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Advisory Board



Advisory Board Purpose and Function

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The Center has an external Advisory Board comprised of representatives knowledgeable about mental health research, clinical, and educational areas, both within and outside of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The Advisory Board draws representation from within the local VA Medical Centers, Network leadership, from the Center’s affiliated academic institutions, and from the national research community that represents areas of interest to the Center.

The Advisory Board provides representation from the academic institutions and those professions with whom the VISN 2 Center for integrated Healthcare collaborates to ensure the affiliates and professional groups have an active voice in setting the direction for the Center. The Advisory Board also provides representation from the VHA scientific community. The Advisory Board meets annually to assess and advise the Center leadership on matters of policy development and to review the effectiveness of the Center in meeting its objecives. As well, the Board assesses and advises leadership on general programmatic directions within each component of the Center.

Advisory Board Membership

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The following individuals serve on the Center for Integrated Healthcare’s Advisory Board (**Indicates Advisory Board member who is a Veteran):

  • Bruce Nelson, PhD, Chair
    Behavioral Careline Director
    Veterans Healthcare Network Upstate New York (VISN 2)
  • Jean C. Beckham, PhD
    Co-Associate Director - Research
    Assistant Director - Research - Genetics
    Durham, NC
  • Jill Bormann, PhD, RN
    Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health
    VA San Diego Health Care
  • Kenneth R. Conner, PsyD, MPH
    Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention
    VA Medical Center Canandaigua, NY
  • John W. Epling, Jr., MD, MSEd
    Chair, Department of Family Medicine
    Upstate Medical University, State University of New York
    Syracuse, NY
  • Kimberly Figueroa, LMSW**
    Social Worker
    Outpatient Mental Health Clinic
    VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
  • Robert J. Gregory, MD
    Professor & Chair
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science
    Upstate Medical University, State University of New York
    Syracuse, NY
  • J. Michael Haynie, PhD**
    Barnes Professor of Entrepreneurship
    Whitman School of Management &
    CEO, Institute for Veterans and Family Members
    Syracuse University
  • CDR Christopher Hunter, PhD, ABPP**
    DoD Program Manager for Behavioral Health in Primary Care
    TRICARE Management Activity, Office of the Chief Medical Officer
    Behavioral Medicine Division, Arlington, VA
  • JoAnn Kirchner, MD
    Director, VA Mental Health QUERI
    North Little Rock, AR
  • John Langenberg, MD
    Primary Care Lead Physician
    VA Medical Center, Syracuse, NY
  • Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
    Associate Director
    DeBakey VA Medical Center’s Center for Quality of Care and Utilization Studies:
    A VA HSR&D Center of Excellence &
    Associate Director, Research Training, South Central MIRECC Houston, TX
  • Bruce Levine, MD
    Director of Education
    New York, NY
  • Robert B. Murrett**
    Deputy Director
    Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT) &
    Professor of Practice, Public Administration and International Affairs
    Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs & Syracuse University College of Law
  • David Oslin, MD
    Director, VISN 4 MIRECC
    VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Paula P. Schnurr, PhD
    Deputy to the Executive Director
    National Center for PTSD
    White River Junction, VT
  • Mark E. Shelhorse, MD
    Chief Medical Officer, VISN 6
    Durham, NC
  • Brian G. Stiller**
    Medical Center Director
    VA Western NY Healthcare System
    Buffalo, NY

Ex-Officio Members

  • David Carroll, PhD
    Office of Mental Health Operations (10NC5)
    Veterans Health Administration
    VA Central Office, Washington, DC
  • Harold Kudler, MD
    Chief Consultant for Mental Health Services
    Office of Mental Health (10P4M)
    Veterans Health Administration
    VA Central Office, Washington, DC
  • Andrew Pomerantz, MD
    National Mental Health Director, Integrated Services
    Office of Mental Health (10P4M)
    Veterans Health Administration
    VA Central Office, Washington, DC
  • Edward Post, MD, PhD
    Medical Director
    VHA Primary Care – Mental Health Integration Program Office
    VA Ann Arbor Health Care System
    Ann Arbor, MI
  • Wendy Tenhula, PhD
    National Mental Health Director, VA/DoD Integrated Mental Health
    Office of Mental Health Services
    Veterans Health Administration