Defense Suicide Prevention Office

Dr. Liz Clark is the Acting Director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. In this position, she is responsible for policy, oversight, and advocacy of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) suicide prevention programs, which include suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts, including policy, program development and evaluation, data surveillance, research, and outreach and engagement in support of more than 2 million Service members and more than 2.5 million military family members worldwide.

Dr. Clark brings more than 20 years of service spanning the Federal Government and military service. Prior to her current assignment, Dr. Clark was the Deputy Executive Director for the PREVENTS Task Force, created by Presidential Executive Order 13861, and charged with developing the first federally coordinated national public health strategy and roadmap to address veteran suicide.

From 2015 to 2020, Dr. Clark served as the Director and Assistant Director of the DSPO Policy and Plans Directorate and was responsible for developing suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention policies, guidance, and strategic planning. Dr. Clark brings an array of suicide prevention experience to the Department through her previous work as a volunteer hotline crisis worker answering the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as establishing and leading a suicide bereavement support group in the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

Dr. Clark also served as an Army officer from 1999 – 2008 in the Ordnance Corps and Adjutant General Corps, and had a variety of assignments at the installation level, Army Staff, and National Guard Bureau.

Dr. Clark holds a Doctorate in Education in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from Vanderbilt University, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from McDaniel College.

Dr. Liz Clark, Acting Director

Dr. Liz Clark, Acting Director