MIRECC / CoE
Newsletter | Winter 2021 | South Central MIRECC
Articles and books authored by our affiliates enable us to share research and knowledge about mental health treatment with our Veteran, caregiver, provider and research communities.
Dr. Lilian Dindo (first author) and colleagues published an article on their combination outreach and brief wellness intervention that showed improvement in mental health outcomes for hard-to-reach distressed rural Veterans in Journal of Behavioral Health Medicine. VA Research News Brief created a brief video on the paper, which was tweeted by Acting Deputy Secretary Pamela Powers. The team also created a visual abstract to detail the research (Co-authors: McKenzie Roddy, Derrecka Boykin, Ken Woods, Merlyn Rodrigues, Tracey L. Smith, Raquel Gonzalez, Gala True).
Drs. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali and Jenn Bryan (first author: Richa Lavingia) published an article on elder abuse simulation in Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Tony Ecker(first author) and colleagues published an article in the Journal of Rural Health on factors impacting the implementation of the VA Coordinated Anxiety Learning and Management (CALM) program in rural community clinics (Co-authors: Traci Abraham , Lindsey Martin, Kathy Marchant-Miros, and Michael Cucciare).
Affiliates in New Orleans published articles addressing COVID-19:
- Houtsma C, Boffa JW, Raines AM, Constans JI, Martin-Klinger C, Konur BB, Franklin CL, & Jones KR (2020). Coping in crisis: The role of psychologists in response to a pandemic. Psychological Services.
- Raines AM, Tock JL, McGrew SJ, Ennis CR, Derania J, Jardak CL, Lim JH, Boffa JW, Houtsma C, Jones KR, Martin-Klinger C, Widmer KE, Schapira RM, Zvolensky MJ, Hoerger MP, Constans JI, & Franklin CL (2021). Correlates of death among SARS-CoV-2 positive Veterans: The contribution of lifetime tobacco use. Addictive Behaviors, 113, 106692.
- Boffa JW, Houtsma C, Raines AM, Franklin CL, Constans JI, Schmidt NB, & Jones KR (2020). Rural suicide prevention and COVID-19: Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 44, 202-204.
Our Co-Director, Dr. Michael Kauth, has a new book, “The Evolution of Human Pair-Bonding, Friendship, and Sexual Attraction: Love Bonds.” It explores the history of romantic love, male-female pair-bonding, same-sex friendship, and sexual attraction, by drawing on sexuality research, gay and lesbian studies, history, literature, anthropology, and evolutionary science. He produced a short video describing the content.
Last updated: January 22, 2021
In this Issue
— Meet the Researcher: Dr. Jamie Tock
— CAB Spotlight: Dr. Estella Morris
— New Grants
— Anchor Site Highlights
— New Clinical Education Product
— Publication Highlights
— Pilot Study Grant Opportunity
— VISN 16 Research Methods and Analysis Consultation Services
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