & Nock, M.K., (2012). New Directions in the Classification and Assessment of Suicidal Behaviors. Symposium presentation at Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Washington, D.C.

Millner, A.J., & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2011). Behavioral and neural correlates of cognitive control training: implications for major depression. Poster presented at Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Millner, A.J., & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2010). Three-day cognitive control training improves action monitoring abilities: potential implications for depression research. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science Annual Convention, Boston, MA.

Buhle, J., Millner, A.J., Kober, H., Raz, A., Ochsner, K., McCarry, T., & Casey, B.J. (2007). Expert meditators show enhanced vigilance, alerting and conflict resolution. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Amso, D., Soliman, F., Getz, S., Davidow, J., Millner, A.J., Hare,T., Bath, K., Lee, F., & Casey, B.J. (2007) Impact of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor Val66Met Polymorphism on Hippocampal and Striatal Learning; Evidence from Functional Imaging. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Tottenham, N., Gilhooly, T. Soliman, F., Hare,T. Getz,S., Millner, A.J.,  Amso, D., & Casey, B.J. (2007). Conditioning of Emotional Faces in Children, Adolescents, and Adults. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Prosser, J.M., Eisenberg, D.P., Millner, A.J., Matochik, J.A., London, E.D., Derbyshire, S., & Galynker, I.I., (2006) Differences in sustained attention in methadone maintained and abstinent opiate dependent subjects. Poster presented at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, Toronto.

MEMBERSHIP IN PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES


2009 – Present

2010 – Present

Association for Psychological Science

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

OTHER RESEARCH POSITIONS


2006 – 2008

Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

Research Assistant

Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology

Principal Investigator: Dr. B.J. Casey

TEACHING EXPERIENCE


Harvard University

Teaching Fellow

2010

2011

2012

Science of Living Systems 20: Psychological Science

Psych1900: Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Awarded Certificate of Distinction in Teaching

Psych1900: Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE


2015-Present

2014-2015

2011-2012

2010-2011

2009-2010

2009

2006

   

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

Providing therapy through affiliation with OnTrack

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

Clinical Internship

Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Bipolar Clinic and Research Program

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

3-East Adolescent Day Program

McLean Hospital, Belmont, MA

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute

Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA

Department of Psychiatry

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY

Department of Psychiatry

EDITORIAL EXPERIENCE


Ad-hoc Reviewer