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Project Title: Evaluation of the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services

PIN: IOM-BSP-13-03        

Major Unit:
Health and Medicine Division

Sub Unit: Board on Health Care Services
Committee on National Statistics


Mitchell, Abigail

Subject/Focus Area:  Health and Medicine

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   02/24/2015

Dr. Bruce G. Link
Columbia University

Bruce G. Link is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Riverside. He previously was a professor of epidemiology and sociomedical sciences in psychiatry at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He also is a research scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. His research interests focus on psychiatric and social epidemiology and he has studied the connection between socioeconomic status and health, homelessness, violence, stigma, and discrimination. Dr. Link is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He has Ph.D. in sociology from Columbia University.

Dr. Alicia Carriquiry - (Chair)
Iowa State University

Alicia L. Carriquiry is a distinguished professor of liberal arts and sciences and professor of statistics at Iowa State University. Her research interests include Bayesian statistics and general methods. Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences, and traffic safety. She is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association and of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics. She has served on the executive committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, of the American Statistical Association and of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis and on the Council of the International Statistical Institute. She has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences. She has a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University.

Dr. F. Jay Breidt
Colorado State University

F. Jay Breidt is a professor in the Department of Statistics at Colorado State University. From 2005-2010, he served as department chair. His research interests include estimation for complex surveys, survey sampling, time series, and environmental monitoring. Dr. Breidt is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He has a Ph.D. in statistics from Colorado State University.

Dr. Dennis M. Donovan
University of Washington

Dennis M. Donovan is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute at the University of Washington. He previously was Assistant Director of the Addictions Treatment Center at the Seattle Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and Acting Director of the first Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Donovan’s research interests include cognitive-behavioral approaches to substance abuse and its treatment, relapse prevention, and treatment-seeking behavior among substance abusers. He has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Washington.

Dr. Susan V. Eisen
Boston University

Susan V. Eisen is a professor of health policy and management at Boston University School of Public Health. Until October 1, 2013, she was a research health scientist in the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts. She continues to do mental health services and outcomes research with veterans. She is the principal developer of the BASIS-32 and BASIS-24, nationally recognized mental health outcome measures requested by more than 1,500 facilities and providers in the US and abroad. Her research interests include developing and validating measures of mental health quality and outcomes of care and recovery-focused models of care. She has a Ph.D. in psychology from Brandeis University.

Dr. Constantine Gatsonis
Brown University

Constantine Gatsonis is Henry Ledyard Goddard university professor of biostatistics and chair of the Department of Biostatistics at Brown. He joined the faculty in 1995 and became the founding director of the Center for Statistical Sciences. He is a leading authority on the design and analysis of clinical trials of diagnostic and screening modalities and has extensive involvement in methodological research in medical technology assessment and in health services and outcomes research. He is group statistician for the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), an NCI-funded collaborative group conducting multi-center studies of diagnostic imaging and image-guided therapy for cancer. He is the founding editor-in-chief of Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology. Dr. Gatsonis was elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Association for Health Services Research. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Cornell University.

Dr. Robert Gresen
Medical College of Wisconsin

Robert C. Gresen is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Until October 1, 2013, he was a consultant for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Mental Health. He previously held a number of other appointments in the VA, including lead psychologist at the VA medical center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and chief of treatment services for the VA’s Mental Health Strategic Health Care Group. Dr. Gresen’s professional interests include psychosocial rehabilitation, recovery-oriented services, and program development. His awards include the Antonette Zeiss Distinguished Leadership Award from the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders (2011) and an award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to VA Psychology from the VA’s Division of Psychologists in Public Service (2008). He has a Ph.D. in psychology from Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Steven Heeringa
University of Michigan

Steven G. Heeringa is a research scientist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR). He is a member of the Faculty of the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methods and the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Heeringa is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He is the author of many publications on statistical design and sampling methods for research in the fields of public health and the social sciences. He is the lead author of Applied Survey Data Analysis (Chapman & Hall, 2010), a comprehensive new text on methods for the statistical analysis of complex sample survey data. Dr. Heeringa has over 35 years of experience in the design of samples for U.S. and international programs and has served as a sampling consultant for survey programs in over 30 countries worldwide. Since 1998, he has served as co-director of the WHO World Mental Health Initiative Data Collection Coordinating Center and has also served as a sampling and research design consultant to other WHO survey initiatives including the World Health Surveys, immunization surveys and worldwide studies of aging (SAGE). Dr. Heeringa is currently the University of Michigan principal investigator for the mutli-center Army STARRS study of suicide and adverse mental health outcomes in U.S. Army soliders.

Dr. Kenneth W. Kizer
University of California, Davis Health System

Kenneth W. Kizer, M.D., is a Distinguished Professor at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and Director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, UC Davis Health System. He also serves as the Director of the California Cancer Reporting and Epidemiologic Surveillance Program and as the Chief Quality Improvement Consultant for the California Department of Health Care Services. Dr. Kizer’s professional experience includes positions in academia and the public and private sectors. His previous positions have included: President, CEO and Chairman of Medsphere Systems Corporation; founding President and CEO, National Quality Forum; Under Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Director, California Department of Health Services; and Director, California Emergency Medical Services Authority. He has served on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and as Chairman of the Board of The California Wellness Foundation, as well as sitting on the governing boards of managed care and health IT companies, several foundations and various professional associations and non-profit organizations. Dr. Kizer is an honors graduate of Stanford University and UCLA, and the recipient of two honorary doctorates. He is board certified in six medical specialties and/or subspecialties, and has authored over 400 original articles, book chapters and other reports. He is a fellow or distinguished fellow of 10 professional societies and a member of the IOM and the National Academy of Public Administration. He has served on numerous IOM committees.

Dr. Richard A. Kulka
Richard A. Kulka Consulting

Richard A. Kulka is a consultant in statistical, survey, and social research. He previously served as Group Vice President for Survey Statistics, Methodology and Research at Abt Associates Inc., Executive Vice President of the Social and Statistical Sciences Group with RTI International, and as a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Demographic Studies at Duke University, where he was a co-principal investigator of the National Long Term Care Survey. He also served as Senior Vice President for Survey Research of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and as Chief Scientist in Survey Methodology at Research Triangle Institute. He has been involved with the design, conduct, and analysis of numerous surveys on health, mental health and other social policy issues, as well as applied research on survey research methods. Dr. Kulka served as project leader and co-principal investigator for the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS)—a national survey of the incidence and prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder and other readjustment problems among Vietnam veterans and their peers; and as Corporate Officer-in-Charge and Senior Quality Advisor for the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS), a longitudinal follow-up study in 2010—2013 of the Vietnam veteran cohort interviewed in the NVVRS. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and also served as President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals. Dr. Kulka has a Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Susan M. Paddock
The RAND Corporation

Susan M. Paddock is a senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. Her work includes developing innovative statistical methods, with a focus on Bayesian methods, hierarchical modeling, longitudinal data analysis, and missing data techniques. Dr. Paddock’s research expertise include health services research, substance abuse treatment, drug policy, mental health, quality of health care, and health care provider performance assessment. She was the project statistician for the external program evaluation of the quality of care provided by the Veterans Health Administration to patients with mental health conditions. She has a Ph.D. in statistics from Duke University.

Dr. Deborah K. Padgett
New York University

Deborah K. Padgett is a professor of social work and global public health in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. She is nationally known for her expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in research. Other research interests include mental health, cross-cultural research on service use and barriers to care, community-based models of care, and homeless adults with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. Dr. Padgett has an M.P.H. from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Dr. Bethany J. Phoenix
University of California, San Francisco

Bethany J. Phoenix is a clinical professor and vice-chair in the Department of Community Health Systems in the School of Nursing at the University of California, San Francisco. She also is coordinator of the psychiatric-mental health nursing specialty at UCSF. Her research interests include treating mental illnesses such as substance abuse and other addictions, psychologic trauma, and recovery. Dr. Phoenix is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She has a RN from Massachusetts General Hospital and a M.S. and Ph.D. in nursing from UCSF.

Mr. Robert L. Santos
The Urban Institute

Robert L. Santos is the Senior Institute Methodologist in the Statistical Methods Group at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Prior to this position, he was Executive Vice President and Partner of NuStats Partners, a social science research firm based in Austin, Texas. He also worked at NORC at the University of Chicago and the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan. His expertise is in sampling, survey design, and survey methods and operations. Mr. Santos is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and a recipient of its 2006 Founder’s Award for excellence in survey statistics and contributions to the statistical community. He has a M.A. degree in statistics from the University of Michigan.

Dr. Jeannette E. South-Paul
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Jeannette E. South-Paul is Andrew W. Mathieson UPMC Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. She incorporates mental health services in her primary care practice. Previously, she was a family physician in the US Army and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Services. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. South-Paul is a member of the Institute of Medicine. She has a M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Thanh Tran
Boston College

Thanh Tran is a professor of social work at Boston College. From 2006-2011, he also was Research Chair in the Graduate School of Social Work at Boston College. Dr. Tran’s research interests include evidence-based mental health services research, evaluation of health services, and cross-cultural research methodology. He has a M.S.S.W. and a Ph.D. in social work from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Dr. Peter Yellowlees
University of California, Davis

Peter Yellowlees is professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, where he is also director of the graduate program in health informatics. His research interests include PTSD and other disaster-related traumas, and re-designing of healthcare delivery using innovative health IT technology systems such as telemedicine, online distance education, and e-Health disease management systems. Dr. Yellowlees is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He has a MBBS (M.D. equivalent) from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in the United Kingdom and a M.D. (Ph.D. equivalent) from Flinders University in Australia.

Committee Membership Roster Comments
Note (2-10-15): There has been a change in the committee composition as of February 10, 2015. Dr. Thomas Horvath is no longer serving on the committee.
Note (2-24-15): There has been a change in the committee composition with the appointment of Dr. Kenneth Kizer.
Note (8-23-16): There has been a change in the committee composition with the resignation of Dr. John Klocek effective August 19, 2016.