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December 17, 2008

HSR&D's Humphreys to Receive 2009 APA Award

HSR&D Research Career Scientist Keith Humphreys, PhD, investigator at the HSR&D Center for Health Care Evaluation in Palo Alto, will receive the 2009 American Psychological Association award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest.

Humphreys will receive the award for his work in building mental health service systems for VA and Iraq. In 2004, Humphreys was helping develop VA's national Strategic Plan for Mental Health when he was asked to volunteer on a task force set up by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to rebuild the Iraqi Ministry of Health's mental health care system.

Humphreys has also helped guide a major increase in VA's national network of mental health services, strengthening the agency's position as one of the world's largest and most recognized authorities on mental health services. Since his initial work with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, he has also conducted mental health trainings and policy consultations with Iraqi medical professionals in Turkey, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq, where he expects to return this spring.

Dr. Humphreys will receive the APA award in August, 2009, at the APA's annual convention in Toronto, Ontario.

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