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VISN 17 Center of Excellence

Staff

Leadership

Investigators

Fellows

Support Staff

Advisory Board

Leadership

Director
LTC(R) Michael Russell, Ph.D. [bio]
michael.russell5@va.gov

Administrative Officer
SGM(R) David Steeley, B.A.
david.steeley@va.gov

Deputy Director of Research
Dena Davidson, Ph.D.
dena.davidson@va.gov

Treatment Core Leader
Diane Castillo, Ph.D.
diane.castillo@va.gov

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

 

 

   

Budget Analyst
MSG(R) John Eline
john.eline@va.gov

 

Investigators

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

Bryann DeBeer, Ph.D.
Investigator, Treatment Core
Areas: suicide prevention, serious mental illness

Evan Gordon, Ph.D.
Investigator, Neuroimaging Core
Areas: traumatic brain injury, executive function, functional brain organization

Geoffrey May, M.D.
Investigator, Neuroimaging Core
Areas: EEG, fMRI, TMS, PTSD, TBI

Eric Meyer, Ph.D.
Investigator, Treatment Core
Areas: PTSD, SUD, treatment outcome research

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

Richard Seim, Ph.D.
Director of Training, Education & Dissemination Core
Areas: SUD, PTSD, anxiety disorders, homelessness

Keith Young, Ph.D.
Investigator, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Areas: biomarkers of PTSD and suicide

 

Fellows

Sheila Frankfurt, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Mental Health Fellow (2nd year)
sheila.frankfurt@va.gov

Heidi La Bash, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Mental Health Fellow (2nd year)

 

Laura Zambrano-Vazquez, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Polytrauma Fellow (1st year)

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

 

Research Staff

Jennifer Bakan, B.A. - Technical Writer
Elaine Brown, M.A. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Nickolas Chevalier - MRI Technician, Neuroimaging Core
Leslie Dannhaus, M.A. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Bradley Gary, B.S. - Psychological Technician, Neuroimaging Core
Christina Hejl, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Jeisa Jones, M.S. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Staley Justice, LCSW - Project Coordinator
Christine Kuhn, RN, MSN - Project Coordinator
Julie Kittell, M.A. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Corina Mendoza, M.A. - Mental Health Specialist, Treatment Core
Edward Millican, B.S. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
William Stewart, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Ramy Sweiden, M.A. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Randy Tea, M.S. - Psychological Technician
Jennifer Thomson, M.S. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core
Renee Trujillo, RN, FNP - Study Coordinator, Research Service
Desiree Welch, M.A. - Psychological Technician, Treatment Core

Program Support

Lisa Boynton - Program Support Assistant
Robert Cervantes - Data Manager
Ruth Ann Mitchell - Administrative Support Assistant
Victor Robinson - Program Support Assistant
April Salinas - Program Support Assistant

  

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 monthly to represent Veterans interests in our research and services.

 

 

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