The HSR&D Scientific Merit Review Board is made up of several panels organized by HSR&D review areas. Please note that review panel membership and assignments may change for each review and will be updated after the most recent review is completed.
|Care of Gulf War Veterans
||Health Services Research on Gulf War-related illnesses.
||Research that focuses on health care delivery in clinical and community settings, including nursing and medical care; medical/surgical intervention and management; diagnosis; prognosis; pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutics; utilization and patterns of care; outcomes research.
|HSR 1 – Health Care and Clinical Management
||Cathie Plouzek, PhD
||Health Services Research on personal, patient-health professional interaction, and special population determinants of health and care. Focuses on: health behaviors and health behavior change along the spectrum of health care from health promotion and prevention, to screening and early detection and treatment; special population determinants, including disparities in care and health equity, related to gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and other sociodemographic factors such as rural; and personal, social and cultural factors that influence patient preferences, perceptions, behaviors (including risk and symptom management, engagement, and other self-management), decision making, communication and health care. Interventions will address individual health behavior change including modifying health risk factors such as physical activity, adherence and other aspects of health care management, health decision making, health care communication, and patient-centered care.
|HSR 2 – Behavioral, Social and Cultural Determinants of Health and Care
||Linda Lipson, MA
||Patient preferences, perceptions, and behaviors (including engagement and self management); personal, sociodemographic, and cultural factors affecting health and care (patient/population/provider/community); patient decision-making; focused patient-centered health care improvements and innovations; patient-provider interactions and communication; populations with disparities in health (women, rural, minorities).
|HSR 3 – Healthcare Informatics
||Miho Tanaka, PhD, MPH
||Research in informatics and technology, including design for cognitive and decision support and data/knowledge representation; basic research to develop research methods and models; research to develop surveillance methods including public health, operations, and adverse events.
|HSR 4 – Mental and Behavioral Health
||Robert William O'Brien, PhD, MA
||Research on assessment, treatment, and prevention for mental health conditions (such as depression, serious mental illness, and PTSD) and behavioral health conditions (such as substance use disorder and addictive disorders); suicide and suicide ideation; mental health - primary care integration (MH-PCI).
|HSR 5 – Health Care System Organization and Delivery
||Cathie Plouzek, PhD
||Main focus on organizational models affecting delivery of care across systems (different care settings or healthcare systems), quality improvement. value of care, preferences and utilities used in the measurement of the value of care, system efficiency and redesign, cost efficiencies, and, process models and models of care.
|HSR 6 – Post-acute and Long-term Care
||George Fitzelle, PhD
||Research with main focus on rehabilitation, functional outcomes, and community-based care; also certain research focused on caregiving, long-term care, and end-of-life care.
|HSR 8 - Randomized Program Evaluation
||Melissa M. Braganza, MBBS
|NRI - Nursing Research Initiative
||NRI (ORD-wide, managed by HSR&D) solicits proposals from VA nurse investigators who are in the early stages of their research careers for a mentored research project, leading to independence in the PI role. Within an interdisciplinary context, VA nursing research focuses on identifying, testing and/or implementing nursing interventions that enhance health and prevent disease in Veterans across the care continuum. Across VHA, these nursing interventions are patient-centered, culturally congruent, cost-effective and outcome-driven. Proposals submitted under this initiative should be designed to maximize the eventual application of findings and conclusions to the care of Veterans.