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Newsletter | Winter 2021 | South Central MIRECC

Publication Highlights

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.

Highlighted Articles

Visual abstract for combination outreach article
Select to view to visual abstract for combination outreach article.

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:

Highlighted Books

Cover of the evolution of human pair-bonding book
Cover of "The Evolution of Human Pair-Bonding, Friendship, and Sexual Atraction: Love Bonds."

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