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Samantha L Connolly, BA, PhD – Career Development Awardee

Samantha L Connolly, BA, PhD Samantha L Connolly, BA, PhD
VA Boston Healthcare System Jamaica Plain Campus, Jamaica Plain, MA
Boston, MA 


Samantha Connolly, PhD, is an Investigator at the VA Boston Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), an Assistant Professor within the Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry, and a practicing clinical psychologist. Dr. Connolly received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from Harvard University and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Temple University. She completed her clinical internship at the VA Boston Healthcare System and her postdoctoral fellowship at VA Boston CHOIR. Her research focuses on the implementation of video and phone telehealth, including the relative quality of virtual care and patient and provider attitudes towards use. Dr. Connolly's work has been supported by a VA VISN 1 Career Development Award (2019-2021) and a current HSR&D Career Development Award (2022-2027). Her HSR&D CDA examines how the quality of video, phone, and in-person mental health care compares in domains including clinical effectiveness, safety, efficiency, and patient-centeredness. These findings will be used to improve mental health care modality decision-making at the patient, provider, and/or system levels, with a focus on increasing video use in circumstances where it is clinically effective and preferred by patients. In addition to this work, Dr. Connolly is a co-investigator within the VA HSR&D Virtual Care Consortium of Research (CORE) and the Behavioral Health QUERI, and is a national Implementation Research Institute fellow (NIMH R25 institute; 2022-2024 fellowship class).

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