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Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS – Career Development Awardee

Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
Pittsburgh, PA 


Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, is a Research Health Scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and Adjunct Instructor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bachrach earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo and completed clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Psychiatry. After internship, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh in the Interdisciplinary Alcohol Research Training Program and at CHERP in the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment program. Broadly, Dr. Bachrach is interested in studying how implementation science can improve the uptake and use of evidence-based substance use disorder care in VA. Her current research is focused on identifying disparities in alcohol-related care within the VA primary care setting and improving the quality of and access to these services for Veterans engaged in unhealthy drinking. Her VA HSR&D Career Development Award proposes to pilot test an evidence-based implementation strategy - practice facilitation - at a VAPHS primary care (PC) clinic to understand whether practice facilitation can improve access to and the quality of PC-based alcohol-related care. She will also conduct qualitative interviews with Veteran and PC stakeholders prior to the pilot test in order to identify barriers and facilitators that may impact successful implementation of the practice facilitation. Interviews will be guided by the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research and implementation outcomes will be assessed using the RE-AIM (reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance) framework. Dr. Bachrach also provides clinical care in the VAPHS Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Clinic.

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