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Our Center

We are one of 19 VA Health Services Research & Development Centers of Innovation (COINs) as of October 1, 2013.

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Donna Washington, MD, MPH

Herbert W. Nickens Awardee

We are thrilled to announce that Donna Washington, MD, MPH was selected to receive the 2015 Herbert W. Nickens Award.

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Fellowship Programs

Fellowship Opportunities

We have been an approved VA post-doctoral training site since 1994 and we've offered Associated Health fellowship training since 2002.

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Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy (CSHIIP)

Research Projects

CSHIIP Investigators focus on implementation, observational and intervention research on provider behavior, quality improvement, collaborative care models and assessments of organizational factors related to quality. Research projects conducted address a core set of strategic program areas  including, but not limited to, vulnerable populations, primary care, women's health, integrative medicine, genetics, mental health and emergency management. For more information, see our Research Areas.

Women's Health

Mental Health


Access to Care for Women Veterans Women's Health

VA health services researcher Alison Hamilton, PhD, talks about her work to understand factors that may enhance the number of, and quality of care for, women veterans seeking VA care

HSR&D Video: Access to Care for Women Veterans by Alison Hamilton, PhD

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Read more about Women's Health Research in VA 

Mental Health in VAMental Health

VA investigators, many of whom also provide patient care, are pioneering advances in the understanding and treatment of mental health disorders. Researchers are looking at various potential approaches for treating and preventing mental health disorders and also at related issues such as developing and evaluating collaborative primary care models and improving access to services from remote areas using the Internet and other progressive technologies.

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Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care 

by Lisa Rubenstein, MD, MSHS  Watch the Video >> 

Improving Schizophrenia Treatment 

by Alexander Young, MD, MSHS  Watch the Video >>

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Genetic Research at VAGenomics

With the recent completion of the Human Genome Project and other gene-mapping efforts, researchers have a detailed map of humans' genetic structure. Research is now focused on translating this knowledge into improved medical care customized to an individual patient's health care needs.

HSR&D Video: Genetic Research at VA by Maren Scheuner, MD, MPH, FACMG

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Local Features


VA Women's Health Services Research Conference 2014 


Source: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

With VA HSR&D Service funding and support, the Center had the opportunity to organize and convene a national VA Women’s Health Services Research Conference on Enhancing Partnerships to Improve Research and Care for Women Veterans.  Nearly 200 individuals attended the Conference held in Arlington, VA, on July 31-August 1, 2014, including VA researchers, leaders from a wide array of VHA program and policy offices, as well as representatives from the Center for Women Veterans, the Departments of Defense, Labor, and Health & Human Services, and the Institute of Medicine, among others.  The Center’s Conference role was organized through the VA Women’s Health Research Network (SDR #10-012, PIs Elizabeth Yano, PhD, MSPH, Susan Frayne, MD, MPH, and Alison Hamilton, PhD). 


In addition to research collaborations, we conduct multi-site and multi-VISN intervention and implementation trials with clinical trials with clinical leads across the country. Our principal partners are the Office of Primary Care, Office of Women's Health Services and Office of Informatics and Analytics. These research-clinical partnerships each reflect over a decade of prior collaborative work. We also partner with resource centers and national program offices with clinical, practice and research focuses. For more information about our partnerships, please see our Partner & Resource Centers.

National and Regional Leadership Roles

Our investigators contribute to policy and practice through numerous leadership roles. They make particularly strong contributions to VA Central Office, major health care quality agencies and organizations and professional societies. For more information about leadership roles, see About Us.



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Last updated: 12-30-2016

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