Breanna Banks, data and evaluation associate, is a behavioral health expert, clinical mental health counselor, counselor educator, and experienced evaluator. Banks specializes in mixed-methods research and brings 12 years of experience leading federally funded suicide-specific programs, trainings, and evaluations within behavioral health system contexts.

Banks advances national suicide prevention initiatives led by Zero Suicide Institute at EDC and the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention housed at EDC. She drives and develops the evidence base for Zero Suicide and Action Alliance services and initiatives.

Previously, Banks was the director of clinical education at Centerstone’s Research Institute, where she led the development of novel training strategies in the nation’s first community-based simulation training center for community behavioral health. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee and has held academic appointments at Johns Hopkins University.

Banks holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Tennessee, an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Argosy University, and a BA in Psychology and Political Science from the University of Tennessee.