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Conducting innovative research which contributes to and benefits Veterans lives.


Dr. Allison Gustavson is co-leading VHA’s Long COVID Community of Practice, which aims to foster collaboration within and outside the VA to disseminate information and clinical resources on Long-COVID to providers on a national level. Dr. Gustavson also published a paper (“Stakeholder and Data-Driven Fall Screen in a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly: Quality Improvement Initiative") and infographic to address fall rates in the J of Geriatric Physical Therapy.
SPACE icon CCDOR researcher Dr. Erin Krebs and team worked with a panel of Veterans to develop an infographic to share results of the SPACE study with the community. Click the link below to view and share a copy of the infographic. 

HOMEFRONT icon Dr. Laura Meis collaborated with CCDOR’s Communication Committee to create a visual abstract of her article, “Sticking It Out in Trauma-Focused Treatment for PTSD: It Takes a Village,” that was published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.

Featured Impacts

Anne Melzer's BMJ editorial on screening high risk populations for lung cancer was quoted by 14 news outlets, including WebMD, UK Today, and Medpage. This editorial commented on the results of a newly published study that provided key evidence supporting the beneficial effect for lung cancer screening in people at high risk in the US, despite the poor state of implementation. The editorial particularly noted that the benefits did not extend to patients living in economically deprived areas or to racial or ethnic minority groups. It suggested that, as currently implemented, screening will only exaggerate healthcare disparities still further and therefore called for more equitable screening and outcomes (March 2022).

Michele Spoont is serving as a consultant for the NCPTSD's PTSD Mentoring Program to develop processes to address inequity in different aspects of PTSD specialty treatment (started Jan. 2022). In May 2022, she gave a presentation entitled, "Thinking about Inequity in Mental Health Treatment for PTSD: What do we do now?" for the NCPTSD Mentoring Team's 2022 National VISN Mentoring Meeting. She provided updated information about racial and ethnic disparities in treatment completion and outcomes, described potential unintended consequences of simplistic approaches to addressing disparities, and began outlining a tailored approach to evaluate and address disparities in individual PTSD programs or systems of mental health care. The first equity consultation to a PTSD Clinical Team is currently underway.

Dr. Jillian Fish, CCDOR HSR&D Fellow, selected to serve as the Society of Indian Psychologist’s Leadership Fellow for the 2021-2022 Leadership Development Institute for the Council of National Psychology Associations for the Advancement of Ethnic Minority Interests.

The Pain/Opioid CORE was featured in the March/April 2022 HSR&D Veterans Perspectives publication. This feature provided an overview of the Pain CORE Veteran Engagement Panel and ways the panel has improved research projects.-HERE

A systematic review conducted by the Minneapolis Evidence Synthesis team (Lead author: Dr. Elizabeth Goldsmith) presented evidence on implementation of evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for chronic pain and chronic mental health conditions. The review was featured in an HSR&D Management eBrief (Jan 2022).-HERE