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David Smelson, Psy.D.
David Smelson, Psy.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Bedford VA Medical Center, Bedford, MA

Research Interests: Access, Career Development, Implementation Science, Mental Health, Schizophrenia, Substance Use

David Smelson, PsyD, is core faculty member on the Bedford VA HSR&D Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR) and Site Director of the National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans. He is also professor and vice-chair for Clinical Research in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Smelson has extensive research experience in addictions and co-occurring disorders. This includes development of a co-occurring mental health and substance abuse treatment approach designed exclusively for Homeless Veterans and later adapted for criminal justice populations. He has received funding from the VA HSR&D program through Merit Review, SDP and RRP mechanisms, the National Institute of Health-National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Health-National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration-Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration-Center for Mental Health Services.


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