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Leadership & Staff | South Central MIRECC



The South Central MIRECC was funded in 1998 and encompasses all or parts of four states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Center has anchor sites at three medical centers in Houston, Little Rock, and New Orleans. It is closely aligned with the VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line, which oversees the delivery of mental health care and the facility Mental Health Directors.



Dr. Mark Kunik

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH


Dr. Jan Lindsay

Jan Lindsay, PhD


Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali

Associate Director for Education
Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD |


Dr. Jeff Pyne

Associate Director for Research
Jeffrey Pyne, MD


Dr. Ellen Fischer

Assistant Director for Research
Ellen P. Fischer, PhD


Dr. Michael Cucciare

Associate Director for Research Training
Michael A. Cucciare, PhD |


Dr. Jeffrey Cully

Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care
Jeffrey A. Cully, PhD


Site Leaders

Dr. Lilian Dindo

Houston Site Leader
Lilian Dindo, PhD |


Dr. Jeff Pyne

Little Rock Site Leader
Jeffrey Pyne, MD


Dr. Laurel Franklin

New Orleans Site Leader
C. Laurel Franklin, PhD



VISN 16 SC MIRECC Administrative Officer
Kristin Ward


Houston Anchor Site Administrative Officer
Kendall R. Moore


SC MIRECC Budget Officer
Dale Perkins



Last updated:May 19, 2022