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VISN 5 MIRECC - Research Investigators


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Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.

Melanie Bennett, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-706-0722
Research Interests: Assessment and treatment of substance use disorders in people with serious mental illness; treatment development; tailoring evidence-based interventions for people with serious mental illness; assessment and treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia; treatment of young adults with schizophrenia.




Clayton Brown, Ph.D.

Clayton Brown, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-706-1058
Research Interests: Longitudinal and multilevel statistical models; analysis of data from clinical trials; analysis of observational data applied machine learning.




Bob Buchanan, M.D.

Bob Buchanan, M.D.
Phone: 410-402-7876
Research Interests: Phenomenology of schizophrenia, with a special emphasis on negative symptoms and cognition; the neuroanatomy of negative symptoms and social function; and the development of novel pharmacological and neuromodulatory approaches for people with treatment-resistant schizophrenia, impaired cognition and social function, and negative symptoms.




Amy Drapalski

Amy Drapalski, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-637-1855
Research Interests: Consumer-oriented tools and strategies to improve quality of care; internalized stigma and its effects; barriers and facilitators of mental illness recovery; development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions for individuals with mental illness and their families; women’s mental health




Richard Goldberg

Richard Goldberg, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-637-1851
Research Interests: Serious Mental Illness; Services Research; Medical Co-Morbidity; Quality of Care; Behavioral Health Interventions; Implementation Science; Consumer-led services.



Beth Klingaman

Beth Klingaman, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-637-1875
Research Interests: Self-efficacy, shared decision making, and behavioral health interventions with individuals with serious mental illness, including women and ethnic minorities; cognitive functioning; neurocognitive effects of health behaviors (e.g., sleep, exercise); impacts of internalized stigma on mental illness recovery; implementation science.



Julie Kreyenbuhl

Julie Kreyenbuhl, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Phone: 410-637-1864
Research Interests: Patient-centered approaches to enhance screening for and management of side effects of psychotropic medications; interventions to improve medication adherence among individuals with serious mental illness (SMI), use of innovative technologies to improve functioning and outcomes of individuals with SMI; pharmacoepidemiology of SMI; use of large automated healthcare databases for research.



Alicia Lucksted class=

Alicia Lucksted, Ph.D.
Phone: 443-467-6682
Research Interests: Applied research towards improving mental health services for Veterans and others navigating mental health conditions, Internalized stigma, qualitative and mixed methods in mental health research, psychosocial intervention development, testing, and dissemination.



Teodor Postolache, MD

Teodor Postolache, M.D.
Phone: 410-605-7000
Research Interests: Suicide and suicide risk factors; mood disorders; environmental factors (physical, biological, socio-economical) in relationship to brain function and behavior, and physiological mediation of environment-brain-behavior associations (e.g., neuroimmunology, sleep and chronobiology).


Neil Sandson

Neil Sandson, M.D.
Phone: 410-605-7506
Research Interests: Drug-Drug Interactions; general psychopharmacology; treatment-resistant mood and psychotic disorders; resident teaching; ethical issues in psychopharmacology.



Letitia Travaglini

Letitia Travaglini, Ph.D.
Phone: 410-637-1867
Research Interests: Co-occurring disorders among individuals with serious mental illness, particularly chronic pain; non-pharmacological pain management strategies for Veterans with co-occurring pain and serious mental illness; the use of brief interventions to enhance treatment motivation and engagement; the impact of stigma on health and well-being.