Warriors Research Institute Team

Director and Chief

Suzy Bird Gulliver, PhD – Suzy.Gulliver@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Dr. Suzy Bird Gulliver is a licensed clinical psychologist and clinical researcher. Currently, she serves as Director and Chief of the Warriors Research Institute and as a Professor at the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Gulliver began her academic journey in the north by attending Quinnipiac College for her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychobiology, followed by a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Connecticut College. After completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vermont, Dr. Gulliver went on to work as a National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism-funded Postdoctoral Fellow at Brown University and later spent 12 years in a variety of roles at the VA Boston Healthcare System including Associate Director of Outpatient Mental Health Programs.

Dr. Gulliver made her way to Texas in 2007 and served as the Director of the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence in Waco, Texas before founding the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) within Baylor Scott & White Health in 2013.

In her spare time, Dr. Gulliver can be found riding her horses, playing with her dog, Maggie, making a Starbucks run or doing yoga.

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Associate Director

Eric Meyer, PhD – Eric.Meyer@BSWHealth.org

Dr. Meyer is a licensed clinical psychologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Texas A&M Health Science Center, College of Medicine, and a faculty member of the VA VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research in Returning War Veterans at the Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System. He is an experienced clinician, researcher, trainer and mentor. His clinical expertise is in evidence-based treatments for people living with post-traumatic stress and commonly co-occurring problems such as depression, anxiety, and alcohol and other substance use problems.

Dr. Meyer’s research focuses on 1) identifying modifiable psychological factors that influence mental health challenges and problems with functioning (e.g., relationship and employment-related functioning) over time; and 2) developing and testing interventions that target these factors.

He is Principal Investigator of a longitudinal study of predictors of PTSD, other mental health problems, and problems with functional readjustment in war Veterans. He leads a program of treatment outcome research examining Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a mindfulness and acceptance-based form of behavior therapy, for co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use problems in Veterans. He has studied mental health challenges, substance use problems and occupational stress in firefighters. He collaborates on studies of risk factors for suicide and self-injury and a study of a novel, intensive form of PTSD treatment. Dr. Meyer has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in the areas of PTSD, other mental health problems, mental health-related disability, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and suicide.

He enjoys spending time outdoors with his family, fishing, playing music, traveling, and cooking.

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Program Managers

Alexia Maness – Alexia.Maness@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Alexia (Lexi) joined the Warriors Research Institute team in November 2015 as a program manager. She graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. After graduation, Lexi taught English language arts at the middle school level in Waco, Texas. In 2010 she changed careers and has most recently worked in management at American Income Life Insurance Company.

Lexi is a native of Waco. She loves spending time with her husband and stepson, especially at Baylor football games. She also enjoys her pets, riding horses, and spending time with friends. In her spare time, Lexi works with horses as a part-time veterinary technician.

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Michelle Pennington – Michelle.Pennington@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Michelle joined the Warriors Research Institute (WRI) team in July 2013 and is currently the program manager for the FEMA Award "Stamp Out Stigma: A National Campaign to Decrease Stigma and Increase Behavioral Health in Fire Service." She graduated with honors from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in May 2013. While in school, Michelle worked as a tutor and volunteered at a residential psychiatric treatment facility for adolescents.

Michelle is currently pursuing a Master in Public Health from Baylor University while working at the WRI. She has been involved in a variety of research projects examining topics, including suicide postvention in fire service, traumatic brain injury and neuropsychological deficits in schizotypy. Michelle is a native Texan. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Baylor football games, running, crafting and playing with her niece.

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Research Assistants

Denise Gomez – Denise.Gomez@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Denise joined the Warriors Research Institute team in December 2015. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences from Baylor University in May 2014, majoring in Child and Family Studies. During her college career, Denise volunteered at a local homeless shelter and served as a practicum student at Baylor University’s laboratory school for early child development.

Denise is interested in both research and clinical work and plans to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) degree in future. She has worked in research labs examining topics including post-partum depression, family stress and resilience, and the effects of miscarriage and infertility on family dynamics. In her spare time, Denise enjoys doing strength training, running, supporting the Baylor bears and attending local Waco events.

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Peyton Thomason – Peyton.Thomason@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Peyton recently joined Warriors Research Institute in June 2016. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Baylor University in May 2016. During her time at Baylor, she worked at the Central Texas VA as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. There, she worked on understanding the role of social cognition in veterans with PTSD and suicidal ideation. In the future, Peyton is looking to work with the criminal justice system, either with litigation or rehabilitation and reintegration. In her spare time, Peyton enjoys spending time with her two dogs, crafting, reading, and exploring new places in Waco.

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Tessa Denman – Tessa.Denman@BSWHealth.orgSend an e-mail

Tessa joined the Warriors Research Institute team in July of 2016. She graduated with honors from Baylor University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with double majors in Psychology and Sociology. During her undergraduate career, Tessa was also able to participate in the Baylor in Great Britain Study Abroad Program where she attended classes at Imperial College in London, England during the summer.

Tessa plans to pursue a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Forensic Psychology in the future. Her undergraduate internship with the McLennan County District Attorney’s Crimes Against Children unit has helped shape her passion for forensic psychology. Tessa is a native of Waco and in her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, crafting and watching movies.

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