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

Staff

Leadership

Investigators

Fellows

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Advisory Board

Leadership

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

Deputy Director of Research
Behavioral Science Core Leader

Dena Davidson, Ph.D.
dena.davidson@va.gov

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

Dr. Richard Seim

Education & Dissemination Core Leader
Richard Seim, Ph.D.
richard.seim@va.gov

Dr. Justin Benzer

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

Dr. Sudhiranjan Gupta

Biomarkers & Genetics Core Leader
Sudhiranjan Gupta, Ph.D.
sudhiranjan.gupta@va.gov

Dr. Brandon Moore

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

Sheila Frankfurt

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

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

Dr. Rakeshwar Guleria

Rakeshwar Guleria, Ph.D.
Investigator, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Areas: sympathetic arousal, cardiac dysfunction, molecular signal transduction

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

Eric Meyer, Ph.D.
Investigator, Treatment Core
Areas: PTSD, SUD, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Dr. Joseph Mignogna

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

Dr. Laura Zambrano

Laura Zambrano-Vazquez, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Training, Education & Dissemination Core
Areas: psychophysiological assessment, PTSD






 

Fellows

Dr. Morgynn Haner

Morgynn Haner, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
morgynn.haner@va.gov

Dr. Solomon Kurz

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

Dr. Adam McGuire

Adam McGuire, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
adam.mcguire@va.gov

Dr. Yvette Szabo

Yvette Szabo, Ph.D.
OAA Postdoctoral Research Fellow
yvette.szabo@va.gov

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

 

Research Staff

Tabitha Alverio, M.A. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Jennifer Bakan, B.A. - Technical Writer
Morgan Bennett, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Christina Burns, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Laura Constable, M.S. - Study Coordinator, Behavioral Science Core
Lisa Corcoran, M.A. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Leslie Dannhaus, M.A., LPC - Study Coordinator, Neuroimaging Core
Hailey Fox, B.S. - TMS Technician
Christina Hejl, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Staley Justice, MSW, LCSW - Study Coordinator, Neuroimaging & Behavioral Science Core
Jack Kelley, B.A. - 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
David Pollard, M.D. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Kathryn Roe, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Jeremy Saenz, Ph.D. - Graduate Psychologist, Behavioral Science Core
Mollie Shin, B.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core
Jennifer Smith, A.S. - MRI Technician, Neuroimaging Core
William Stewart, B.S. - Laboratory Technician, Biomarkers & Genetics Core
Randy Tea, M.S. - Psychology Technician, Behavioral Science Core

Program Support

Lisa Boynton, BBA - Program Support Assistant
Robert Cervantes, MBA - 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 quarterly to represent Veterans interests in our research and services.

 

 

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