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Alan R. Teo, MD, MS – Career Development Awardee

Alan R. Teo, MD, MS Alan R. Teo, MD, MS
VA Portland Health Care System, Portland, OR
Portland, OR 


Alan R. Teo, MD, MS, is a Core Investigator in the VA HSR&D Center to Improve Veteran Involvement in Care at the VA Portland Health Care System and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). He is a graduate of Stanford University, received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of California San Francisco, and completed a master's degree in health services research at the University of Michigan, where he was also a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar. Dr. Teo's primary research focus is the role of social relationships, social support, and social isolation in influencing mental health outcomes, including depression and suicide. He is an international expert in a severe form of social withdrawal called hikikomori, maintains an interest in cultural psychiatry, and is fluent in Japanese. He has published over 55 peer-reviewed journal articles. Dr. Teo is a Fellow of the American Psychiatry Association, sits on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatry, and is the Director of the Department of Psychiatry Residency Research Track at OHSU. His HSR&D Career Development Award aims to optimize engagement of Veterans' close social relationships in the treatment of their major depression. His HSR&D IIR aims to use components from the Theory of Planned Behavior and Behavioral Economics to conduct an intervention changing appointment reminder letters in order to reduce no-show rates and improve advance cancellation rates.

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