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Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS – Career Development Awardee

Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, MS
VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
Ann Arbor, MI 


Rachel L. Bachrach, PhD, is a Research Health Scientist with the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Bachrach earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University at Buffalo and completed clinical internship at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Psychiatry. After internship, she completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Pittsburgh and at CHERP in the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Addiction Treatment program. Broadly, Dr. Bachrach is interested in studying how implementation science can improve the uptake and use of evidence-based substance use disorder care in VA. Her current research is focused on identifying disparities in substance use disorder care and improving the quality of and access to these services for Veterans engaged in unhealthy drinking and other substance use. Her HSR&D Career Development Award proposes to pilot test an evidence-based implementation strategy - practice facilitation - at a VAPHS primary care (PC) clinic to understand whether practice facilitation can improve access to and the quality of PC-based alcohol-related care. Dr. Bachrach received a Rising Star designation from the Association for Psychological Science for her work in 2023 and was invited to become a Fellow with the Implementation Research Institute (2023-2025 cohort). She also provides clinical care as a psychologist in the VAPHS Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Clinic.

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