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Newsletter | South Central MIRECC

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Fall 2019, Volume 21, Issue 4 - In this Issue

Meet the New Fellows
RtoP | Wearable Sensors for Assessing Frailty in Homebound Older Adults
Fall Stakeholder Forum
Highlights from Our Anchor Sites
New and Updated Clinical Education Products are Resources for CBT, Relaxation, Problem Gambling, and Veteran Wellness
Recent Publications
Pilot Study Grant Opportunity for VISN 16 and San Antonio Researchers
Research Methods and Analysis Consultation Services Available for VISN 16 and San Antonio Investigators

Meet the New Fellows

This month, we welcome two new Fellows to our Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment. The Fellows will spend the next two years developing research skills and receiving advanced clinical training at our anchor sites in Houston, Texas and Little Rock, Arkansas.

Darius B. Dawson, PhD
Dr. Darius B. Dawson
Dr. Darius B. Dawson
Location: Houston
Education: I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and completed a predoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.
Research Interests: My research has broadly focused on health equity in behavioral medicine treatments related to smoking cessation, anxiety, and weight management. My work aims to improve access to behavioral medicine treatment in the primary care setting through development and implementation of brief treatment protocols and assessment of factors associated with successful treatment initiation and completion, specifically for ethnic minority and LGBT individuals.
Mentors: My mentorship team includes Drs. Terri Fletcher, Jeff Cully, Jessica Breland, and Sara Nowakowski.
Rajinder (Sonia) Singh, PhD
Dr. Rajinder (Sonia) Singh
Dr. Rajinder (Sonia) Singh
Location: Little Rock
Education: I received my PhD in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University and completed a predoctoral internship at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.
Research Interests: My research has broadly focused on contextual behavioral science and health disparities (specific to gender and sexual minority issues).
Mentors: During the fellowship, I hope to learn and transition to implementation in these research areas under the mentorship of Drs. Sara Landes and JoAnn Kirchner.
Hobbies: In my spare time, I enjoy listening to live music, spending time in coffee shops, and searching for farmers markets and food trucks.
Apply for the 2020-2021 Advanced Fellowship Program
We are now accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at our sites in Little Rock and Houston. Research areas include evidence-based psychotherapies, geropsychology, health-services research, implementation science, rural populations access to treatment, telemedicine, and much more. Visit our Research Training webpage to learn more.


Last updated: October 29, 2019