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Margaret Dundon, PhD

Affiliated Clinical Psychologist






Biography: Dr. Margaret (Peg) Dundon is the National Program Manager for Health Behavior at the VA’s National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NCP), under the Office of Patient Care Services in VA Central Office. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at SUNY Buffalo. Prior to this position, Dr. Dundon served as Director of Clinical Operations for the Center for Integrated Healthcare, following many years of clinical work as an integrated primary care behavioral health provider. She is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and devotes much of her effort to training and coaching staff across the VHA system, particularly Health Behavior Coordinators, in motivational interviewing and clinician coaching skills.

Research Interests: Dr. Dundon’s research is focused on health behavior change, including weight management, tobacco cessation, problem-solving training, and implementing brief interventions for behavior change. She is particularly interested in the communication styles of patient-clinician interactions in support of successful behavior change for optimal health.


Recent Publications:

Noel, P-H., Wang, C. P., Bollinger, M. J., Pugh, J., Copeland, M. J., Tsevat, L. A., Nelson, K. M., Dundon, M. M. & Hazuda, H.P. (2012). Intensity and duration of obesity-related counseling: Association with 5–year BMI trends among obese primary care Patients. Obesity, 20(4):773-82.

Kearney, L. K., Post, E., Zeiss, A., Goldstein, M. & Dundon, M. (2011). The role of mental and behavioral health in the application of the patient-centered medical home in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 1(4), 624-628.

Ko, L. K, Allicok, M., Campbell, M. K., Valle, C. G., Armstrong-Brown, J., Carr, C., Dundon, M. & Anthony, T. (2011). An examination of sociodemographic, health, psychological factors, and fruit and vegetable consumption among overweight and obese U.S. veterans. Military Medicine, 176(11), 1281-1286.


Recent Presentations:

Arigo, D., Funderburk, J., Hooker, S., Dundon, M., Dickinson, E., Catanese, S., DeMasi, C., DeSouza, C., Downey, S., Dubbert, P., Evans Hudnall, G., O‚Donohue, J., (2012, April). Implementation of a nationwide weight loss program: Providers’ feedback on the Veterans Health Administration-MOVE!® weight management program for veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Hooker, S., Dundon, M., Arigo, D., Catanese, S., DeMasi, C., DeSouza, C., Dickinson, E., Downey, S., Dubbert, P., Evans Hudnall, G., O'Donahue, J., & Funderburk, J. (2012, April). Veterans‚ Health Administration MOVE!® weight management program for veterans: Providers‚ perceptions of attrition. Poster session presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Dundon, M. (2011, April). Training primary care staff in brief interventions for healthy living: Tobacco cessation as a model. In K. Straits-Troster (Chair), Behavioral Medicine for Veterans: The VA model for accelerating our impact on the public’s health. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Dundon, M. (April, 2011). (Chair). Bringing behavioral health interventions to the population in a medical home model. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.


Recent Grants:

Lead Collaborator for NCP. Co-PIs: David Edelman, MD, MHS and George L. Jackson, Ph.D., MHA. Clinical Trial of Group Prevention Coaching. HSR&D CREATE grant. $1,394,821. (2013-2016).

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