VISN 17 Center of Excellence - MIRECC / CoE
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VISN 17 Center of Excellence

Staff

Leadership

Investigators

Fellows

Support Staff

Advisory Board

Leadership

Dr. Richard Seim

Director
Richard Seim, Ph.D.
richard.seim@va.gov

Neuroimaging Core Leader
Steven Nelson, Ph.D.
steven.nelson1@va.gov

Dr. Laura Zambrano-Vazquez

Education & Dissemination Core Leader
Laura Zambrano-Vazquez, Ph.D.
laura.zambrano-vazquez@va.gov

Dr. Justin Benzer

Implementation Science Core Leader
Justin Benzer, Ph.D.
justin.benzer@va.gov

Dr. Rakesh Guleria

Biomarkers & Genetics Core Leader
Rakeshwar Guleria, Ph.D.
rakeshwar.guleria@va.gov

Dr. Brandon Moore

Administrative Officer
Brandon Moore, Ph.D.
brandon.moore4@va.gov

 

Investigators

Suzannah Creech, Ph.D.
Investigator, Treatment Core
Areas: relationship functioning, military sexual trauma, intimate partner violence

Sheila Frankfurt

Sheila Frankfurt, Ph.D.
Investigator, Behavioral Science Core
Areas: moral injury, PTSD

Sudhiranjan Gupta, Ph.D.
Investigator, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Areas: traumatic brain injury, molecular & cellular cardiac dysfunction

Crystal Lantrip, Ph.D.
Investigator, Neuroimaging Core
Areas: neuropsychological assessment, transcranial magnetic stimulation

Geoffrey May, M.D.
Investigator, Neuroimaging Core
Areas: transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography

Dr. Adam McGuire

Adam McGuire, Ph.D.
Investigator, Behavioral Science Core
Areas: PTSD, moral elevation, positive psychology

Dr. Joseph Mignogna

Joseph Mignogna, Ph.D.
Investigator, Implementation Science Core
Areas: integrated health care, primary care

Dr. Yvette Szabo

Yvette Szabo, Ph.D.
Investigator, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Areas: PTSD, inflammatory processes

 

Fellows

Dr. Austen Anderson

Austen Anderson, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
austen.anderson@va.gov

Dr. Solomon Kurz

Solomon Kurz, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
andrew.kurz@va.gov

To learn more about our post-doctoral fellowship program, please visit our Fellowship page.

 

Research Staff

Jennifer Bakan, B.A. - Technical Writer
Christina Burns, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Lisa Corcoran, M.A. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Hailey Fox, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Christina Hejl, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Binh An Howard, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Staley Justice, MSW, LCSW - Study Coordinator, Neuroimaging & Behavioral Science Core
Jack Kelley, B.A. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Brian Kim, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Andrea MacCarthy, B.S. - Data Analyst, Implementation Science Core
Corina Mendoza, M.A. - Mental Health Specialist, Behavioral Science Core
Taeja Mitchell, M.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
LaShanda Montgomery, MSN, FNP-C - Nurse Practitioner, Behavioral Science Core
Dawn Pierson, M.S. - Psychology Technician, Implementation Science Core
Kathryn Roe, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Jennifer Smith, A.S. - MRI Technician, Neuroimaging Core
William Stewart, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core

Program Support

Daisy Lopez - Program Support Assistant
Ruth Ann Mitchell - Administrative Support Assistant
April Salinas - Program Support Assistant
Lisa Shafer, BBA - Data Manager

  

Advisory Board

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Mental Health Operations
VACO

Carl A. Castro, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Research Director,
Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans and Military Families
University of Southern California

Charles J. Foulks, M.D.
Associate Chief of Staff for Research Services
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System

Steve Holliday, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
VISN 17 Mental Health Liaison Officer

Wendell E. Jones, M.D. MBA, FACP, CPE
VISN 17 Chief Medical Officer

Kathryn J. Kotrla, M.D., Ph.D.
President of MEK, Inc.
Former Associate Dean, College of Medicine, Round Rock
Texas A&M Health Science Center

Walter E. Penk, Ph.D.
Professor Texas A&M, College of Medicine
Consultant, VA Rehabilitation, Research and Development

Murray A. Raskind, M.D.
Director, Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC)
VA Puget Sound Health Care System

Veterans Advisory Council

In addition to our Advisory Board, our Center also has a Veterans Council which meets quarterly to represent Veterans interests in our research and services.

 

 

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