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Kyle Possemato, PhD

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Biography

Biography: Dr. Kyle Possemato received her PhD in Clinical Health Psychology from Drexel University where she developed an early interest in PTSD, initially studying its effects in transplant patients. Kyle completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Upon completion of her internship, Dr. Possemato joined the
VA's Center for Integrated Healthcare as a post-doctoral fellow. Two years later, she joined the Center as a clinical research investigator where she has focused her research on PTSD in the primary care setting. Dr. Possemato also holds faculty appointments in the Department of Psychology, Syracuse University and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the State University of New York, Upstate Medical University.

Research Interests: Dr. Possemato’s research focuses on developing, testing and implementing interventions for trauma, PTSD, and substance use disorders with an emphasis on interventions that can be delivered in non-traditional ways in order to increase patient engagement. Examples include brief interventions delivered in the primary care setting, technology-based (e.g., web and smart phone) interventions, and services delivered by peer-support specialists. Much of Dr. Possemato’s research focuses on testing and implementing cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness interventions to increase engagement in care and reduce PTSD symptoms and alcohol use among Veterans.

Publications

Recent Publications:

Possemato, K., Johnson, E., Wray, L.O., Webster, B., & Stecker, T. (2017). The implementation and testing of a referral management system to address barriers to treatment seeking among primary care veterans with PTSD. Psychological Services. Advance online publication. doi: 0.1037/ser0000150

Lee, J., Possemato, K., Ouimette, P. (in press). Longitudinal changes in combat-related PTSD among OEF/OIF/OND veterans with hazardous alcohol use: The role of avoidance coping. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

Beehler, G. P., Lilienthal, K. R., Possemato, K., Johnson, E. M., King, P. R., Shepardson, R. L., Vair, C. L., Reyner, J., Funderburk, J. S., Maisto, S. A., & Wray, L. O. (2017). Narrative review of provider behavior in Primary Care Behavioral Health: How process data can inform quality improvement. Families, Systems, and Health, online first. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000263 

Possemato, K., Maisto, S.A., Wade, M., Barrie, K., Johnson, E.M. & Ouimette, P.C. (2017). Natural course of co-occurring PTSD and alcohol use disorder among recent combat veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, online first. doi:10.1002/jts.22192 

Fivecoat, H., Cos, T.A., & Possemato, K. (2017). Special ethical considerations for behavioral health consultants in the primary care setting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, online first. doi: 10.1037/pro0000133 

Johnson, E.M., Possemato, K., Barrie, K.A., Webster, B., Wade, M., & Stecker, T. (2017). Veterans’ thoughts about PTSD treatment and subsequent treatment utilization. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 10, 138-160.

Acosta M.C., Possemato, K.,  Maisto, S.A., Marsch, L.A.,  Barrie, K., Lantinga, L.,  Fong, X. Haiyi, X, Rosenblum, R. (2017). Web-delivered CBT reduces drinking in OEF-OIF veterans in primary care with symptomatic substance use and PTSD. Behavior Therapy, 48, 262-276. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2016.09.001.

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., Johnson, E, Hoffman, J., Brooks, E. (2017).  Development and refinement of a clinician intervention to facilitate primary care patient use of the PTSD Coach app. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 7, 116-126. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0393-9

Johnson, E.M., Barrie, K.A., Possemato, K., Wade, M., Eaker, A., & Ouimette, P.C. (2016). Predictors of mental healthcare utilization in veterans with PTSD symptoms and hazardous drinking. Military Medicine, 181, 1200-1209. doi: 10.7205/MILMED-D-15-00495

Lilienthal, K.R., Possemato, K., Funderburk, J., Wade, M., Eaker, A., & Beehler, G. P. (2016).  Predisposing characteristics, enabling factors , and need as predictors of integrated behavioral health utilization.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, online first. doi:10.1007/s11414-016-9496-9

Possemato, K., Funderburk., K., Spinola, S., Hutchinson, D., Maisto, S.,  Lantinga, Oslin, D. (2016). Reliability and Validity of a Treatment Barriers Scale for Individuals with Alcohol Dependence.  Substance Use and Misuse. http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826084.2015.1110172

Possemato, K., Bergen-Cico, D. Treatman, S., Allen, C.A., Brooks, E., Pigeon, W. (2016). A Randomized Clinical Trial of Primary Care Brief Mindfulness Training for Veterans with PTSD.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, online first. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22241

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., Johnson, E., Kanuri, N., Hoffman, J., De Stefano, L., Brooks, E. (2016).  A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of Clinician-Supported PTSD Coach: Impact on PTSD and Mental Health Treatment Utilization. General Hospital Psychiatry, 38, 94-98.

Possemato, K., Maisto, S. A., Wade, M., Barrie, K., Mckenzie, S., Lantinga, L. J., & Ouimette, P. (2015). Ecological Momentary Assessment of PTSD symptoms and Alcohol Use in Recent Combat Veterans. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29, 4, 894-905. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/adb0000129

Possemato, K., Pratt, A., Barrie, K., Ouimette, P. (2015). The Relationship of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Alcohol Use and Depression with Family Functioning Among Recent OEF/OIF Combat Veterans. Traumatology, 4, 267-272http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000037

Beehler, G.P., Funderburk, J.S., King, P.R., Wade, M., Possemato, K. (2015) Using the Primary Care Behavioral Health Provider Adherence Questionnaire (PPAQ) to Identify Variation in Practice Patterns. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 5, 4, 384-392.

Pigeon W.R., Allen C., Possemato K., Treatman S., & Bergen-Cico D.  (2015) Feasibility and acceptability of a brief mindfulness program for veterans in primary care with posttraumatic stress disorder. Mindfulness, 6(5):986-995.  DOI 10.1007/s12671-014-0340-0.

Bergen-Cico, D., Possemato, K., Pigeon, W (2014). Reductions in Cortisol Associated with Primary Care Mindfulness-Based Intervention for Veterans with PTSD.  Medical Care, 52, S25-S31.

Possemato, K., McKenzie, S., McDevitt-Murphy, S., Williams, J., & Ouimette, P. (2014). The Relationship between Post-Deployment Factors and PTSD Severity in Recent Combat Veterans. Military Psychology, 26, 15-22.

Possemato, K., Acosta, M. Fuentes, J., Lantinga, L.J., Marsch, L., Maisto, S.A., & Rosenblum, A. A (2014). Web-based Self-Management Program for OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD and Substance Misuse: Program Development and Veteran Feedback. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 22, 345-358.

Kaier, E., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L.J., Maisto, S.A. & Ouimette, P. (2014). Associations between PTSD and healthcare utilization among OEF/OIF veterans with hazardous alcohol use. Traumatology, 23(3), 142-149.

Oslin, D. W., Lynch, K. G., Maisto, S. A., Lantinga, L. J., McKay, J., Possemato, K., Ingram, E., & Wierzbicki, M. (2014). A randomized clinical trial of alcohol care management delivered in Department of Veterans Affairs primary care clinics versus specialty addiction treatment. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29(1), 162-168.

Funderburk, J.S., Possemato, K., & Maisto, S.A. (2013). Differences in What Happens After You Screen Positive for Depression Versus Hazardous Alcohol Use. Military Medicine, 178(10), 1071-1077.

Pigeon, W., Campbell, C., Possemato, K., Ouimette, P. (2013) Longitudinal Relationships of Insomnia, Nightmares, and PTSD Severity in Recent Combat Veterans. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75(6), 545-550.

Possemato, K., Bishop, T., Willis, M., Lantinga, L. (2013). Healthcare Utilization and Symptom Variation among Veterans Using Behavioral Telehealth Center Services.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 40, 416-426.

Bergen-Cico, D. & Possemato, K., & Cheon, S. (2013). Examining the Efficacy of a Brief Mindfulness Based Stress on Psychological Health. Journal of American College Health, 61(6), 348-360.

Possemato, K. (2013). Capsule Commentary on Ganzani et al. Trust is the Basis for Effective Suicide Risk Screening and Assessment in Veterans. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(9), 1222.

Bishop, T., Pigeon, W., & Possemato., K. (2013). Suicidality and sleep disturbance among VA primary care patients. Military Behavioral Health, 1(2), 81-84.

Beehler, G., Funderburk, J., 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.

Beehler, G., Funderburk, J., Possemato, K., & Vair, C. L.  (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.

Possemato, K., Marsh, L.A., & Bishop, T. (2013). Technology-based research and treatment approaches for post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders. P. Ouimette & J. Read (Eds.)  Trauma and Substance Abuse: Causes Consequences and Treatment of Co-morbid Disorders. Washington: APA.

Possemato, K., Kaier, E., Wade, M., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A. & Ouimette, P. (2012). Assessing Daily Fluctuations in PTSD Symptoms and Substance Use using Interactive Voice Response Technology: Protocol Compliance and Reactions. Psychological Services, 9, 185-196.

Possemato, K. (2011) The Current State of Intervention Research for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder within the Primary Care Setting. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 18, 268-280.

Possemato, K., Ouimette, P., Knowlton., P. (2011). Written Emotional Disclosure as a Brief Primary Care-Based Intervention for PTSD Symptoms in Recent Combat Veterans: A Pilot Study. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 17, 245-250.

Possemato, K., Ouimette, P., Lantinga, L., Wade., M., Coolhart, D., Schohn, M., Labbe, A.,  Strutynski, K. (2011). Treatment of Veteran's Affairs Primary Care Patients with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Psychological Services, 8, 82-93.

Adler, D.A., Possemato, K., Mavandadi, S., Lerner, D., Chang, H., Klaus, J., Tew, J., Barrett, D.,
Oslin, D. (2011). Psychiatric Status and Work Performance in Veterans of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Psychiatric Services, 62, 39-46.

Possemato, K., Wade, M., Andersen, J., Ouimette, P. (2010). The Impact of PTSD, Depression and Substance Use Disorders on Disease Burden and Health Care Utilization among OEF/OIF Veterans. Psychological Trauma, 2, 218-223.

Andersen, J., Wade, M., Possemato, K., Ouimette, P. (2010).The Relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Physician Diagnosed Disease in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Psychosomatic Medicine, 72, 498-504.

Possemato, K., Ouimette, P., Geller, P.A. (2010). Internet-Based Expressive Writing for Kidney Transplant Recipients: Effects on Post-traumatic Stress and Quality of Life. Traumatology, 16, 49-54.

Possemato, K., Geller, P.A., Ouimette, P. (2009). Posttraumatic Stress and Quality of Life in Kidney Transplantation Recipients. Traumatology, 15, 34-39.

Presentations

Recent Presentations:

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.M., Emery, J.B., Maisto., S.A. (2017, March). Combining peer support with a web-based treatment to increase engagement in primary care- mental health services.  Symposium presented at the 2017 Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.M., Emery, J.B., Maisto., S.A. (2016, November). Can adding peer support boost the effectiveness of a web-based treatment for PTSD and alcohol use?Symposium presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Possemato, K., Webster, B., Stieger, S. Higham, J. (November, 2016). A Program Evaluation of Who Receives Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD. Poster presented at the 2016 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 32nd Annual Meeting

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.

Possemato, K. (2016, August). Primary Care-based Interventions for PTSD: Examples of Working with Military Veterans. Symposium presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Possemato, K. Wade, M., Acosta, M., Barrie, K. Rosenblum, A., Marsch, L., Maisto, S.A. (2016, August). Suicidality and Treatment Outcomes in a Web-Based Intervention for PTSD and Substance Use. Symposium presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, CO.

Possemato, K.,
Johnson, E. M., Wray, L.O., Stecker, T. (2015, November) The Implementation of a Referral Management System for Veterans with PTSD in VA Primary Care.  Symposium presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., Johnson, E. (2015, November) Clinician-Supported PTSD Coach: Pilot Results on Changes in PTSD Symptoms and Treatment Seeking. Symposium presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31th Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

De Stefano, L., Hutchison, D., Possemato, K., Kuhn, E., & Hoffman, J. (2015, November). Adding clinician support to increase patient use of a symptom management mobile app. Poster presented at the meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, New Orleans, LA.

Johnson, E.M., Possemato, K., & Webster, B. (2015, November). Analysis of treatment seeking beliefs among veterans with PTSD: Is belief content related to patient clinical outcomes? Poster to be presented at the 2015 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 31st Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Possemato, K., Johnson, E.,  Wray, L.O., Stecker, T. (2015, July).  A Hybrid Effectiveness- Implementation Study of a  Referral Management System to Address Barriers to Treatment Seeking among Veterans with PTSD. Oral presentation presented at the 2015 HSR&D/ QUERI Conference. Philadelphia, PA.

Higham, J., Steiger, S., Webster, B., Possemato, K. (2015, May). A Program Evaluation Initiative: PTSD Treatment Outcomes in a VA Behavioral Health Outpatients Specialized PTSD Clinic. Poster presented at the Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Bishop, T. M., Possemato, K., Wade, M.J., Campbell, C. E., Maisto, S. A., & Pigeon, W. R. (2015, June). Alcohol use and PTSD symptom severity among veterans experiencing trauma-related nightmares. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Seattle, WA.

Possemato, K., Webster, D., DeStefano, L.,  Beehler, G., Wray L. Brooks, E. (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.

Possemato, K., Eaker, A., Pigeon, W., Bergen-Cico, D., Treatman, S., Brooks, E. (2014, October). Randomized Clinical Trial of a Brief Primary Care-Based Mindfulness Intervention for Veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the 2014 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Miami, FL.

Hutchison, D., Emery, J.B., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L J., Barrie, K., Maisto, S.A., Acosta, M., Marsch, L.A., & Rosenblum, A. (2014, April). Associations of Nicotine Use, Pain, and Quality of Life with Subthreshold Versus Diagnostic-Level PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans with Co-Occurring Substance Misuse. Poster presented at the 35th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions of the Society for Behavioral Medicine. Philadelphia, PA.

Barrie, K. Cristiano, S. Possemato, K., DeStefano, L., Maisto, S.A., Ouimette,  P.(2014, June) Is College A Risk Or Protective Factor For Combat Veterans With PTSD And Alcohol Misuse? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Seattle, WA.

Possemato, K.,  Barrie, K., Maisto, S.A. Wade, M.,  Mckenzie, S., Lantinga, L.J., Ouimette, P. (2014, June).  Ecological Momentary Assessment of PTSD Symptoms and Alcohol Use in Recent Combat Veterans Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Seattle, WA.

Possemato, K., Fuentes, J.,  Acosta, M., Lantinga, J., Marsch, L., Maisto, S.A., & Rosenblum, A. (2013, November) Web-Based CBT for Veterans with PTSD Symptoms and Substance Misuse: Program Development and Preliminary Results.  Symposuim presented at the 2013 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., McDevitt-Murphy, M. & Ouimette, P. (2013, November) Post-deployment factors are associated with PTSD severity in OIF/OEF veterans. Poster presented at the 2013 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Brooks, E., Ouimette, P., Possemato, K., & Pigeon, W. (2013, November) Reasons for not killing yourself: Changes in PTSD, sleep, and drinking influences in OEF/OIF veterans. Poster presented at the 2013 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 29th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Spinola, S., Possemato, K., Funderburk, J., Maisto, S.A., & Oslin, D. (2013, June). Validation of a Treatment Barriers Instrument in VA Primary Care Patients with Alcohol Dependence.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA), Orlando, FL.

Brooks, E., McKenzie, S., Ouimette, P., Maisto, S. A., & Possemato, K. (2013, June) Age of alcohol use disorder onset before deployment moderates the relationship between PTSD and alcohol use severity in OEF/OIF veterans. Poster presented at the 2013 Research Society on Alcoholism 36th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

McKenzie, S., Brooks, E., Ouimette, P., Maisto, S.A., Possemato, K. (2013, June). Associations between combat experiences and hazardous alcohol use among OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD. Poster presented at the 2013 Research Society on Alcoholism 36th Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

Possemato, K., Campbell, C., Pigeon, W., Ouimette, P. (2012, November). Insomnia and fatigue in primary care patient with combat-related PTSD. Symposium presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Possemato, K., Allen, C, Pigeon, W., Treatman, S., Bergen-Cico, D., Brooks, E. (2012, November). Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for primary care veterans with PTSD symptoms. Symposium presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Pratt, A. S., Barrie, K., Allen, C., McKenzie, S., Campbell, C., Bruder, T., Maisto, S., Ouimette, P., & Possemato, K. (2012, November). The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and self-reported family functioning among recent OEF/OIF combat veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), National Harbor, MD.

Campbell, C. E., Bishop, T. M., McKenzie, S., Ouimette, P., & Possemato, K. (2012, November). Text messaging does not improve follow-up rates in a longitudinal study of veterans with PTSD and comorbid alcohol use disorders. Poster session presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, National Harbor, MD.

Allen, C. E., Bishop, T., Possemato, K., & Pigeon, W. (2012, November). Compliance with actigraphy and salivary cortisol protocol among veterans with PTSD symptoms. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), National Harbor, MD.

Possemato, K., Fuentes, J., Bishop, T. Acosta, M., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A. Marsch, L.., & Rosenblum, A. (2012, July). Veteran feedback on a proposed web-based intervention for PTSD and substance misuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the VA HSR&D/ QUERI National Conference, National Harbor, MD.

Bishop, T. M., Pigeon, W. R., Possemato, K., & Bruder, T. M. (2012, June). Sleep disturbance as a risk factor for suicidal ideation in veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, Boston, MA.

Bishop, T. M., Possemato, K., Acosta, M., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., Marsch, L., Moore, S., & Rosenblum, A. (2012, June). Moving Forward: Update on the development of a web-based cognitive behavioral treatment for OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD symptoms and substance misuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.

Bishop, T. M., Fuentes, J. A., Possemato, K., & Lantinga, L. J. (2012, April). Behavioral Health Telecenter Assessment: Utilization and outcomes. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Bishop, T. M., Possemato, K., & Pratt, A. S. (2012, April). Sensitivity and specificity of screening measures for alcohol misuse, depression, and PTSD in primary care veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine , New Orleans, LA.

Possemato, K. (2011, October). Evidence-based psychotherapies for managing PTSD in the primary care setting. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Possemato, K., Fuentes, J., Acosta, M., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A. Marsch, L., Moore, S., & Rosenblum, A. (2011, September). Veteran feedback on a web-based intervention for PTSD symptoms and substance misuse. Paper presented at the meeting of the Mental Health Services Roll Out In the Medical Home VA/ DoD Conference, Alexandria, VA.

Kaier, E., Campbell, C., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, September). Mental health symptoms and quality of life among OEF/OIF veterans enrolled in VA primary care. Poster session presented at the Mental Health Services Roll Out In the Medical Home VA/ DoD Conference, Alexandria, VA.

McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Campbell, C., Possemato, K., Lantinga L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, September). Nicotine dependence and PTSD Symptom Clusters among OEF/OIF Veterans enrolled VA primary care. Poster presented at the Mental Health Services Roll Out In the Medical Home VA/ DoD Conference, Alexandria, VA.

Campbell C., McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Possemato, K., Pigeon, W., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, September). PTSD severity, hazardous alcohol use and Insomnia among OEF/OIF Veterans enrolled in VA primary care. Poster session presented at the Mental Health Services Roll Out In the Medical Home VA/ DoD Conference, Alexandria, VA.

Possemato, K., Mangus, N., Fuentes, J., Acosta, M., Lantinga, L. J., & Maisto, S. A.(2011, August) Web-based CBT for OEF/OIF veterans with PTSD symptoms and substance misuse. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Possemato, K., Campbell, C., Pigeon, W.R., & Ouimette, P. (2011, August). Pattern, prevalence and persistence of sleep disturbance in Veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan and their relationship to PTSD and substance use. Paper presented at the VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Kaier, E., Campbell, C., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, April). Associations between mental health symptoms and quality of life among Iraq War veterans recruited from VA primary care clinics. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Campbell, C., Possemato, K., Lantinga L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, April). Associations between nicotine dependence and PTSD symptom Ccusters among Iraq War Veterans recruited from VA primary care clinics. Poster session presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.

Campbell C., McKenzie, S., Kaier, E., Possemato, K., Pigeon, W., Lantinga, L. J., Maisto, S. A., & Ouimette, P. (2011, April). The relationship between PTSD severity, hazardous alcohol use and insomnia among OEF/OIF veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Possemato., K., Ouimette, P., & Knowlton, P. (2010, November). A brief self-guided interventions for PTSD in combat veterans. Paper presented at th annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, ON, Canada.

Kaier, E., Campbell, C., Possemato, K., Stroo, M., Mckenzie, S., & Ouimette, P. (2010, November). The relationship of post-deployment support to PTSD and other mental and physical health concerns among Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Poster session presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Conference in Montreal, ON, Canada.

Stroo, M., McKenzie, S., Possemato, K., Maisto, S. A., Ouimette, P. (2010, November). The role of reported killing during combat on PTSD severity in Afghanistan and Iraq war Veterans. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, Montreal, ON, Canada.

Oslin, D. W., Maisto, S. A., Lantinga, L. J ., & Possemato, K. (2010, July). Primary care based disease management for alcohol dependence. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the VHA National Mental Health Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Possemato, K., Knowlton, P., & Ouimette, P. (2010, April). A brief primary care-based intervention for PTSD in OEF/OIF Veterans. Poster session presented at the 2010 HSR&D Mental Health and Substance Use Field Meeting in Little Rock, AR.

Oslin, D.W., Possemato, K., Maisto, S. A., Lantinga, L. J., Aiello, M., McKay, J., & Lynch, K. (2010, April). Treatment barriers and preferences for alcohol dependent veterans in primary care. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the VHA Health Services Research and Development Service, Little Rock, AR.

Possemato K., Aiello, M., & Oslin, D. W.(2009, November). The relationship of PTSD, depression and functional impairment to treatment barriers in veterans with alcohol dependence. Poster session presented to the VHA Northeast Regional Integrated Primary Care Conference in Albany, NY.

Possemato, K., Wade, M., Andersen, J., & Ouimette, P. (2009, November). Psychiatric disorders subsequent to military combat place veterans at increased risk for multiple medical problems and increased healthcare utilization. Poster session presented at the Behavioral Medicine Special Interest Group at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Society, Charlotte, NC.

Grants

Recent Grants:

Multi-Principal Investigator: Clinician Supported PTSD Coach in Primary Care. VA HSRD&D IIR: Total Costs: 1.2 million. (Multi-PI with Eric Kuhn). Awarded: 10/15

Principal Investigator: Peer-Supported Web-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy for OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD and Substance Misuse. CIH Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs $48,000. Awarded 6/15.

Co-Investigator: Measuring Provider Fidelity to Core Functions of PC-MHI, CIH Core Research Grant (PI: Greg Beehler). Total Costs: $148,964. Awarded 9/15.

Co-Investigator: PC-MHI Clinical Outcomes: Preliminary Study (PI: Jennifer Funderburk). Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs: $84,206, Awarded 1/15.

Co-Investigator/ Mentor: Evaluation of Barriers and Facilitators to Mental Health Treatment Utilization Among Primary Care Veterans. CIH Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs $26,094.50. Awarded 8/15.

Principal Investigator: Increasing Engagement in Evidence-Based PTSD Therapy for Primary
Care Veterans. RRP 13-204. Health Services Research and Development QUERI Rapid Response Project. Total Costs: $100,000. Awarded 7/12.   

Principal Investigator: (Multi PI with Wil Pigeon, Ph.D.) Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Primary Care Veterans with PTSD Symptoms. VA Central Office Clinical Demonstration Funds. Total Costs: $118,144. Awarded 7/11.

Co-Investigator: Web-based CBT for Substance Misusing and PTSD Symptomatic OEF/OIF Veterans.  NIAAA R01AA20181. (PIs: Andrew Rosenblum & Stephen Maisto) Total Costs: $499,975. Awarded 7/10.

Co-Investigator: Daily Fluctuations of PTSD Symptoms and Alcohol Use in OEF/OIF Veterans.
VA CSR&D 1I01CX000175. (PI: Paige Ouimette). Total Costs $451,070. Awarded 2/10.

Principal Investigator: Barriers and Facilitators for Implementing PTSD Coach Care Management into Primary Care, VA MH QUERI Locally Initiated Project. Total Costs $10,000. Awarded 2/13.

Site Principal Investigator: Riluzole for PTSD: Efficacy of a Glutamatergic Modulator as Augmentation Treatment for PTSD, DOD, USAMRMC MIPR2DDATM2055 (PI: Benedek). Awarded: 10/2012
        
Principal Investigator: PTSD Coach Self-Management vs. Care Management for Primary Care Veterans: A Feasibility Study. CIH Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs $5,000. Awarded 3/13.

Co-Investigator: Enhanced Behavioral Activation for Patients with Hypertension and Depression (PI: Jennifer Funderburk). Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs: $33,104, Awarded 8/12.

Principal Investigator: Veteran Input Regarding Primary Care-Based PTSD Services. Center for Integrated Healthcare Pilot Research Grant. Total Costs: $5,000 Awarded 5/12.

Co-Investigator: Psychometric Assessment of a Measure of Protocol Adherence for Providers in Co-located, Collaborative Care. CIH Pilot Research (PI: Greg Beehler). Total Costs: $8,240. Awarded 5/12.
       
Principal Investigator: Written Disclosure for OEF/OIF Veterans in Primary Care.  Center for Integrated Healthcare Mentored Research Grant. Total Costs: $5,000.  Awarded 3/09. 

Mentorship

Why do I mentor? “I am significantly invested in improving Veteran’s health though finding new ways to engage more Veterans in high quality health care. To reach this goal we need more health services research investigators in VA. I feel very privileged to be able to mentor new research investigators in VA. I enjoy the mentoring process and helping mentees develop novel research ideas that have great potential to improve healthcare services for Veterans.”

How do I go about mentoring? “My mentoring style is highly flexibly based on the needs and goals of the mentee. Early on in a mentoring relationship, I am happy to provide opportunities for new learning opportunities and more intensive feedback and supervision. Ultimately, I want to see all my mentees become increasingly more independent and enable them to develop their own research path. As a mentor, I tend to be highly available for both scheduled meetings and ad-hoc consultation. I strive to form a highly collaborative and supportive relationship with mentees that focuses on a thoughtful plan to systematically work toward the mentee’s career development goals.”

Areas I tend to Emphasize within Mentorship:

  • Helping mentees to develop their own research interests
  • Professional writing skills for manuscripts and grant applications
  • Hands-on experience with the day-to-day conduct of clinical research in medical settings
  • Development of professional milestones and long-term goals
  • Participation in professional conferences and seminars
  • Successful management of research staff
  • Building a professional network of colleagues
  • Balancing work and life commitments

Accomplishments of Previous Students Mentored by me:

  • Awarded pilot grants as well as large external grant funding
  • Increased collaboration and professional network
  • Publications and presentations

Accepting New Mentees

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

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