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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

Highlights from Our Anchor Sites

Our affiliates in Houston, Little Rock, and New Orleans work hard to promote mental health education, research, and treatment locally and nationally. Here are some highlights of their accomplishments over the past three months.


Dr. Jenn Bryan and Moushumi Sahu
Dr. Jenn Bryan and Moushumi Sahu with their poster.
Dr. Jennifer Bryan and Moushumi Sahu Presented Poster at BCM Showcase
Dr. Bryan and Ms. Sahu were excited to present their work on Veterans and wellness at the Baylor College of Medicine Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship.
Dr. Lilian Dindo
Dr. Lilian Dindo with her IQuEST award.
Dr. Lilian Dindo Received IQuEST Award

Dr. Dindo, our Houston Site Leader, received the Outstanding Faculty Educator Award from the Houston HSR&D Center for Innovation in Quality, Effectiveness & Safety (IQuEST).

Dr. Tony Ecker
Left: Dr. Tony Ecker. Right: Screenshot of a slide from the webinar.
Dr. Tony Ecker Presented CBOC Mental Health Grand Rounds Webinar

Dr. Ecker presented at the National CBOC Mental Health Grand Rounds webinar series to an audience of more than 400 learners on the goals, elements, and methods of treating substance abuse disorder with cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dr. Lindsay presenting with the summit panel.
Dr. Jan Lindsay (third from left) presenting with the summit panel.
Dr. Jan Lindsay Presented on Panel at Mental Health Summit

Dr. Lindsay presented with a panel that discussed mental health collaboration between the VA, State, and community at the 2019 Mental Health Summit hosted by the Council on Recovery.


Little Rock

Attendees at the SIRC conference
Left: Drs. Sacha McBain, Sara Landes, and Geoff Curran. Top right: Dr. Landes presenting at SIRC. Bottom right: Drs. Landes, McBain, and JoAnn Kirchner at a poster session with a colleague.
Affiliates Attended SIRC Conference

Several affiliates attended the 2019 Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) conference, including Drs. Sara Landes (SIRC President), Sacha McBain, Geoff Curran, and JoAnn Kirchner. Dr. Landes gave an oral presentation on developing a strategic implementation research plan within an integrated healthcare system while others presented posters.

Dr. Teresa Hudson
Dr. Teresa Hudson.
Dr. Teresa Hudson Received Funding for Suicide Prevention Research Impact Network

Dr. Hudson, the Associate Director of the HSR&D Center for Mental Health and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), received funding for an HSR&D COnsortia of REsearch (CORE) grant titled Suicide Prevention Research Impact NeTwork (SPRINT). SPRINT will accelerate suicide prevention research that will lead to improvements in care and that will ultimately result in reductions in suicide behaviors among Veterans. Drs. Hudson, Steven Dobscha and Mark Ilgen are the principal investigators of this grant.

Dr. Sara Landes
Dr. Sara Landes with her VHA iEx award.
Dr. Sara Landes Received VHA iEx Award

Dr. Landes received the 2019 VHA iEx Best Demo in Innovation Research award for her presentation on her Caring Contacts for Suicide Prevention in Veterans project at the VHA Innovation Ecosystem conference.

Drs. JoAnn Kirchner, Eva Woodward, and Rick Owen.
From left: Drs. JoAnn Kirchner, Eva Woodward, and Rick Owen.
Dr. Eva Woodward Received HSR&D Career Development Award

A former SC MIRECC fellow, Dr. Eva Woodward received an HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA) in the area of implementation science. Dr. Woodward will work on her CDA as a core investigator with CeMHOR (Director: Dr. Rick Owen) with support from her mentor Dr. JoAnn Kirchner (Director: Behavioral Health QUERI).


New Orleans

Dr. Laurel Franklin
Left: Dr. Laurel Franklin. Right: Southeast Louisiana Health Care System.
Dr. Laurel Franklin Named Assistant Chief of Psychology at New Orleans VA

Dr. Franklin, our New Orleans Site Leader, is the new Assistant Chief of Psychology at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.

Screenshot of the OCD summary on the Healio Psychiatry website
Screenshot of the OCD summary on the Healio Psychiatry website.
Drs. Laurel Franklin and Amanda Raines Featured in Healio Psychiatry

A summary of Drs. Franklin and Raines’s Psychiatry Research article on the overlap between self-reported PTSD and obsessive-compulsive disorder symptoms was summarized in Healio Psychiatry.

Dr. Amanda Raines
Dr. Amanda Raines.
Dr. Amanda Raines Receives AVAPL Award

Dr. Raines received the Association of VA Psychology Leaders James Besyner Early Career Award for distinguished contributions to VA Psychology. This award honors exceptional early career contributions such as promoting the practice of clinical psychology through professional service, developing innovations in service delivery, and having a positive impact on health delivery systems.

Dr. Gala True, Sharon Urbina, and Carlos Urbina
From left: Dr. Gala True, Sharon Urbina, and Carlos Urbina presenting at the Elizabeth Dole Foundation meeting.
Dr. Gala True Presents at Annual Elizabeth Dole Foundation Meeting

Dr. True presented collaborative research focused on military caregivers at the 4th annual convening of the Elizabeth Dole Foundation. Dr. True presented with Sharon Urbina, an Elizabeth Dole Foundation Fellow, and her husband, Carlos Urbina, a Marine Corps Veteran. The session “From War to Home: The Impact of Invisible Injuries,” focused on traumatic brain injury and the impact of war and military service on Veterans and their caregivers.



Last updated: October 30, 2019