Generating Evidence that Matters to South Texas VA Mental Outpatient Clinics

VAPCR StaffThe VA Mental Health Practice Based Research Network is a network of clinicians dedicated to improve patient care in mental health care settings through multidisciplinary practice based research. Network goals include translating clinical research into the VA mental health care setting and assisting VA sites in carrying out clinical studies to implement evidence based practices.

"Our mission is to improve patient care and advance clinical knowledge through practice-based research."

Member Spotlight

Dr. Hector Garcia
”In my research, I try to address questions that ultimately lead to improved care. From my perspective, clinical research is not only intellectually stimulating and fun, but a duty owed to our patients. The PBRN provides a valuable forum for this work, which is why I enjoy contributing through the network. As a side benefit, I find that participation enhances my critical thinking skills as a clinician.“

Upcoming Events

At the of June 2012, Dr. Don McGeary, the Director of Clinical Psychology Internship and Assistant professor of research with the Department of Psychiatry UTHSCSA,  submitted a grant titled A Technology Adaptation for Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) Homework:  Improving Treatment Effectiveness Through Increased Homework Adherence.  that will involve members of the network and PCT team at the Frank Tejeda Outpatient Clinic who engage in Cognitive Processing Therapy with their patients.  The study will explore the use of ipads as a useful tool in CPT homework assignments in comparison to written and computer based assignments.   Many thanks to Dr. McGeary and  Cindy McGeary  for all of their efforts on behalf of our network, they put many hours of work into this proposal!  Thanks also to the research committee, Drs. Matthew Jeffreys,  Albana Dassori, Erin Finely, Hector Garcia, Elizabeth Gould and Emma Mata-Galan.  The research committee met with Dr. McGeary several times during the development of the proposal to offer their suggestions and expertise.     We’ll keep everyone apprised of the grant’s progress and status.

Please mark your calendars for the 4th Annual Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Resource Center Convocation on October 13th, 2012.  It will be held at the Horizon Hill Conference Center again on 4431 Horizon Hill Blvd, SAT, 78229.  We hope to see you all there!

 As many of you now know,  Holly Hayes  accepted the new position as Director of Research Operations with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics several months ago.  She is still part of our structural grant (CTSA) leadership but will no longer work directly with the VA Mental Health PBRN.    She very much enjoyed her time working with the network and wishes everyone the best.   Veronica Villela Perez is our new PBRN project Coordinator and Dr. Sandra Burge, the interim Director of Medical Student Research Programs at the School of Medicine UTHSCSA,  is the new Director of the PBRN Resource Center. Veronica and Sandy are excited to become part of this network and look forward to working on future projects.