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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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Alan Teo
MD, MS
Samuel Edwards
MD, MPH
Jason I Chen
PhD
Jessica Wyse
PhD
Kelly Vranas
MD
Profession: Psychiatrist
Award Title: Optimizing Veteran's Social Relationships to Enhance Depression Care
Award Date: 2015 - 2020
Research Interests: Depression, Suicide, Social isolation
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: 2019
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: 2019
Research Interests: High value critical care, Healthcare resource utilization

National Institutes of Health K Awardees & Other
Career Development Awardees

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Jennifer Barton
MD
Shannon Nugent
PhD
Maya O'Neil
PhD
Profession: Rheumatologist
Award Type: National Institutes of Health K12
Award Title: Goal Concordance in Rheumatoid Arthritis in Diverse Populations
Award Date: 2015 - 2020
Research Interests: Decision aids, Health literacy, Shared decision-making
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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Julie Kahler
PhD
S Nina Akbar
MD
Haley Holmer
PhD, MPH
Liana
Schweiger
MD
Traben
Pleasant
PhD
Diana Govier
PhD
Profession: Psychologist
Research Interests: PTSD, Access
LIP Award: Who drops out? Utilization of Evidence-based Treatments in Rural vs. Urban Veterans with PTSD
Fellowship Track: Independent Investigator
Profession: Infectious Disease Specialist
Research Interests: Multi-drug resistant organisms, Antimicrobial and resource stewardship, Behavioral economics in health care
Fellowship Track: Independent Investigator
Profession: Epidemiologist
Research Interests: Evidence synthesis methodology, clinical practice guideline development, methodology standards, use of evidence to inform policy
Fellowship Track: Evidence Synthesis
Profession: Pulmonologist/Critical Care Physician
Research Interests: Shared decision making, pulmonary disease, health disparities
Fellowship Track: Independent Investigator
Profession: Anthropologist
Research Interests: Rural health, access, suicide prevention, TBI, PTSD
Fellowship Track:Independent Investigator
Profession: Health Policy Researcher
Research Interests: Health policy, access, outcomes among medically/socially complex populations
Fellowship Track:Independent Investigator