VISN 2 Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH)
Katherine M. Dollar, PhD
Associate Director for the Implementation Core
Biography: Dr. Katherine Dollar is the Associate Director of the Implementation Core at the VA Center for Integrated Healthcare (CIH). In Fall 2015, she returned to the CIH after two years of service as a Technical Assistance Specialist with VHA's Office of Mental Health Operations (OMHO), focusing on program development and implementation. Prior to her work with OMHO, Dr. Dollar served as the CIH Clinical Coordinator. Her background and clinical expertise is in integrated care and she has been a core resource for training, education, program implementation, and consultation in integrated care since 2009. Prior training resources that she helped develop include the Co-located, Collaborative Care Operations Manual and the 5As video along with multiple national skill-based workshops and presentations. She also has expertise in technical assistance for clinical program implementation. She is passionate about integrated care and brings enthusiasm to further support PCMHI. In collaboration with the Office of Mental Health Operations, she oversees the PCMHI facilitation initiative to support full PCMHI implementation. Prior to her tenure with the Center for Integrated Healthcare, Dr. Dollar engaged in clinical work as an integrated primary care behavioral health provider at the Western New York Health Care Systems, Buffalo campus. Her primary area of expertise is Primary Care-Mental Health Integration (PC-MHI), with an emphasis in co-located, collaborative care. Dr. Dollar received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Jackson State University and MA from Middle Tennessee State University. She completed her pre-doctoral internship with an emphasis in primary care and behavioral medicine at the VA Western New York Health Care System in Buffalo, NY.
Research/Program Implementation Interests: Dr. Dollar's primary research and program implementation interests include investigating the use of evidence-informed technical assistance strategies, e.g., external/internal facilitation, to increase utilization of evidence-based interventions in clinical practice among mental health clinicians working in primary care settings, also known as Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Dollar is also interested in better understanding the facilitators and barriers to delivering mental and behavioral health services in primary care settings.
Kearney, L. K., Pomerantz, A. S., Dollar, K., & Wray, L. O. (in press). Psychological assessment in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) model of integrated primary care. In Maruish Mark E. (Ed.), Handbook of psychological assessment in primary care settings, 2nd edition. London, England: Routledge
Kearney, K.L., Wray, L.O., Dollar, K.M., & King, P. (2015). Establishing Measurement Based Care in Integrated Primary Care: Monitoring Clinical Outcomes Over Time. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 22(4), 213–227.
Ritchie, M. J., Dollar, K. M., Kearney, L. K., & Kirchner, J. E. (2014). Responding to needs of clinical operations partners: Transferring implementation facilitation knowledge and skills. Psychiatric Services 65(2), 141-3.
Kirchner, J. E., Kearney, L. K., Ritchie, M. J., Dollar, K.M., Swensen, A. B., & Schohn, M. (2014). Lessons learned through a national partnership between clinical leaders and researchers. Psychiatric Services 65(5), 577-579.
Kearney, L. K., Wray, L. O., Dollar, K. M., King, P. R., & Vair, C. L. (2014). Psychological assessment of veterans in primary care-mental health integration contexts. In S. S. Bush (Ed.), Psychological Assessment of Veterans. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Haibach, J. P., Beehler, G. P., Dollar, K. M., & Finnell, D. S. (2014). Moving toward integrated behavioral intervention for treating multimorbidity among chronic pain, depression, and substance-use disorders in primary care. Medical Care 52(4), 322-327.
Beehler, G. P., Funderburk, J. S., Possemato, K., & Dollar, K. M. (2013). Psychometric assessment of the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ). Translational Behavioral Medicine, 3(4), 379-391.
Ma, M., Dollar, K .M., Kibler, J. L., Sarpong, D., & Samuels, D. (2011). The effects of priming on a public health campaign targeting cardiovascular risks. Prevention Science. doi: 10.1007/s11121-011-0228-3
Kibler, J. L., Ma, M., Lyons, J. A., Dollar. K. M., Coleman, M., Brisco, K., & Banks, P.G. (2011). Psychometric properties of the Posttraumatic Stress Checklist among young African-American men and women. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice 3(1),77-83.
Alderman, J., Dollar, K. M., & Kozlowski, L. T (2010). Understanding the origins of anger, contempt, and disgust in public health policy disputes: Applying moral psychology to harm reduction. Journal of Public Health Policy, 31(1), 1-16.
Munroe, C. D., Kibler, J. L., Ma, M., Dollar, K. M., & Coleman, M. (2010). The relationship between posttraumatic stress symptoms and sexual risk; Examining potential mechanisms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(1), 49-53. doi: 10.1037/a0018960.
Dollar, K. M., Homish, G. G., Kozlowski, L. T., & Leonard, K. E. (2009). Longitudinal predictors of smoking cessation in a community sample of married couples. American Journal of Public Health, 99(2), 231-233.
Dollar, K.M., Kearney, L.K., King, P.R., & Wray, L.O. (2017, October). Creating a Foundation for Measurement Based Care in Integrated Primary Care. Paper accepted for presentation at the annual at the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association's 19th Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
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.
Dollar, K.M., Ritchie, M.J., Fickel, J.J., Kearney, L.K., Lambert-Kerzner, A., Miller, C.L., Mushiana, S., Oliver, K.A., & Zimmerman, L. (2017, June). Facilitating Implementation of Clinical Innovations Virtually: Benefits, Challenges, and Expert Recommendations. Poster presentation at the annual research meeting of AcademyHealth, New Orleans, LA.
Dollar, K., Kearney, L. K., Wray, L. O., & Pomerantz, A. (2016, October). One Goal Many Pathways: Achieving Same Day Access in VA Integrated Care. Presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Charlotte, NC.
Pomerantz, A., Grasso, J., Woodward, E. N., Wray, L. O., Ritchie, M., & Dollar, K. (2016, October). Managing Population Health Need with Integrated Primary Care: Tools and Tips for Successful Implementation. Presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Charlotte, NC.
Dollar, K. M. (2015, May). Service agreements: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Paper presented at the VISN 17 PCMHI Training Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Dollar, K. M. (2015, May). Overview of VISN 15 PCMHI programming and facility implementation status. Paper presented at the VISN 15 PCMHI Training Cpnference, Kansas City, KS.
Dollar, K. M. (2014, July). The 30-minute appointment and the Advanced 5 A’s. Paper presented at the VISN 9 PC-MHI Training Conference, Louisville, KY.
Dollar, K. M. (2012, July). (Chair). Partnering to adapt primary care-mental health integration for community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs). Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the VA HSR&D and Mental Health QUERI Conference, Washington, DC.
Dollar, K. M., Wray, L. O., & Allen, R. (2012, April). The 5 A’s: An evidence-based assessment and intervention model for just about everything (Part 2). Presented via live meeting format to Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 16 Clinicians.
Kirchner, J. E. & Dollar, K. M. (2012, April). Using external and internal facilitation to improve care for VHA. Paper presented the Department of Veterans Affairs Primary Care- Mental Health Integration Program Office, San Antonio, TX.
Kirchner, J. E. & Dollar, K. M. (2011, October). Using external and internal facilitation to improve care for VHA. Paper presented at the meeting of the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office of Mental Health Operations (OMHO) Technical Assistants, Washington, DC.
Principal Investigator: Can a one person band really do it all? Identifying barriers and facilitators to full PC-MHI implementation: A secondary data analysis. (Co-PI: G. Beehler). VA Mental Health QUERI Locally Initiated Project. $9,908. (2013).
Co-Principal Investigator: Employing an evidence-based fidelity tool to identify implementation support needs and preferences among co-located, collaborative care providers. (PI: G. Beehler). VA Mental Health QUERI Locally Initiated Project. $9,543. (2013).
Principal Investiator: Tobacco health risks among veterans: cigars, pipes, and smokeless tobacco. (Co-Is: L. T. Kozlowski, & G. P. Beehler). VA Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Research Grant Program. $2,865 (2007).
Co-Investigator: Integration of behavioral headache therapies into primary care settings: Program development and pilot study. (PIs: D. Penzein & B. Freidenberg). American Headache Society Behavioral Issues Grant. $15,000 (2003-2004).
Co-Investigator: Alcohol use, posttraumatic stress and risky sexual behaviors. American Psychological Association ProDIGS Small Grants Program. $6,900 (2003-2004).