Program Highlights

Fellow Awards

  • CHERP Pilot Award

    Lauren Sealy Krishnamurti, PhD, a fellow at Pittsburgh, received the CHERP Pilot Award from the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion. Congratulations, Dr. Krishnamurti!

  • Bell-Kerns Psychology Research Award Grant

    Aliya Webermann, PhD, a fellow at West Haven, received the VA Connecticut Healthcare System Psychology Service, Bell-Kerns Psychology Research Award Grant to provide funding to support pilot work of innovative research initiatives aligned with VA …

  • 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award

    Jennifer Orshak, PhD, a Madison alumna, received the 2022 Outstanding Dissertation Award for the 2022 Midwest Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference. Congratulations, Dr. Orshak!

  • Top Oral Abstract, Women’s Health Award

    Deirdre Quinn, PhD, a fellow at Pittsburgh, had a presentation nominated for Top Oral Abstract, Women’s Health Award. Congratulations, Dr. Quinn! Quinn, D.A., Sileanu, F.E., Mor, M.K., Callegari, L.S., & Borrero, S. (April 2021). Prevalence …

  • 2020 Young Investigator Award

    Karin Wu, MD a fellow at San Francisco, was awarded the 2020 Young Investigator Award by the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). Congratulations, Dr. Wu!

  • Best Poster Award

    Congratulations to Deirdre Quinn, PhD, MS, MLitt for receiving the Best Post Award from Health Services Research & Development, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System Research Week 2020 Young Investigator Contest!  

  • Outstanding Paper Award, Second Place

    We are proud to recognize Deirdre Quinn, PhD, MS, MLitt for this award from the National Council on Family Relations Annual Meeting 2020, Families & Health Section. Congratulations!

  • Rehabilitation Research & Development Career Development Award

    Dr. Chandra Khalifian, a fellow at San Diego, was awarded an RR&D CDA: “Development of a Novel Couples-Based Suicide Intervention: Treatment for Relationships and Safety Together (TR&ST)”. This is a wonderful accomplishment. Congratulations, Dr. Khalifian!

Fellow Presentations & Publications

  • Aliya Webermann, PhD – West Haven Fellow

    2021 Publications Webermann, A. R., Gerber, M., Portnoy, G., et al. (in press) Effects of intimate partner violence during COVID-19 and pandemic-related stress on the mental and physical health of women veterans. Journal of General …

  • Elizabeth Alpert, PhD – Boston Fellow

    2021 Presentation Alpert, E., et al. (2021, November 2–5). Examining cognitions and emotions during recounting and processing of the trauma memory as predictors of symptom change in prolonged exposure. In J. K. Carpenter (Boston Fellow)(Chair), …

  • Kayla Knopp, PhD – San Diego Fellow

    2021 Publications Knopp, K., Khalifian, C., et al. (2021). Digital interventions for couples: State of the field and future directions. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice. Knopp, K., et al. (in press). Moderated mediation …

  • Kelsey Serier, PhD – Boston Fellow

    2021 Publications Serier, K. N., et al. (2021). Factor analytic support for the EDE-Q7 among American Indian/Alaska Native undergraduate women. Eating and Weight Disorders-Studies on Anorexia, Bulimia and Obesity, 1-8. Advance online publication. Serier, K. …

  • Lauren Sealy Krishnamurti, PhD – Pittsburgh Fellow

    2021 Publications Krishnamurti, L. S., et al. (2021). Gender differences in veterans’ use of the Veterans Crisis Line (VCL): Findings from VCL call data. General hospital psychiatry, 74, 65–70. Advance online publication. Krishnamurti, L. S. …

  • Karin Wu, MD – San Francisco Fellow

    2021 Presentation Wu, K.C., et al. Prebiotic to Improve Calcium Absorption in Postmenopausal Women After Gastric Bypass: A Randomized Controlled Trial. [Abstract presented in: The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Conference; 2021 …

  • Rachel Zelkowitz, PhD – Boston Fellow

    2021 Publication Zelkowitz, R.L., Zerubavel, N., Zucker, N.L., & Copeland, W.E. (2021). Longitudinal associations of trauma exposure with disordered eating: Lessons from the Great Smoky Mountains Study. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. …

  • Deirdre Quinn, PhD, MS, MLitt – Pittsburgh Fellow

    2021 Publications Quinn, D.A., Edmonds, S.W., Zhao, X., Borrero, S., Ryan, G.L., Zephyrin, L.C., & Callegari, L.S. (2021). (Epub ahead of print). Veteran-reported receipt of prepregnancy care: Data from the Examining Contraceptive Use and Unmet …

Alumni Presentations & Publications

  • Chandra Khalifian, PhD – San Diego Alumna

    2021 Collaborative Publications Khalifian, C. E., Chalker, S., Leifker, F., Rashkovsky, K., Knopp, K., Morland, L., Glynn, S., & Depp, C. (2021). Veteran and partner interest in addressing suicidality from a couple-based treatment approach. Couple …

  • Jennalee Wooldridge, PhD – San Diego Alumna

    2021 Publications Wooldridge, J. S., Soriano, E. E., Harris, D. E., Afari, N. (2021). Feasibility and acceptability of ecological momentary assessment of psychosocial factors and self-management behaviors among Veterans with type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Spectrum. …

  • Jennifer Orshak, PhD – Madison Alumna

    2022 Presentations Orshak, J., et al. (2022, April). Young adult women veterans’ reasons for care-seeking for cardiovascular disease prevention. UW Health Virtual Nursing Poster Fair, Madison, WI. Orshak, J., et al. (2022, March). Women veterans’ …

  • Lane Ritchie, PhD, MA – Los Angeles Alumna

    2020 Presentation Ritchie, L. L., O’Reilly-Treter, M., Stanley, S. M., & Rhoades, G. K. (November, 2020). Impacts of a relationship and co-parenting intervention for disadvantaged, expectant couples. In: M. O’Reilly-Treter (chair), Better Access and Better Outcomes: Relationship Education Programs …

  • Mercedes Szpunar, PhD, MD – San Diego Alumna

    2020 Presentation Szpunar, M.J., Malaktaris, A., Baca, S., Hauger, R., Lang, A.J. (2020). Alterations in estradiol and inflammatory cytokines from pregnancy to postpartum in women veterans with depression: A pilot investigation. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 59th Annual (virtual) Meeting.

  • Youhung Her-Xiong, PhD, APSW – Madison Alumna

    2021 Presentation Presented at the Gerontological Society of America‘s meeting in November 2021: “Hmong Older Adults’ End-of-life Care Preferences: Physical, Psychosocial, Cultural, Religious, and Spiritual”. 2021 Publication Shin, J. H., Her-Xiong, Y., Tredinnick, R., & …