Dean Blevins

Title
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Email
Department
Department of Graduate Studies
College
College of Aviation

Office Hours

Upon appointment

Areas of Expertise

Human Factors Theory and Application

Psychological Practice, Healthcare, & Non-Profit Leadership

Death & Dying

Gerontology

Research Methods & Analyses

Educational Assessment, Transfusion, and Implementation


Dr. Blevins has a diverse background in research, practice, policy making, and education. He has obtained 2 bachelors degrees, 2 masters degrees and a doctorate in psychology. He has been conducting qualitative and quantitative research and teaching at the college level for over 20 years.

Dr. Blevins has worked with the Department of Veterans Affairs in various roles for over 15 years and maintained faculty positions at numerous universities and medical schools as an instructor and researcher. He has maintained an involvement in politics as a Congressional lobbyist focusing on improving several health care related issues such as HIV/AIDS services, end-of-life care, and nursing home and hospice care. Working at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the Department of Veterans Affairs for a decade, he conducted research and practice focused on an array of projects, including: end-of-life care in nursing homes, Veteran reintegration post-deployment (especially in rural environments), the mental health consequences of natural disasters (e.g., Hurricanes Katrina and Rita), and the training and implementation of evidence based mental health services in the community. He served as the Director of Evaluation for the South Central region of the US for the Department of Veterans Affairs before leaving to continue serve as a behavioral scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In the CDC position, he sat on team that oversaw the capacity building of the public health workforce across the US, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands in the nation’s 65 health departments and more than 3,500 community based organizations working in HIV prevention. This work includes the diffusion of evidence-based primary and secondary prevention interventions through education and training, process and outcomes evaluations of local, state, and national prevention programs, and oversight of the implementation of HIV prevention efforts across these actors, most of whom were federal grantees.

More recently, he has returned to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and currently serves on a team that oversees the evaluation of the quality and organizational impact of VA trainings for DVA administrators and staff nationally.

He has held or currently holds faculty appointments for numerous universities including the University of Akron, Cleveland State University, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Louisiana, Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, Capella University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and the University of Missouri. He has been the Principle Investigator or collaborating investigator on over $100 million in research grants and has mentored over 50 masters and doctoral students through their theses and dissertations at six universities in the fields of psychology, business, education, nursing, public health, criminal justice, and public policy.

He currently lives in Atlanta, GA.


  • Ph.D. - Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology: Applied Cognitive Aging Psychology, University of Akron Main Campus
  • M.A. - Master of Arts in Psychology, University of Akron Main Campus
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Akron Main Campus
  • B.A. - Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Akron Main Campus

MSHF 652

MSHF 691

MSHF 606

MSHF 700A

MSHF 700B


ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS / TEACHING EXPERIENCE


1/2018 – Current. Measurement Specialist, Department of Veterans Affairs; Employee Education Service (EES); Support Division; Measurement and Evaluation Unit (MEU)

Responsibilities: Serve as a national consultant and lead evaluator on the development and evaluation of local and national trainings for VA personnel; identify, develop, and conduct organizational survey research projects examining the implementation of organizational policies and procedures at all levels of the VA; serve as national consultant on the evaluation of trainee learning, and organizational impact from trainings conducted in the VA (including population and stratified sampling and statistical analyses of large databases, return on investment assessments, trend analysis, psychometric analyses of achievement tests, quality of surveys); oversee organizational & operational evaluation teams and mentor division personnel on quantitative and qualitative research design, data analysis via data analysis packages (e.g., SPSS, Excel MegaStat, SAS, LISREL), and dissemination of study findings organizationally and nationally via written reports and oral presentations; regularly monitor operational performance from VA databases and customer/client experience/satisfaction for organizational and operational improvements for internal and external clients, as well as EES leadership.

Address: 1258 S. Indian Creek Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Supervisor: David Xander; Phone: 216-791-2300; E-mail: David.Xander@va.gov

Full-Time; 40 hours per week (100% Remote worker)

Pay Grade: GS-13

2/2016 – Present. Adjunct Faculty. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, College of Aeronautics, Department of Psychology and Human Factors.

Responsibilities. Mentor and teach graduate students through the thesis research process; program capstone courses; advanced survey research and large databases methodologies; and multivariate statistical analyses.  Emphasis is placed on mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methodologies and analyses.

Address: 1 Aerospace Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

Supervisor: Katherine A. Moran, ED.D; Phone: 907-360-6241; E-mail: morank@erau.edu

Part-Time; 15 hours per week

9/2010 – Present. Adjunct Associate Professor. Univ. of Louisiana, Monroe, Department of Gerontology, Sociology, and Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Responsibilities. Develop curricula and teach online undergraduate and graduate-level courses in qualitative methods and analysis, research design and methods, quantitative evaluation methods and statistics, clinical gerontology, social work, public policy, and healthcare systems and management.  Assist leadership in the development of analytical training needs of students and faculty and provide ongoing trainings to improve organizational capacity for developing research grant applications and departmental research studies.

Address: 700 University Ave., Monroe, LA 71209-0300

Supervisor: Anita Sharma, PhD; Phone: 318-342-1467; E-mail: asharma@ulm.edu

Part-Time; 10-15 hours per week


5/2016 – 1/2018. Management Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs; Employee Education Service (EES); Support Division; Measurement and Evaluation Unit (MEU)

Responsibilities: Serve as a national consultant on the development and evaluation of local and national trainings for VA personnel; identify, develop, and conduct organizational research projects examining the implementation of organizational policies and procedures within the Educational service and consult on similar processes with VA service lines utilizing the EES; utilize VA database and customized survey research methods to evaluate the effects of training programs and organizational policies and procedures; create and maintain organizational databases to track key organizational behaviors and performance metrics; regularly prepare written and oral reports for VA leadership on program evaluation findings and recommendations to improve the impact of educational programming and client outreach.

Address: 1258 S. Indian Creek Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Supervisor: David Xander; Phone: 216-791-2300; E-mail: David.Xander@va.gov

Full-Time; 40 hours per week (100% Remote worker)

Pay Grade: GS-11

1/2011 – 10/2015. Behavioral Scientist, Department of Health and Human Services; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP); Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention; Capacity Building Branch

Responsibilities: Oversee and secure funding to support the diffusion of evidence-based HIV prevention programs nationally, which includes curriculum development to support evidence-based programs, monitoring of geographic epidemiologic data on HIV incidence and prevalence, assigning HIV prevention trainings to high HIV incidence regions; monitoring and evaluation of the long-term effects of CDC expenditures for capacity building and HIV incidence and prevalence; contract monitoring; develop metrics and execute them to oversee the work of contractors for CDC grant-funded programs; providing technical assistance to community-based organizations and state and local health departments implementing evidence-based interventions (EBIs) for HIV prevention; and additional internal and external capacity building activities to enhance the development of research projects to evaluate educational programs and the delivery of evidence-based medical and behavioral interventions.

Address: 1600 Clifton Rd, NE (MS: E-40), Atlanta, GA 30333

Contact: Darlene Bostic; Phone: 770-488-1919

Full-Time; 40 hours per week

Pay Grade: GS-13

9/2007 – 8/2017. Faculty. Univ. of Phoenix--Little Rock Campus, FlexNet, & Online.

Responsibilities for Area Chair of Humanities (9/2009-9/2010). Interview/hire, mentor, supervise, and evaluate humanities faculty members on the Little Rock Campus.  Direct curriculum revisions and execution by faculty; lead department content area meetings; oversee dispute resolution among faculty and/or students; department policy planning and quality control; curriculum evaluation and reporting.



Responsibilities for Faculty (9/2007-Present; Lead Faculty-9/2010-1/2011): Design and teach courses in psychology, undergraduate and graduate business, statistics, and general studies, and mentor doctoral students in health-related professions through their dissertations (40 total mentees). Formats include in-person and online instruction. Responsibilities also include directed studies for students in statistics, writing, and APA style (students and faculty).  Approved to teach 65 ground and online, undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, philosophy, sociology, general studies, and business. Successful completion of more than 300 contracted courses. Courses taught include: Introduction to UOPHX; Introduction to Psychology; Organizational Psychology; Social Psychology, Motivational Psychology, History and Systems in Psychology; Critical Thinking; Popular American Culture, Introduction to Research & Information Utilization, Research Methods in Philosophy; Research Methods in Business; Managerial Decision-Making (statistics); Research and Evaluation I & II; Psychological Tests and Measures; Writing for Research; Doctoral Dissertation (all levels).

Address: 3157 Elwood St., Phoenix, AZ 85034-7209

Supervisor: Beth Langevin, PhD; Phone: 501-681-6879

Part-Time; 20 hours per week

7/2007 – 1/2011. Director of Evaluation and Qualitative Research, Department of Veterans Affairs, South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center), North Little Rock, AR.

Responsibilities: Coordinate a team to oversee the design, implementation, and evaluation of a variety of educational programs and evidence-based mental health interventions provided to mental health clinicians across an 8-state region in the Veterans Affairs system (VISN 16), including 12 hospitals and 46 community-based outpatient clinics. The emphasis was on rural healthcare access and diffusion of evidence-based interventions. Responsibilities also included mentoring, training, and supervising faculty & staff; overseeing & consulting on qualitative & quantitative data analyses; conducting & interpreting data for the purposes of organizational quality improvement & healthcare policy for the VA; designing and evaluating on-line mental health training curricula; continuing an ongoing program of funded research in implementation science relevant to rural healthcare.

Address: 2200 Fort Roots Drive (152/NLR), North Little Rock, AR 72114

Supervisor: Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH (retired)

Full-Time; 20 hours per week (remaining 20 hours distributed in VA position below)

Pay Grade: GS-13



8/2002 – 1/2011. Research Health Scientist, Department of Veterans Affairs, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research, Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, North Little Rock, AR.

Responsibilities: Pursue research and consulting to improve the rural healthcare received by veterans confronting life-threatening illnesses, including HIV/AIDS, and chronic serious mental health conditions; design, conduct, and interpret qualitative and large database studies relevant to healthcare management & policy, geriatrics, inter-organizational collaboration, and program implementation. Serve as Vice-Chair of the organization’s research quality assurance committee. Develop and over see training curricula and mentoring standards for new research personnel and to serve as a network-wide inspector of concordance of palliative care practice in 10 medical facilities with VA directives.

Address: 2200 Fort Roots Drive (152/NLR), North Little Rock, AR 72114

Supervisor: Richard R. Owen, MD; Phone: 501-257-1706

Full-Time: 20 hours per week

Pay Grade: GS-13

7/2004 – 12/2010. Research Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Health Services Research, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR. Mentors: J. Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH & Cornelia Beck, RN, PhD. (2004-07)

Responsibilities: Pursue research to improve end-of-life care received by rural nursing home residents; design, conduct, and interpret qualitative and large database studies relevant to health policy, geriatrics, inter-organizational collaboration, and program implementation; consult and serve as a primary resource in these areas. Teach & mentor medical students and postdoctoral fellows in adult development, end-of-life care, health policy, and conducting & tailoring educational/prevention programs.

Address: 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205

Part-Time; 20 hours per week

8/2002 – 7/2004. Instructor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Health Services Research, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR.

Responsibilities: Pursue a research agenda to improve the care received by rural nursing home residents near the end of life; design, conduct, and interpret qualitative and large database studies relevant to healthcare policy, geriatrics, inter-organizational collaboration, and program implementation. Teach and mentor medical students and postdoctoral fellows in the areas of adult development and aging, end-of-life care, healthcare policy, and tailoring and conducting educational/prevention programs.

Address: 4301 W. Markham St., Little Rock, AR 72205

Supervisor: Geoff Curran, PhD; Phone: 501-257-1808

Part-Time; 10 hours per week



12/2015 – 8/2018. Part-time Faculty. Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership.

Responsibilities. Mentor online doctoral students through the dissertation process, teach face-to-face dissertation residency courses, and graduate research methodology & statistics courses.

Address: 225 South 6th St., Minneapolis, MN 55402

Supervisor: Dana Gonzalas, PhD; Phone: 501-425-9799; E-mail: dana.gonzalas@capella.edu

Part-Time; 15 hours per week

8/2001 – 6/2002. Part-Time Faculty, Department of Psychology, Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.

Responsibilities: Design and teach undergraduate courses in psychology (including, Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Research Design, & Statistics).

Address: 2121 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115-2214

Supervisor: Mark Ashcraft, PhD (retired)

7/1998 – 6/2002. Instructor, Department of Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH. 

Responsibilities: Design and teach undergraduate courses in psychology (including, Introduction to Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, The Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, Research Design, & Statistics) and distance learning courses in psychology.

Address: 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325

Supervisor: Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD; Phone: 775-784-7010

Full-Time; 40 hours per week

9/1995 – 5/1996. Secondary Teacher.  Social Studies Department, Washington High School, Massillon, Ohio.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities included course design, teaching, and advisement for 190 general and 15 special education students in government, history, and geography.

Address: 1 Paul E Brown Dr. SE, Massillon, OH 44646

Supervisor: Harry Ifantedes (retired)

Full-Time; 40 hours per week


MENTORING

2016 – 2019. Doctoral Instructor & Dissertation Mentor. Capella University, School of Public Service Leadership; doctoral students (25 Mentees [8 completions]; 18 Committees).

2008 – 2017. Doctoral Instructor & Dissertation Mentor. University of Phoenix doctoral students (25 Mentees [17 completions]; 25 Committees).

2011 – 2015. Fellowship Mentor. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of HIV/AIDS mentor of numerous federal program fellows and university students in public health, online curriculum development, and national dissemination and capacity building.

2006 – 2010. Adjunct Faculty. Department of Health Policy Management, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.  Dissertation advisor and mentor (2 doctoral students).

2006 – 2008. Doctoral Instructor & Dissertation Mentor. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Nursing doctoral students (2 doctoral students) and research postdoctoral fellows (4 fellows).

2005 – 2007. Mentor. University of Arkansas for Medical Science, Don Reynolds Center on Aging, Geriatric Hartford Scholars specializing in end-of-life care and aging issues.

2004 – 2010. Mentor. Veterans Health Affairs, South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Care center (MIRECC) postdoctoral faculty (2 physicians, 2 psychologists) on issues of research design (quantitative and qualitative) and statistical analyses, grant writing, and publishing.


ADMINISTRATIVE & CONSULTATIVE EXPERIENCE

2010 - Present. President & CEO. Blevins Properties, Inc. Stone Mountain, GA.  Management and rental of single-dwelling properties in Arkansas and Georgia.

Responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of business development, acquisitions, marketing, and financials, and property management of single-dwelling family homes.

Address: 1258 S. Indian Creek Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Supervisor: N/A; Phone: 501-960-6980


2002 - 2010. President & CEO. Blevins Consulting, Inc. Educational and research development and administration for academic and community-based organizations.

Responsibilities: Consultant to design and conduct educational programs and lead the implementation of program evaluation through survey research and data-based performance-based metrics; inter-organizational relationships; the design and administration of career promotional exams; organizational strategic planning; non-profit board of directors development; fund raising and marketing; organizational quality improvement; grant writing; and prevention program design and evaluation. Oversaw all aspects of business development, marketing, and financial management.

Address: 1258 S. Indian Creek Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Supervisor: N/A; Phone: 501-960-6980


2007 - 2010. Treasurer/Secretary/Founding Member. AR Academy of Palliative Medicine.

Responsibilities: Maintain current member lists and track dues payments; oversee organizational budgeting and strategic planning; monitor financial transactions and audits.

Address: 1800 Foreman Drive, Little Rock, AR  72227

Supervisor: Reed Thompson, MD (President of the Board of Directors)


2003 - 2010. Prevention Program Evaluator & Consultant. Behavioral health scientist for CDC-funded AIDS prevention programs of the Arkansas state health department and non-profit organizations through the American Psychological Association’s Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer Program (funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).

Responsibilities: Responsibilities centered on assisting non-profit community-based organizations develop, implement, and evaluate HIV/AIDS prevention programs with numerous populations; tailoring evidence-based programs to rural environments; develop, conduct, and utilize educational needs assessments for program development; mentor students and clinical personnel in prevention programming and needs assessments.

Address: 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

Supervisor: Duane Wilkerson, MPA; Phone: (253) 653-7861


2005 - 2007. President, Board of Directors. Arkansas AIDS Foundation, Inc., Little Rock, AR.

Responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of the organization, including strategic planning; and financial management and diversification; clinical care, human resource management; public relations; speaking at local and state-wide events; organizational coalition building for lateral healthcare relationships and business expansion; Board development (21 members); conducting client and personnel needs assessments; designing and running continuing education programs; grant-writing and educational prevention program management.

Address: 325 E. 9th St., SE, Little Rock, AR 72205

Supervisor: N/A; Phone: 501-960-6980


2003 - 2006. Program Evaluator. South Central VA Health Care Network (VISN 16) MIRECC (Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center).

Responsibilities: Collaborate with organizational leadership to design and carry out program evaluations of the effectiveness of educational programs to improve mental healthcare for veterans across an 8-state region of 12 medical facilities and 38 community-based outpatient clinics.

Address: 2200 Fort Roots Drive (152/NLR), North Little Rock, AR 72114

Supervisor: Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH; Phone: 501-257-1971


2001 – 2003. Associate Director of Public Policy. Working Group to Improve Psychosocial Care at the End of Life. The University of Akron, Akron, OH.

Responsibilities: Development of an international educational and problem-solving conferences for interdisciplinary experts in end-of-life behavioral healthcare and public health, including: program development, marketing, website creation and maintenance; conference financial management; and educational tools creation and distribution.  Program evaluation of conference accomplishments, including qualitative and quantitative assessments of educational attainment and behavioral healthcare implications of the program.  Periodic US Congressional lobbying and authoring of testimonies on behalf of psychosocial and clinical care for the terminally ill.  Supervise all phases of the program implementation and program evaluation, following-up on the conference with scientific-based publications and national presentations.

Address: 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325

Supervisor: James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, MLA




2001 – 2002. Co-Director. Attending to Psychosocial Issues Near the End of Life: A SPSSI-Sponsored International Conference held in Cleveland, OH in 2002.

Responsibilities: Development of an international educational and problem-solving conference for interdisciplinary experts in end-of-life care, including: program development, marketing, website creation and maintenance; conference financial management; educational tools creation and distribution; conference follow-up publications and final reports.

Address: 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325

Supervisor: James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, MLA


1999 – 2002. Testing and Assessment Consultant. Barrett and Associates, Akron, Ohio.

Responsibilities: Development, administration, and scoring of standardized paper-and-pencil and oral promotional examinations for employees of the State of Ohio (police and fire departments).

Address: 1772 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223

Supervisor: Gerald V. Barrett, PhD, JD


1999 – 2000. Head Teaching Assistant. Dept. of Psychology, The University of Akron, OH.

Responsibilities: Overseeing general studies psychology course curricula, teaching, and evaluation (5000 students per semester); officiating of weekly teacher-training sessions for 21 graduate teaching assistants on classroom management, delivery of course content, student assessment, and engaging diverse student groups; coordinating the creation of standardized computerized testing and incorporating technology into college classrooms and on-line course administration with traditional and non-traditional students.

Address: 302 Buchtel Common, Akron, OH 44325

Supervisor: Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD; Phone: 775-784-7010


RESEARCH EXPERIENCE


Additional Research Training & Mentorship Received

March, 2004. South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Care (MIRECC). Grant Writing Scholars Workshop.

2002 – 2004. Postdoctoral Fellow in Health Services Research, Centers for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR), Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, North Little Rock, AR. Mentors: Marisue Cody, RN, PhD & J. Greer Sullivan, MD, MSPH (RAND).

1997 – 2001. Research Assistant to Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD, James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, MLS, and Harvey L. Sterns, PhD, Department of Psychology, The University of Akron, Akron, OH.

1999 – 1999. NIMH Research Training Recipient in Geriatrics to Cameron Camp, PhD at the Myers Research Institute, a division of the Menorah Park Center for Aging, Beachwood, OH.

1994 – 1995. Survey Research Assistant to Jesse Marquette, PhD, Director of Survey Research, The University of Akron, Akron, OH.

GRANTS/Contracts/Task Orders


Dean Blevins, PhD

2012-2014

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  DHHS Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund

Project Title:  Web-Based Adaptation of an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Program Training for African-American Men Who Have Sex With Men

Amount: $750,000

Goal: This project is focused on the development of a web-based training of d-up!-an evidence based HIV prevention intervention for African American MSMs.  Project includes the development and adaptation of curricula, Alpha and Beta pilot testing, and social marketing for the national dissemination of the prevention program and this corresponding training or implementing health departments and agencies.

Role: Principle Investigator & Task Order Manager/COTR (20% FTE)

Project Status: Completed (available at https://effectiveinterventions.cdc.gov/en/HighImpactPrevention/Interventions/d-up.aspx)


Dean Blevins, PhD & Christian Helfrich, PhD

2010-2012

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA IIR 09-067

Project Title:  Predicting implementation from organizational readiness to change

Amount: $300,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to evaluate the psychometric properties of the Organizational Readiness to Change Assessment by examining the survey instrument’s reliability (inter-rater and internal consistency), criterion validity (predictive, concurrent, convergent, & discriminant validities) by partnering with 4 implementation projects that include 50 VA sites for healthcare across the nation.

Role: Site Principle Investigator (20% FTE)

Project Status: Completed


Blevins, Dean, PhD & Roca, J. Vince, PhD  co-PIs

2010-2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  US Office of Rural Health

Project Title:  Expanding ACCESS: Addressing Mental Health Needs of Veterans in Higher Education and the Criminal Justice System

Amount: $900,000

Goal: This project has two arms, expanding on Establishing a Jail Diversion Program for Veterans’ with Mental Illness in Arkansas to roll-out mental health outreach services to 4 college campuses and 4 county drug courts in rural Arkansas.  Service assessments and delivery will be established using web-based and telehealth technologies.

Role: Co-PI (50% FTE) ; Lead implementation and evaluation of projects

Project Status: Completed


Dean Blevins, PhD-PI

2010-2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA South Central MIRECC, Pilot Grants Program (0076_20081)

Project Title:  Measuring Cultural Barriers to Mental Health Care for Rural Veterans

Amount: $100,000

Goal: This project is focused on the development of an assessment instrument of rural culture as it pertains to mental healthcare and mental health treatment seeking among veterans. 20-25 key informant interviews are being held as three rural VA CBOCs, including treatment providers and patients.

Role: Principle Investigator (20% FTE)

Project Status: Completed





Michael Kauth, PhD-PI

2009-2010

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA South Central MIRECC, Pilot Grants Program

Project Title:  Development and Evaluation of a Working with Couples Online Training

Amount: $100,000

Goal: This project is focused on the development of an on-line training for VA providers in couples counseling. Development involves the creation of the on-line training program and assessment tools to evaluate effectiveness.

Role: Co-Investigator (10% FTE); role: Lead evaluator

Project Status: Completed


J. Greer Sullivan, MD

2009-2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  HSRD IIR

Project Title:  Understanding Providers Stigmatization of SMI Among Veterans

Amount: $526,361

Goal: The focus of this study is the assessment of the stigmatizing beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors of health providers towards those diagnosed with severe mental illness (SMI).

Role: Co-Investigator (25% FTE) ; role: Lead Project Evaluator-qualitative and quantitative

Project Status: Completed


Richard R. Owen, MD-PI

2009 – 2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA QUERI SDP

Project Title: Monitoring and Management for Metabolic Effects of Antipsychotics

Amount: $880,000

Goal: This study proposes to test an implementation intervention to enhance uptake of evidence-based tools and strategies to improve monitoring and management of metabolic side effects of antipsychotic medications across 8 VA hospitals.

Role: Co-Investigator (25% FTE); role: Lead Project Evaluator-qualitative and quantitative

Project Status: Completed



Dinesh Mittal, MD-PI

2010 – 2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA Office of Research Development

Project Title: Understanding Self-Stigma among OEF/OIF Veterans with PTSD

Amount: $99,958

Goal: This project is to develop an assessment instrument that measures the extent to which OIF/OEF veterans with PTSD experience self-stigma, pilot test the newly created instrument, and engage in preliminary psychometric validation.  Focus groups are planned with various groups of veterans to modify and existing instrument, followed by various tests of validity (construct, face) and reliability (test-retest, internal consistency).

Role: Co-Investigator (20% FTE)

Project Status: Not Funded


JoAnn Kirchner, MD-PI

2009-2011

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  US Office of Rural Health

Project Title:  Establishing a Jail Diversion Program for Veterans’ with Mental Illness in Arkansas

Amount: $1,400,000

Goal: This project has three arms: establish a jail diversion program in two of Arkansas’ drug courts and to evaluate the effect of this program on recidivism and the long-term sustainability of the program; education and outreach for referrals of OIF/OEF veterans in Arkansas’ schools of higher education; and education of rural spiritual leaders.

Role: Co-Investigator (30% FTE) ; role: Lead evaluation of projects

Project Status: Completed





Dean Blevins, PhD-PI

2008-2009

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA QUERI RRP 08-239

Project Title:  Evaluating Facilitation of CBT Implementation in VA Primary Care

Amount: $75,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to a) collect a baseline assessment of organizational capacity and readiness to implement cognitive behavioral therapy in 10 hospital-based primary care clinics and 8 community-based outpatient clinics; b) understand the process of external facilitation and 3) collect cost effectiveness data of the intervention.

Role: Principle Investigator (35% FTE)

Project Status: closed, 2 published manuscripts


Michael R. Kauth, PhD-PI

2007-2009

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA VISN 16 MIRECC

Project Title:  The Effect of External Facilitation on Implementation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in VISN 16

Amount: $150,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to develop, deliver, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-efficiency of a cognitive behavioral therapy educational intervention in 5 Veterans Affairs medical centers and 5 CBOCs in the South Central US.

Role: Co-Investigator (15% FTE); role: lead project evaluation

Project Status: closed, 2 published manuscripts


John Vincent Roca, PhD-PI

2007 – 2009

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA VISN 16 MIRECC

Project Title: Evaluation of Life Guard—a Community-Based Workshop for Returning Veterans

Amount: $80,000

Goal: This project is to provide a mental health group-based intervention to 1000 returning national guardsmen throughout the state of Arkansas and evaluating longitudinal effectiveness on mental health and social adjustment.

Role: Co-Investigator (15% FTE)

Project Status: Completed; 2 manuscripts, 5 presentations


Laurence H. Miller, MD

2009-2014

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  SAMHSA RFA FM-08-009

Project Title:  Diversion and Intervention for Veterans Recovering from Trauma (DIVRT)

Amount: $1,891,672 (Direct and indirect costs)

Goal: The focus of this 5-year project is to establish a jail diversion program for Arkansas veterans presenting before the criminal justice system across two phases.  The pilot phase, lasting 2.5 years, focuses on establishing a state-wide collaborative and to collect process data in two Arkansas counties to prepare for a statewide (9 counties) rollout of the jail diversion project in years 3-5.

Role: Co-Investigator (Lead Evaluator; 30% FTE)

Project Status: Not Funded, Revised & Re-submitted


Ellen Fischer, PhD-PI

2009-2012

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  NIH NIMH R01

Project Title:  Life Guard: Evaluation of a Community-Based Intervention for OIF/OEF Veterans

Amount: $900,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to evaluate the effectiveness of a community-based version of a group-administered mental health intervention with returning national guardsmen throughout the state of Arkansas – the focus of which is to improve the coping skills and social adjustment of participants and overall quality of life.

Role: Co-Investigator (20% FTE)

Project Status: Not Funded


JoAnn Kirchner, MD-PI

2007 – 2008

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA VISN 16 MIRECC

Project Title: Consumer Involvement in the VHA Mental Health Service

Amount: $80,000

Goal: The focus of this project is to establish the best mechanisms through which to engage consumers to increase their involvement in mental health service planning and program design.

Role: Co-Investigator (10% FTE)

Project Status: Ended, 1 manuscript


Kimberly Garner, MD, JD-PI

2007 – 2008

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA VISN 16 MIRECC

Project Title: Qualitative Analysis of Hospital Executives, Physician Administrators, and Hospital Legal Counsel’s Perceptions of End-of-Life Care

Amount: $30,000

Goal: The focus of the project is to explore the perspectives of VA and community hospital directors on providing and enhancing the quality of end-of-life care & to test an educational intervention to change attitudes.

Role: Co-Investigator (5% FTE)

Project Status: Completed


Dean Blevins, PhD

2006-2007

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Beverly Healthcare, Inc.

Project Title:  HEAP:  Hospice Eligibility Assessment Project

Amount: $26,000

Goal: The objective of this project is to develop a record-review screening instrument to determine hospice eligibility among nursing home residents and pilot test the instrument in two facilities in Central Arkansas.

Role: Principle Investigator (15% FTE)

Project Status: Completed


Dean Blevins, PhD

2004-2006

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Beverly Healthcare, Inc.

Project Title:  Improving End-of-Life Care for Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease

Amount: $20,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to explore the characteristics of nursing home residents who do and do not utilize hospice care in 384 nursing homes across the US in the last 6 months of life, in addition to understanding possible differences in quality of care given access to different services and from the perspective of family members.

Role: Principle Investigator

Project Status: Completed



Geoffrey M. Goldsmith, MD

2005 – 2007

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  NIH, NCI, R21

Project Title:  Multi-Level Approaches to Improve Colon Cancer Screening

Amount: $300,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to implement an intervention in several primary care clinics with the intent of increasing rates of colon cancer screening among patients.

Role: Co-Investigator, Qualitative Research Director

Project Status: Completed; 5 conference presentations





Greer Sullivan, MD-PI

2007

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA Central Office

Project Title: Impact of the Hurricanes on Veterans with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse

Amount: $225,000

Goal: The focus of this project is to conduct a needs assessment, with policy recommendations, of the mental health service provision to gulf-coast veterans impacted by Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.

Role: Co-Investigator (10% FTE)

Project Status: Completed; 2 white papers, 1 manuscript under review


Ellen Fischer, PhD-PI

2007 – 2008

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VHA VISN 16 QUERI

Project Title: Provider Perceptions of Recovery and the VA Recovery-Oriented Transformation Process

Amount: $30,000

Goal: The focus of the project is to establish a baseline of attitudes and processes underway across VISN 16 to respond to the recovery transformation initiative.

Role: Co-Investigator (5% FTE)

Project Status: Closed


Dean Blevins, PhD

2004 – 2007

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA, Merit Review Entry Program (MREP)     Grant No.: MRP03-319

Project Title:  Improving End-of-Life Care for Veterans in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Amount: $280,000

Goal: The objectives of this Career Development Award are to pursue a program of research and training that will contribute to improving the quality of end-of-life care received by veterans and non-veterans in nursing homes.

Role: Principle Investigator

Project Status: Closed


Arkansas AIDS Foundation

2006

Funding Agency & Mechanism: Arkansas Department of Health, indirect funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Project Title:  Popular Opinion Leader for Caucasian MSMs

Amount: $90,000

Goal: The objective of this grant is to conduct 4 waves of POL outreach over 9 months to increase the prevalence of safer sexual practices among a projected 1,500 Caucasian HIV-negative MSMs in Central Arkansas.

Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Project Status: Closed


Arkansas AIDS Foundation

2006

Funding Agency & Mechanism: Arkansas Department of Health, indirect funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Project Title:  Healthy Relationships for Caucasian MSMs

Amount: $100,000

Goal: The objective of this grant is to conduct 5 Healthy Relationship Workshops over 9 months to enhance the decision making and problem solving skills of Caucasian HIV-positive MSMs in Central Arkansas.

Role: Co-Principle Investigator

Project Status: Closed





Michelle D. Sherman, PhD

2005-2006

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA South Central MIRECC Pilot Funds

Project Title:  Key Factors Involved in Engaging Significant Others in the Treatment of Veterans with PTSD

Amount: $20,000

Goal: The objectives of this pilot project are to understand the barriers and facilitators to increasing family member involvement in VA PTSD treatment programs.

Role: Co- Investigator, Qualitative Research Director

Project Status: Closed, 1 manuscript


Dean Blevins, PhD

2005 – 2008

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  VA IIR     Grant No.: IIR04-318

Project Title:   Improving End-of-Life Care for Veterans in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Amount: $350,000

Goal: The objectives of this project were to examine the perspectives of several key stakeholders involved in nursing home resident referral to hospice care.

Role: Principle Investigator

Project Status: Not Funded


Teresa Hudson, PhD

2004-2006

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  NIH, NIMH pilot grant

Project Title:  Development of a patient activation intervention to increase side-effect monitoring of antipsychotic medications

Amount: $15,000

Goal: The objectives of this pilot project are to understand the desires and concerns of patients and providers to increasing patient involvement in monitoring the side effects of prescribed antipsychotic medications.

Role: Consultant, Qualitative Research Director

Project Status: Closed


Kate Stewart, MD, MPH

2002 – 2005

Funding Agency & Mechanism:   Blue & You Foundation and Division of Aging and Adult Services, Arkansas Dept. Human Services

Project Title:  Home and Community-Based Care: A Study of Determinants of Utilization

Amount: $300,000

Goal: The objectives of this project are to understand community and provider knowledge of available services for nursing home eligible elders and the facilitators and barriers to utilizing community-based services to delay nursing home placement.

Role: Consultant, Qualitative Research Director & Advisory Council

Project Status: Closed



Marisue Cody, RN, PhD & Dean Blevins, PhD

2003

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Day Spring Corporation

Project Title:  Evaluation of Day Spring Mental Health Services in Nursing Facilities

Amount: $10,000

Goal: The objective of this project was to evaluate the effectiveness of Day Spring Mental Health services in a large nursing home in rural Arkansas.

Role: Consultant

Project Status: Closed





James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, MLS

2000 – 2002

Funding Agency & Mechanism:   University of Akron Faculty Scholars Program

Project Title:  The University of Akron’s Study on End-of-Life Issues, Concerns, and Decisions over the Lifespan

Amount: $2,000

Goal: The objective of this project was to explore the decision-making process of terminally ill hospice patients and family members with AIDS or Cancer over their tenure on hospice services.

Role: Research Director

Project Status: Closed, 2 manuscripts



James L. Werth, Jr., PhD, MLS

2000 – 2002

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  American Psych. Association, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Project Title:  Attending to Psychosocial Issues Near the End of Life: A SPSSI-Sponsored International Conference

Amount: $20,000

Goal: This project involved the organization and conduct of the first international conference on psychosocial issues near the end of life (Cleveland, OH).

Role: Program Committee Co-Chair & Administrative Assistant

Project Status: Closed, 1 book


Dean Blevins, PhD

2000 – 2001

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Ohio Board of Regents Extracurricular Activities Fund

Project Title:  Akron’s Gerontology Association

Amount: $3,000

Goal: The objective of this project was to facilitate the education of students in gerontology and their access to community resources for practicum training.

Role: Principle Investigator & Project Director

Project Status: Closed



Dean Blevins, PhD

1999 – 2000

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Ohio Board of Regents Extracurricular Activities Fund

Project Title:    Akron’s Gerontology Association

Amount: $2,700

Goal: The objective of this project was to facilitate the education of students in gerontology and their access to community resources for practicum training.

Role: Principle Investigator & Project Director

Project Status: Closed


Karen Kopera-Frye, PhD & Harvey L. Sterns, PhD

1998 – 2001

Funding Agency & Mechanism:  Ohio Urban University Program

Project Title:  Understanding patterns of treatment utilization and client perceptions of efficacy among mentally ill older adults

Amount: $10,000

Goal: The objective of this project was to understand the characteristics of and service utilization of older adults with schizophrenia and depression.

Role: Research Director

Project Status: Closed


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


2008 - Present. American Public Health Association.

2008 - 2010. Arkansas Academy of Palliative Medicine.

2008 - 2010. Secretary & Treasurer (Founding Member)

2003 - 2010. Academy Health.

2002 - 2010. National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.

2000 - 2010. American Society on Aging.

2003 - 2010. Mind Alert Awards review & program committee.

2007 - Present. Chair, Mind Alert program.

2003 - 2010. Healthcare and Aging Network (HAN) Leadership Council.

2004 - 2006. Membership Committee (HAN Chair).

2003 - 2006. Healthcare and Aging Network Editorial Board.

2003 - 2005. HAN Special Program planning committee for 2004 2005 annual meetings.

2002 - 2003. Marketing and Planning Committee.

2001 - 2003. Public Policy Committee.

1998 - 2009. Gerontological Society of America.

2003 - 2004. Co-Convener. End-of-Life Interest Group.

2001 - 2003. Task Force on Interest Groups.

1997 - 2010. American Psychological Association.

2004 - 2010. Office on AIDS Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV) Program, CDC CBA provider.

2000 - 2002. Office on AIDS Congressional Lobbying on End-of-Life Issues

2000 - 2003. Psychology of Women (APA Division 35).

2000 - 2002. Division 35 Executive Committee.

2000 - 2002. Liaison to the Interdivisional Geropsychology Practice Coalition.

1999 - 2003.  Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Div. 9).

1999 - 2004. Adult Development and Aging (APA Division 20).

2003. Reviewer. Division 20 program submissions for the 2004-6 annual meetings.

1997 - 2004. American Psychological Society.


ADDITIONAL SERVICE & COMMITTEE WORK


2014 - 2015. Capacity Building Branch Representative. Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention MSM (men who have sex with men) strategic planning committee.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention [CDC NCHHSTP DHAP].

2014 - 2014. Capacity Building Branch Representative. DHAP research priorities working group for MSM.  CDC NCHHSTP DHAP.

2013 - 2014. Capacity Building Branch Site Visit Reviewer. Site visit reviewer for PS14-1403 (funding of capacity building providers).  CDC NCHHSTP DHAP.

2013 - 2013. Technical Reviewer. CDC NCHHSTP DHAP CBB reviewer for RFTOP HCVJB2X2-2013-56992 HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Programs.

2012 - 2012. Lead Technical Reviewer. CDC NCHHSTP DHAP CBB developer and lead reviewer for RFTOP 2012-T-002 Web-Based Adaptation of an Evidence-Based HIV Prevention Program Training for African-American Men Who Have Sex with Men.

2012 - 2013. Reviewer. United States Conference on AIDS (USCA) Research Track program committee and proposal submission review committee.

2012 - 2012. Technical Reviewer. CDC NCHHSTP DHAP reviewer for RFTOP Development of a computer-based intervention tool for use with both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking persons living with HIV attending routine HIV primary care visits.

2008 - 2010. Member. Veterans Health Administration Joint MIRECC-Center of Excellence Consultation Committee for the Implementation of the Uniform Services Plan.

2008 - 2011. Guest Reviewer. International Journal of Organizational Theory & Behavior.

2006 - 2010. Guest Reviewer. Mortality.

2004 - 2011. Vice Chair. Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System, Center for Mental Healthcare and Outcomes Research (CeMHOR) Quality Improvement Committee.

2003 - 2011. Reviewer. Central Arkansas Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) Pilot Project Grants Program.

2005 - Present. Guest Reviewer. Death Studies.

2006 - 2008. Co-Director. Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 16 Veteran Hospice Partnership Program (Arkansas).

2006 - 2008. Member. Department of Veterans Affairs VISN 16 Accelerated Administrative and Clinical Training (AACT) team for Palliative Care.

2006 - 2007. Reviewer. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, College of Nursing, Center for Tailored Biobehavioral Interventions Pilot Project Grants Program.

2004 - 2007. Member. Arkansas AIDS Foundation Board of Directors.

2006 - 2007. President, Board of Directors.

2004 - 2006. Vice President & Chair, Personnel & Programs Committee.

2004 - 2006. Behavioral Scientist Representative. Arkansas HIV/AIDS Community Planning Group.

2004 - 2006. Interviewer. University of Arkansas 2005 & 2006 medical student admissions.

2004 - 2005. Reviewer. Alzheimer’s Association 2004 & 2005 grant submission cycles.

2003 - 2008. Member. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Nursing Home Quality Improvement Initiative via the Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care and Arkansas Office of Long-Term Care.

2003. Invited Participant for the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Service State of the Art (SOTA) Conference: Leading the Way to Quality Long-Term Care. Alexandria, VA (September 15-17, 2003).

2000 - 2001. Textbook Reviewer. Invited reviews of adult development and aging textbooks and instructional materials (McGraw-Hill & Springer publishers).

2000 - 2001. Campus Representative, University of Akron to the Ohio Psychological Assn.

1999 - 2001. Treasurer. Akron’s Gerontology Association.


AWARDS/HONORS

2009. Most Valuable Faculty Member. University of Phoenix, Graduate Business Management Department, Little Rock, AR.

2009. Senior Research Fellowship. University of Phoenix, College of Health and Human Services, Phoenix, AZ.

2007. Special Contribution Award-Palliative Care. Department of Veterans Affairs, VISN 16.

2006. Most Valuable Contributor. Veterans Health Affairs South Central Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center.

2001. American Psychological Association. Science Directorate Conference Travel Award.

1999. Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Student Merit/Junior Investigator Award for the 1999 RSA meeting. Awarded by the NIAAA.

1998. American Psychological Society 1998 Travel Award.

1996. Member, Golden Key National Honors Society.

1993. Member, Phi Sigma Alpha: Scholastic Honorary for the College of Arts and Sciences.