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Associate Investigator Program

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The Virtual Care (VC) Consortium of Research (CORE) Associate Investigator program is available to early-career investigators who are committed to pursuing VC research in VA and wish to contribute to the development of related supportive resources and infrastructure. This program is funded entirely through HSR&D research dollars.

Eligibility – Funds are available for doctoral-level junior investigators who are interested in pursuing research focused on VC. Investigators who are preparing to submit/resubmit their first CDA, IIR, QUERI, or other major VA research proposal as a Principal Investigator (PI) in the next year will be prioritized. If you are or have been PI on a major grant (e.g., VA: CDA, IIR, or other equivalent HSR&D and/or QUERI grant; NIH K, R01 or equivalent), you are not eligible for the Associate Investigator program. You are also not eligible if you have previously been selected as a VC CORE associate investigator.

We are incredibly proud of the program alumni from our first two cycles, and look forward to continuing to support VA’s early career investigators through this program and other efforts. Our past Associate Investigator Award recipients have included:

Associate Investigator

Research Interests

Christopher Fowler, PhD

Christopher Fowler, PhD

Virtual Reality as a complimentary and integrative health approach for pain management

Jacqueline Ferguson, PhD, MHS

Jacqueline Ferguson, PhD, MHS

Describing variation in the ratio of virtual care to in-person care and its impact on Veteran's health outcomes

Noah Wolkowicz, PhD

Noah Wolkowicz, PhD

The impact of smartphone tools to improve retention for Veterans initiating Medication treatment for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)

Connor Drake

Connor Drake

The implementation of telehealth interventions in routine care for Veterans with Diabetes

Boback Ziaeian, MD, PhD

Boback Ziaeian, MD, PhD

Clinical informatics tools to identify heart failure phenotypes for monitoring processes of care and outcomes

Matthew Griffith, MD, MP

Matthew Griffith, MD, MPH

Developing virtual care model to diagnose and monitor Veterans in nursing homes

Jamie M. Hughes, PhD, MPH, MSW

Jamie M. Hughes, PhD, MPH, MSW

To develop and evaluate tools to improve sleep and daytime activity for older Veterans

Amy M.J. O'Shea, PhD

Amy M.J. O’Shea, PhD

Evaluating the associations between broadband access and other social determinants of health and video telemedicine use

Joseph Wielgosz, PhD

Joseph Wielgosz, PhD

Interventions to promote treatment-engagement with mobile mental health platforms

Charlie Wray, DO, MS, FHM

Charlie Wray, DO, MS, FHM

Evaluating the access of virtual care services among socially and medically vulnerable populations


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