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Gregory P. Beehler, PhD, MA

Biography

Publications

Presentations

Grants

Mentorship

Biography

Biography: Dr. Gregory P. Beehler is the Associate Director for Research and a Clinical Research Psychologist at the Center for Integrated Healthcare in Buffalo, NY. He is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior. He is a licensed psychologist and medical anthropologist who primarily conducts research and evaluation, but also provides clinical consultation to the VA Western New York Healthcare System oncology clinic.

Research Interests: Dr. Beehler’s research interests are in integrated care. He is currently conducting research in the following areas: improving the implementation of primary care-mental health integration, fidelity assessment, measurement-based care, developing and implementing brief interventions for chronic pain, and promoting wellness among cancer survivors. He is particularly interested in patient- and provider-focused research that emphasizes the use of qualitative and mixed methods.

Publications

Recent Publications:

Beehler, G. P., Lilienthal, K. R., Possemato, K. P., Johnson, E. M., King, P. R., Shepardson, R. L., et  al. (in press). Narrative review of provider behavior in Primary Care Behavioral Health: How process data can inform quality improvement. Families, Systems, & Health.

King, P. R., Beehler, G. P., Vest, B., Wray, L. O., & Donnelly, K.  (in press). Injury-related knowledge and symptom perception in veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Rehabilitation Psychology.

Lilienthal, K. R., Buchholz, L. J., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Funderburk, J. S., & Beehler, G. P. (in press). Mental health measurement among women veterans receiving co-located, collaborative care services. Psychology, Health & Medicine.

King, P. R., Beehler, G.P., Vair, C.L., Gass, J., Funderburk, J.S., Lilienthal, K.R., & Novi, J. (in press). Identifying measurement-based care practices of VHA co-located, collaborative care providers. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.

Beehler, G. P., Novi, J., Kiviniemi, M. T., & Steinbrenner, L. (2017). Military veteran cancer survivors’ preferences for a program to address lifestyle change and psychosocial wellness following treatment.  Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 35, 111-127.
 
Beehler, G. P., & Lilienthal, K. R. (2017). Provider perceptions of an integrated primary care quality improvement strategy: The PPAQ Toolkit.  Psychological Services, 14, 50-56.

Lilienthal, K. R., Possemato, K., Funderburk, J. S., Wade, M., Eaker, A., & Beehler, G. P. (2017).  Predisposing characteristics, enabling factors, and need as predictors of integrated behavioral health utilization. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 44, 263-273.

Wray, L.O., Pikoff, E., King, P. R., Hutchison, D., Beehler, G. P., & Maisto, S. A. (2016). Veterans’ mental health beliefs : Facilitators and barriers to Primary Care-Mental Health use. Families, Systems, & Health, 34, 404-413.

Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016). Measurement of common mental health conditions in VHA co-located, collaborative care. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 23, 378-388.

Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., King, P., Wade, M., & Possemato, K. (2015). Using the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ) to identify practice patterns. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5, 384-392.

King, P. R., Beehler, G. P., & Wade, M. (2015). Self-reported pain and pain management strategies among veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI): A pilot study. Military Medicine, 180, 863- 868.

Beehler, G. P., Rodrigues, A. E., Kay, M., Kiviniemi, M. T., & Steinbrenner, L. (2014). Perceptions of barriers and facilitators of health behavior change among veteran cancer survivors. Military Medicine, 179, 998-1005.

Wray, L.O., Wade, M., Beehler, G. P., Hershey, L., & Vair, C. L.  (2014). A program to improve identification of undiagnosed dementia in primary care and its association with health care utilization. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 22, 1282-1291.

Haibach, J., Beehler, G. P., Finnell, D., & Dollar, K. M. (2014). Moving toward integrated behavioral intervention for treating multimorbidity among chronic pain, depression, and substance-use disorders in primary care. Medical Care, 52, 322-327.

King, P.R., Wade, M., & Beehler, G.P. (2014). Health service and medication use among veterans with persistent postconcussive symptoms. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 202, 231-238.

Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., Possemato, K., & Dollar, K. Psychometric assessment of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ). (2013). Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3, 379-391.

Beehler, G. P., Rodrigues, A. E., Kay, M., Kiviniemi, M. T., & Steinbrenner, L. (2013). Lasting impact: Understanding the psychosocial implications of cancer among military Veterans. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 31, 430 -450.

Beehler, G. P., Rodrigues, A. E., Mercurio-Riley, D., & Dunn, A. S. (2013). Primary care utilization among veterans with chronic musculoskeletal pain: A retrospective chart review. Pain Medicine, 14, 1021- 1031.

Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., Possemato, K., & Vair, C. (2013). Developing a measure of provider adherence to improve the implementation of behavioral health services in primary care: A Delphi study. Implementation Science, 8, 19.

Beehler, G. P., & Wray, L. O. (2012). Behavioral health providers' perspectives of delivering behavioral health services in primary care: A qualitative analysis. BMC Health Services Research, 12, 337.

Frohm, K. D., & Beehler, G. P. (2010). Psychologists as change agents in chronic pain management practice: Cultural competence in the health care system. Psychological Services, 7, 115-125.

Beehler, G. P., Wade, M., Steinbrenner, L., & Wray, L. O.  (2010). Growth curve analysis of BMI in relation to primary care utilization in prostate cancer survivors. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice, 4, 183- 189. 

Beehler, G. P., Finnell, D. S., Foltz, K., & Edwards, D. (2010). Patient exit interviews for assessing fidelity to the VA VISN 2 integrated primary care model: Results from a pilot feasibility study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 24, 323-326.

Presentations

Recent Presentations:

Beehler, G. P., Dollar, K. M., & King, P. R. (2017, October). Mind your Ps and Qs: Conducting QI in PCBH using the PPAQ and PDSA. Paper accepted for presentation at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 19th Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Funderburk, J. S., Shepardson, R. L., Wray, J. M., Acker, J., Possemato, K., Beehler, G. P., Wray, L. O., & Maisto, S. A. (2017, March). Brief Behavioral Interventions for Behavioral Medicine Concerns for use in Adult Primary Care Settings: a Systematic Review. Paper presentation at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Diego, CA.

Johnson, E.M., Possemato, K., Webster, B., Beehler, G.P., Wray, L.O. (2016, November). Veteran perspectives on primary care treatment services for PTSD. Poster presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Vair, C. L., Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S. (2016, March/April). Identifying clinical practice patterns of integrated primary care psychology interns and postdocs: Implications for training. In Jennifer Funderburk, Ph.D. (Chair), Addressing the Challenges of Translating Evidence-Based Practices in VA and DoD Integrated Healthcare. 376th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Beehler, G. P. (2016, March/April). Development and evaluation of a distress screening program for veterans with cancer. Poster accepted for presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Lilienthal, K., & Beehler, G. P. (2016, March/April). Primary care behavioral health provider perceptions of the PPAQ Toolkit for quality improvement.  Poster accepted for presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Buchholz, L.J., Lilienthal, K.R., Beehler, G.P., King, P.R., Vair, C.L., & Funderburk, J.S. (2016, March/April). Disparity in mental health measurement among female veterans in VA integrated care. Poster accepted for presentation at the 37th annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

King, P. R., Beehler, G. P., Wade, M., Buchholz, L. J., Lilienthal, K.R., Vair, C. L., & Funderburk, J. S. (2016, March/April). Comparing rates of mental health measurement across VHA treatment settings. Poster accepted for presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine’s 37th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions. Washington, DC.

Wray, L. O., McCarten, J. R., Vair, C. L., & Beehler, G. P. (November 2015). Identifying gaps in primary care for veterans with dementia: A qualitative study. Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Wray, L. O., Vair, C. L., McCarten, J. R., & Beehler, G. P. (2015, October). Engaging important stakeholders to assess gaps in primary care for dementia: Considering the forest as well as the trees. Paper presentation at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 17th Annual Conference, Portland, OR.   

Lilienthal, K.., Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J., Funderburk, J. S., & Novi, J. (2015, April) Identifying measurement-based care practices of VA integrated behavioral health providers. Poster presentation at the 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., King, P. R., Wade, M., & Possemato, K. (2015, April). Supporting high fidelity practice with the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire Toolkit. In Jennifer Funderburk, Ph.D. (Chair), Using Evidence-Based Measures in Integrated Primary Care to Improve Quality of Service. 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Beehler, G. P., King, P. R., Vair, C. L., Gass, J., & Funderburk, J. S. (April, 2015). Identifying measurement-based care practices of VA integrated primary care providers. In Jennifer Funderburk, Ph.D. (Chair), Using Evidence-Based Measures in Integrated Primary Care to Improve Quality of Service. 36th Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Possemato, K., Webster, D., DeStefano, L., Beehler, G. P., & Wray, L. O. (2014, October). Primary care Veterans’ barriers, facilitators, and preferences for PTSD treatment. Poster presented at the 2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

Vair, C. L., & Beehler, G. P. (October, 2014).  Where have they been and where are they going? Advanced psychology trainees reports on preparation for practice in integrated care. Paper presentation at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 16th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   

Funderburk, J. S, Fielder, R. L., Beehler, G. P. (October, 2014).  Implementing a Primary Care Behavioral Health model of care: How do you evaluate it? Paper presentation at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 16th Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   

Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., & Dollar, K. M. (October, 2013). Anything goes? Developing a new measure of fidelity for behavioral health providers in Integrated Primary Care. Paper presentation at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 15th Annual Conference, Broomfield, CO.   

King, P. R., Wade, M., & Beehler, G. P. (January, 2013). Health service utilization in Veterans presenting with the polytrauma clinical triad: Post-concussion syndrome, PTSD, and chronic pain. Poster presented at the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers national conference, Nashville, TN.

Kiviniemi, M. T., & Beehler, G. P. (March, 2012). Beliefs about cancer prevention behaviors: Comparing cancer survivors to the general public. Poster presented at the American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Conference, Washington, DC.   

Pikoff, E., Beehler, G. P., Hutchison, D., & Wray, L. O. (October, 2011). Patient perceptions of facilitators and barriers to mental health services in primary care. Poster presented at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 13th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.   

Beehler, G. P. & Dollar, K. M. (October, 2011). Accelerating adoption of collaborative care chronic pain management. Roundtable discussion at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 13th Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.   

Chipman, K. J., Beehler, G. P., & Frohm, K. D. (August, 2011).  Examining fear-avoidance, PTSD, and partner interactions in relation to chronic pain ratings.  Poster presented at the 5th annual VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Beehler, G. P., Rodrigues, A., Kiviniemi, M. T., Steinbrenner, L. (April, 2011). Identifying barriers and facilitators of health behavior change among Veteran cancer survivors. Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Beehler, G. P., Wade, M., Rodrigues, A., & Dunn, A. (April, 2011). What predicts primary care utilization among Veterans with chronic pain? Poster presented at the 32nd Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, D.C.

Beehler, G. P., & Dollar, K. M. (March, 2011). Step one: Designing a chronic pain intervention for Behavioral Health Providers in Co-located, Collaborative Care. Poster presented at the VHA Pain Management Leadership Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Beehler, G. P., Wade, M., Rodrigues, A., & Dunn, A. (March, 2011). Classifying Veterans with chronic pain in relation to primary care utilization using Latent Class Analysis. Poster presented at the VHA Pain Management Leadership Conference, Jacksonville, FL.

Wray, L. O., Wade, M., & Beehler, G. P. (2011, February). The VISN 2 Dementia Case-Finding Program: An evidence-based approach to support the recognition of dementia in primary care. Poster presented at the 2011 VA HSR&D National meeting, National Harbor, MD.

Beehler, G. P., Kiviniemi, M. T., Rodrigues, A., Steinbrenner, L. (July, 2010). Cancer survivors’ preferences for a Veteran-centered, integrated behavioral health program to address wellness and distress management following treatment. Poster presented at the 4th annual VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Beehler, G. P., & Wray, L. O. (July, 2010). Managing the front line: Behavioral health providers' perspectives of a co-located, collaborative care model of primary care-mental health integration. Poster presented at the 4th annual VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Grants

Recent Grants:

Consultant (Methodological Mentor). Improving primary care anxiety treatment engagement and effectiveness. (PI: R. Shepardson). VA HSR&D Career Development Award 2. (6/2017 to 5/2020).

Co-Investigator. Precision medicine in mental health care. (PI: D. Oslin). VA HSR&D (4/2017- 3/2022).

Co-Investigator. Expanding the implementation of measurement based care for mental health conditions in PACT. (MPIs: D. Oslin & L. Wray). VA QUERI IP1 Programs. 10/2016-9/2018.

Co-Investigator. Veterans’ Priorities for Assessment and Treatment in VHA Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI) Services. (PI: P. King). VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $18,447. (2016- 2017).

Principal Investigator. Measuring provider fidelity to core functions of PC-MHI. VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Core Grant. $144,764. (1/2016-12/2017).

Consultant. An RCT of a primary care-based PTSD intervention: Clinician-supported PTSD Coach. (MPIs: E. Kuhn & K. Possemato). VA HSR&D IIR. $1,082,594.00. (4/2016-3/2020).

Principal Investigator. Identifying measurement-based care practices in co-located, collaborative care. (Co-PI: P. King). VA Mental Health QUERI Locally Initiated Project (QLP 55-035). $4,924. (2014).

Co-Investigator. Developing a quality improvement tool for the VISN 2 Behavioral Health Laboratory Depression Medication Monitoring Program. (PI: J. Funderburk). VA Mental Health QUERI Locally Initiated Project. $5,000. (2014).

Principal Investigator. Employing an evidence-based fidelity tool to identify implementation support needs and preferences among co-located, collaborative care providers. (Co-PI: K. Dollar).  VA Mental Health QUERI Locally Initiated Project (QLP 55-020). $9,543. (2013).

Co-Investigator. Veteran’s treatment preferences. (PI: J. Funderburk). VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $14,875. (2013-2014).

Co-Investigator. Gaps in primary care of dementia. (PI: L. Wray). VA Mental Health QUERI Rapid Response Proposal. $94, 325. (2014-2015).

Co-Investigator. Knowledge, symptom perception, and treatment experiences of Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in primary care. (PI: P. King). VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $23,076. (2012- 2013).

Principal Investigator. Psychometric assessment of a measure of protocol adherence for Behavioral Health Providers in Co-located, Collaborative Care. VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $29,985. (2012- 2013). 

Co-Investigator. Veteran input regarding primary care-based PTSD services. (PI: K. Possemato). VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $5,000.  (2012-2013). 

Principal Investigator. Veteran cancer survivors’ perceptions of health behavior change and preventive health services delivery. VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Grant Program. $5,000. (2009-2011).

Mentorship

Why do I mentor? “I have personally benefitted from being mentored by a variety of prior and current mentors both inside and outside of the VA. I therefore feel that mentorship is an essential component of personal and professional development. My hope is that the individuals I mentor will use their experiences to further achieve their goals while contributing to the well-being of others. In my role at VA, I hope to give back by supporting the development of clinicians and researchers who focus on the health of Veterans.”

How do I go about mentoring? “To a degree, my style as a mentor changes with the needs and goals of each mentee. Early on, I work collaboratively with mentees to identify what they are looking for from their training and mentorship experience. To reach these goals, I ensure that we have dedicated time for supervision that we modify as needed, typically to accommodate the mentee’s growing level of independence. In the past, some mentees have benefitted from periods of more ‘hands-on’ instruction in new areas, such as qualitative methods, that they have transferred to their subsequent positions. Importantly, I aim to cultivate mentoring relationships that are honest, supportive, and constructive.”

Areas I tend to Emphasize within Mentorship:

  • Experience with day-to-day conduct of research
  • Exposure to studies that employ a variety of methodologies, including qualitative and mixed-methods approaches
  • Scientific and professional writing skills for manuscripts and grant applications
  • Conducting research that considers the needs of multiple stakeholders to ensure clinical and cultural relevance
  • Development of professional milestones and long-term goals
  • Participation in professional conferences and seminars
  • Contributing to/leading team-based approaches to research
  • Finding work-life balance

Accomplishments of Previous Students Mentored by me:

  • Publications and presentations
  • Awarded pilot grants
  • Increased collaboration and professional network

Accepting New Mentees

As part of the Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program, I am currently accepting new mentees.

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