Michelle Cornette, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Specialities: Depression and Anxiety-Spectrum Disorders, Suicide Risk, PTSD, Suicide Bereavement; Adjustment Issues; Adults and Adolescents, Active Duty Service Members and Veterans, Couples Therapy
Treatment Modalities: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Therapy for Suicidal Patients, Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Suicidality (BCBT), Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Gottman’s Couples Therapy
Dr. Cornette is a licensed clinical psychologist. In addition to her broader enthusiasm for mental well-being, she is passionate about suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention, and is the most recent Executive Director of the American Association of Suicidology. She has also provided contract support to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office.
Dr. Cornette has practiced in an array of clinical settings. She treated adolescents and adults who were victims of physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. She conducted individual and family therapy in the context of a rural, school-based mental health program, funded through a grant to the University of Florida. She provided neuropsychology, consultation/ liaison, ADHD and general outpatient services in the Department of Developmental Pediatrics, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and conducted adult pain evaluations in the context of the MUSC Pain Clinic. Finally, she practiced for nearly 10 years in the VA system, where she conducted individual and group psychotherapy in outpatient mental health. She has treated couples in the context of a VA couples clinic, and conducted psychosocial assessments, neuropsychological assessments and compensation and pension evaluations.
In addition to her direct clinical practice, Dr. Cornette has trained hundreds of psychotherapists in evidence-based practices. During her tenure as Subject Matter Expert with the Center for Deployment Psychology, she developed a 2-day training on empirically-informed approaches to suicide risk assessment, crisis intervention, and treatment, which she then delivered to civilian and military providers across the country. She was served as a CBT for Depression (Brown & Wenzel) consultant, meeting weekly with mental health providers to evaluate and provide consultation re: their fidelity to the CBT-D protocol. She has also trained clinicians on the topics of rates of psychological health issues, traumatic brain injury, deployment stressors, deployment and post-deployment readjustment, depression, military sexual trauma, and the impact of military service/ deployment on family.
Dr. Cornette co-delivered a 5-day training on Core Skills of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at Camp Lejeune and Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan, and co-developed a 2-day peer mentor training for the U.S. Marine Corps. Thus, in addition to her experience treating civilian adults and adolescents, Dr. Cornette is well-versed in issues specific to military and veteran culture.
Throughout her career, Dr. Cornette has also maintained an active program of research, funded by numerous private and Federal extramural agencies, which has further contributed to her appreciation for evidence-based practices.
Dr. Cornette believes strongly in the critical interplay between the development of a strong, trusting therapeutic relationship with her patients, and the utilization of evidence-based techniques. She aspires to restore hope in her patients and to empower them with the skills required to successfully manage and alleviate their symptoms, such that they can come to lead more happy, fulfilling lives.
Dr. Cornette received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (2002). She completed an APA-accredited internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/ Department of Veterans Affairs Consortium and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida.