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HSR&D Welcomes New Staff Members

August 2, 2016

Naomi Tomoyasu, PhDNaomi Tomoyasu, PhD, is HSR&D's new Deputy Director. Prior to coming to HSR&D, she was the Deputy Director of the Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group at the Innovation Center at CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), where she developed and implemented new service delivery and payment models for Medicare patients. She also has served in various management roles at other HHS (Health and Human Services) agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Naomi also was in state government at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the AIDS Administration, where she managed clinical and prevention programs, as well as the AIDS Drug Assistance and Insurance Assistance programs. Very early in her career, she conducted basic research on the neuroendocrine mechanisms of food intake and body weight regulation. Later, she began implementing more applied research in behavioral medicine and health psychology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at UC Berkeley and her PhD in psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Cathie Plouzek, PhD, PMP Cathie Plouzek, PhD, PMP, is a Health Science Officer and Scientific Program Manager. Dr. Plouzek received her Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Illinois and doctoral degree from Iowa State University. Dr. Plouzek conducted research at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child and Human Health on human pregnancy proteins, and then moved to the National Cancer Institute to conduct research on cancer multidrug resistance therapeutics. Before joining VA, she served as Chief Scientist/Program Manager at the American Institute of Biological Sciences, managing scientific peer-review.

Dr. Plouzek will oversee the Systems Modeling, Design, and Delivery research portfolio.

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