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Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC)

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Avery Laliberte, BA

Avery Laliberte, BA, is the Administrative Officer for CIVIC. She joined CIVIC in 2019 as a study coordinator for research teams led by Dr. Denise Hynes, Dr. Sam Edwards, and Dr. Jason Chen. She has worked on a variety of projects with these teams, with topics including VA care coordination policy, relational coordination and employee well-being, VA’s Home-Based Primary Care program, and Veteran suicide prevention. Avery received her BA in Psychology from Lewis & Clark College.

Alison Eckhardt, LAc, MAOM

Alison Eckhardt, LAc, MAOM, is a Research Assistant at CIVIC. Their role is divided between supporting the administrative and research staff. Prior to joining CIVIC, Alison worked as an acupuncturist in private clinical practice from 2013 to 2020. They have also worked as a freelance graphic and web designer, with a focus on accessibility improving user experience. Alison received a Masters in Acupuncture from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2013. They also hold a Bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, where they conducted undergraduate research in non-human primate morphology.

Beau Edwards, BS

Beau Edwards, BS is a Research Assistant with the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Washington State University in 2017. He joined CIVIC in 2018 primarily as an administrative employee to support the Center and its operations. In this role he helps to manage CIVIC's weekly research seminar series, serves as technical support for virtual meetings, and supports the fellowship program directors. Beau serves on CIVIC's Research Communications Committee as the managing editor for CIVIC's Research Newsletter. He is CIVIC's primary website developer, website content manager, and social media manager.

Arielle Hughes, MS

Arielle Hughes, MS, has a background in social and clinical psychology research. She completed her BA and MS in Psychology at the University of North Florida. Her graduate research focused on personality traits and psychopathology. She also studied nonverbal behavior and personality differences in dyadic interactions. She joined the Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care (CIVIC) in 2021 as a Health Science Specialist and Grants Coordinator.

Ambrosia Sanchez, BS

Ambrosia received her BS in Public Health from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020. Prior to CIVIC, she worked as a Disease investigator for the Washoe County Health District primarily focusing on preventing COVID-19 in the community. Here at the VA, she is interested in expanding her knowledge in the Public Health realm, to hopefully one day receive her Master’s.