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UMass-VA Collaborative Research

Collaborative Achievement:


Since the signing of a formal academic agreement between the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Administration Medical Center (ENRM VAMC) in 2007 and with the Northampton VA in 2008, the UMass Chan Medical School and the Veterans Integrated Service Network of New England (VISN-1) have developed an important and successful partnership. Offering principal- or co-investigational support to over $2.5 million in VA-funded research alone, the University’s partnership with VA has helped the ENRM VAMC research staff execute over twenty-five research studies and projects since 2007. This includes expanded opportunities within both research and training that have now broadened beyond Psychiatry to include Emergency Medicine and Quantitative Health Sciences. These successes also include co-sponsorship of a delegation from the Russian Federation to the U.S. to study trauma and its after-effects, as well as a new joint VA/UMass Center for Homelessness among Veterans.


The Department of Psychiatry at UMass Chan Medical School/UMass Memorial Health Care works with the VA closely in a number of research areas. Its effective collaborations with the Edith Nourse Rogers Veterans Administration Medical Center (ENRM VAMC) are particularly evident in research, where the UMass-VA team’s shared commitment to addressing the unique needs of veterans results in advancements in both clinical practice and scholarship. Accomplishments since 2007 include two new career awardees, four new post-docs, the recruitment of talented new faculty, and UMass involvement in over $17 million worth of research. Such collaborations have

  • strengthened the research program at both institutions,
  • contributed to the literature on co-occurring disorders, and
  • helped educate and inform peers and colleagues.

Under the leadership of Dr. David Smelson, director of the newly-created Division of Translational Mental Health, research cooperation has been developed in eight areas:

  1. National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans;
  2. Tobacco Dependence Treatment and Organizational Change;
  3. Supported Education and Supported Employment;
  4. Cognitive Neuroscience;
  5. Use of Technology to Promote Treatment Adherence;
  6. Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery;
  7. Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Co-Occurring Addictions; and
  8. Mentorship and Career Development (for junior scholar-providers).

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