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Frances M. Weaver, PhD, MA, BA – Research Career Scientist

Frances M. Weaver, PhD, MA, BA Frances M. Weaver, PhD, MA, BA
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Hines, IL 


Dr. Frances Weaver is a Research Health Scientist with the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH), Hines Veterans Affairs (VA) Hospital; and Professor, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Loyola University. She has been an HSR&D Career Scientist Awardee since 2004. She has a BA in Psychology from the State University of New York, Plattsburgh; and an MA and PhD (1987) in Applied Social Psychology from Loyola University, Chicago. Dr. Weaver has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on many merit review projects funded through both federal and other funding sources and has over 210 peer-reviewed publications. Her research interests include managing secondary conditions related to neurologic diseases, health care outcomes/patient centered care, and implementation and evaluation research. She is co-principal investigator for one of the QUERI supported Evidence Based Practice Centers - the Evaluation to Practice Evaluation Center for Veterans (EPEC-Vet). She is leading an evaluation of the impact of military toxins legislation on Veterans' use of VA healthcare services. Dr. Weaver is also the site PI of a CSR&D grant examining exposure to toxins in the water at Camp Lejeune and development of Parkinson's disease and is completing a project to understand how VA providers navigate the federal vs. state laws regarding cannabis use by their patients. Dr. Weaver serves on the editorial board for the journal Evaluation and the Health Professions and Journal of Spinal Cord Injuries and Disorders, and serves as a reviewer for several other journals in the fields of health services research, spinal cord injury, and neurology. For the past 4 years she has served as the chair of the HSRD Scientific Merit Review Board panel on healthcare informatics. She provides mentorship to graduate students, fellows, junior investigators, and VA career development awardees. In her university role, she is working with the Dean to develop an implementation science program that is flexible in offering training through seminars, micro-credentialing, and concentrations in other programs (e.g., public health, health care administration).

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