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HSR&D Names New Deputy Director

February 7, 2012

Sara J. Knight, Ph.D. has been named Deputy Director of VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D) effective March 11, 2012. Prior to this, Dr. Knight served as Acting Director of HSR&D's Program to Improve Care for Veterans with Complex Comorbid Conditions, located in San Francisco, CA. This Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) was created to support scientific investigation that contributes toward improved quality of healthcare for Veterans with complex comorbid conditions.

Dr. Knight received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University. She completed a VHA HSR&D Career Development Award in 2005. Her research interests include decision making in cancer care, palliative medicine, genomics and personalized medicine, and she has received research funding from the VA, Department of Defense, and National Cancer Institute. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has been selected Outstanding Reviewer for Medical Care, Quality of Life Research, and Medical Decision Making, for which she currently serves as a member of their editorial board. Dr. Knight serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. She has previously served as Acting Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago; Chair of Health Psychology Specialization in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University; Research Scientist, VA Chicago Healthcare System; and Associate Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. In addition, she has supervised or mentored twenty post-doctoral fellows and faculty.

Dr. Knight adds significant strength to HSR&D's program. She has extensive knowledge of the VA's health care system, is an accomplished independent investigator, has been a leader in HSR&D's Career Development Award program, and brings a "field investigator viewpoint" to VACO.

HSR&D is delighted to welcome Dr. Knight to HSR&D in Central Office and we look forward to her participation and contributions to the HSR&D management team and to the goals of improving the health and healthcare of Veterans.