Megan Shepherd-Banigan, PhD, MPH
Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC
Megan Shepherd-Banigan is a health services researcher at the Durham VA Health Care System and an Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences at the Duke School of Medicine. In her research, she applies rigorous methodological designs to evaluate the effectiveness of family-centered programs and policies implemented within health systems on health and social outcomes. Specifically, her interests focus on improving health services for populations with mental illness across the life span. As a VA HSR&D OAA post-doctoral fellow, she helped to evaluate the national VA Caregiver Support Program. She has also been involved in evaluating the implementation of the Caregivers First intervention throughout VA. Through funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Dr. Shepherd-Banigan examined how institutional support for family caregivers increased use of VBA and VHA vocational rehabilitation and education assistance programs. Her HSR&D-funded Career Development Award aims to develop a family-involved treatment preparedness intervention to improve uptake of evidence-based psychotherapy for Veterans with PTSD.
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