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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.



Site Leaders




Dr. Mark KunikDirector

Mark E. Kunik, MD, MPH
(713) 791-1414 Ext. 10330


Dr. Michael KauthCo-Director

Michael Kauth, PhD
(713) 440-4460


Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-AliAssociate Director for Education

Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD
(713) 791-1414 Ext. 26771


Dr. Jeff PyneAssociate Director for Research

Jeffrey Pyne, MD
(501) 257-1083


Dr. Ellen FischerAssistant Director for Research

Ellen P. Fischer, PhD
(501) 257-1711


Dr. Michael CucciareAssociate Director for Research Training

Michael A. Cucciare, PhD
(501) 526-8179


Dr. Tracey SmithAssociate Director for Improving Clinical Care

Tracey L. Smith, PhD
(713) 791-1414 Ext. 10287


Site Leaders

Dr. Lilian DindoHouston

Lilian Dindo, PhD
(713) 794-8639 |


Dr. Jeff PyneLittle Rock

Jeffrey Pyne, MD
(501) 257-1083


Dr. Laurel FranklinNew Orleans

C. Laurel Franklin, PhD
(501) 571-8294



VISN 16 SC MIRECC Administrative Officer

Kristin Ward
(501) 257-1236


Houston Anchor Site Administrative Officer

Kendall R. Moore
(713) 791-1414 Ext. 10304


SC MIRECC Budget Officer

Dale Perkins
(501) 257-1741



Last updated: November 5, 2018