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CIVIC Trainees

CIVIC strives to foster independent and successful investigators, through mentoring by senior researchers. CIVIC trainees have been developing their skills through impactful research and achieving career development awards to further grow as researchers. To learn more about specific CIVIC trainees, their research interests, and their achievements, click on the circles below.

VA Career Development Awardees

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Samuel Edwards
MD, MPH
Jason I Chen
PhD
Jessica Wyse
PhD
Kelly Vranas
MD
Profession: General Internist
Award Title: Optimizing Outcomes in Home-Based Care
Award Date: 2018 - 2023
Research Interests: Primary care health policy, Home-based primary care
Profession: Psychologist
Award Title: Enhancing Social Connectedness Among Veterans at High Risk for Suicide through Community Engagement
Award Date: 2019 - 2024
Research Interests: Suicide
Profession: Sociologist
Award Title:
Award Date: 2020 - 2025
Research Interests: Substance use disorder treatment, Medication for opioid use disorder
Profession: Pulmonology and Critical Care
Award Title: Optimizing Critical Care for Patients with Acute Respiratory Failure: A Mixed-Methods Study
Award Date: 2020 - 2024
Research Interests: High value critical care, Healthcare resource utilization

National Institutes of Health K Awardees & Other
Career Development Awardees

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Shannon Nugent
PhD
Maya O'Neil
PhD
Profession: Psychologist
Award Type: American Cancer Society CDA
Award Title: Survivors of Head and Neck Cancer: Optimizing Pain Management
Award Date: 2019 - 2024
Research Interests: Palliative care, Cancer, Depression, Pain

Profession: Psychologist
Award Title: Assessment and Treatment of Cognitive Functioning Deficits in Veterans with PTSD
Award Date: 2018 - 2023
Research Interests: TBI, PTSD

VA Office of Academic Affairs Health Services Research Fellows

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Qian
Leng
MD, MPH
Traben
Pleasant
PhD
Abby
Mulcahy
PhD, MPH
Profession: Internal Medicine Physician
Research Interests: Yoga and Mindfulness research, prenatal health
Fellowship Track: Independent Investigator
Profession: Anthropologist
Research Interests: Rural health, access, suicide prevention, TBI, PTSD
Fellowship Track:Independent Investigator
Profession: Public Health Researcher
Research Interests: Gender, disability, aging
Fellowship Track:Independent Investigator