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VISN 22 MIRECC Core Units

 

Clinical Neuroscience and Genetics Unit (CNGU)
Co-Directors: David Braff, MD and Gregory Light, PhD

Data Unit (DU)
Director: Catherine Sugar, PhD

Education and Dissemination Unit (EDU)
Co-Directors: Noosha Niv, PhD and Christopher Reist, MD
 

The Education and Dissemination Unit provides the most current information related to mental health disorders and evidenced-based practices, especially as pertaining to severe mental illnesses. The goals of the unit are: 1) to disseminate the latest evidence-based practices and peer-reviewed mental health research to Veterans, family members and clinicians, 2) to address the education needs of VA clinicians in VISN 22, and 3) to support the VA Office of Mental Health in the national implementation of evidence-based practices. 

Health Services Unit (HSU)
Co-Directors: Amy Cohen, PhD and Alexander Young, MD, MSHS 

The Health Services Unit conducts a program of research, education, and clinical care to improve outcomes of individuals with psychotic disorders. The HSU focuses on improving our understanding of problems with the quality of care and disparities in care, and on developing, implementing and evaluating interventions to improve the quality of care and functional outcomes. Projects partner with policy makers, clinicians, and individuals with mental illness, make use of informatics technology, and draw on results from implementation science to improve care.

Neuroimaging Unit (NIU)
Director: Gregory Brown, PhD and
Associate Director: Lisa Eyler, PhD

Neuropsychopharmacology Unit (NPP)
Director: Mark Geyer, PhD

Treatment Unit (TU)
Director: Michael Green, PhD 

The Treatment Unit conducts research with the goal of developing new interventions and helping Veterans with psychotic disorders to achieve better recovery. A special focus is on interventions for unmet treatment needs such as cognitive impairments and negative symptoms. The goals of the unit include: 1) identifying determinants of daily functioning for Veterans with chronic psychotic illness; 2) developing novel pharmacological and psychosocial treatments to improve functioning in Veterans with chronic psychotic illness; 3) identifying and resolving obstacles for intervention research in this area; and 4) providing training to reliability standards for diagnostic interviews and clinical symptom ratings. 

 

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VHA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles, CA
310-268-3647

VHA Long Beach Healthcare System
Long Beach, CA
526-826-5454

VHA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, CA
858-552-8585 Ext. 2261