Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
Research Career Scientist, VA Health Services Research and Development COIN [Center for Health Information and Communication CHIC]
Senior Research Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
Senior Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Co-Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI)
During the past two decades, Dr. Damush has served as an embedded implementation scientist inside the Veterans Health Administration healthcare system collaborating with clinical operations and translating research into practice. She is an expert in implementation science methodology and evaluations of evidence-based clinical and behavioral practices including the following: formative (pre-) and summative (post-) implementation evaluations; implementation strategy bundle design and evaluation; and stakeholder engagement and mixed-methods evaluations of complex interventions. Nationally, she serves on the Editorial Board for Translational Behavioral Medicine and is a member of the VA Health Services Research & Development Scientific Member Review Board for Quality Enhancement Research Evaluation and Implementation. Dr. Damush has served on Data Safety Monitoring Boards for implementation trials.
As Co-Principal Investigator for the VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Expanding Expertise through E-Health Network Development (EXTEND) QUERI Center, Dr. Damush’s research focuses on evaluating the implementation of evidence-based telehealth delivery models across three clinical areas: geriatrics; headache; and stroke. She directs the Implementation Science Core for the EXTEND QUERI Center.
As a research health psychologist, Dr. Damush’s expertise embraces the development and evaluation of patient-centered self-management programs adjuvant to traditional healthcare services for complex conditions including cancer, chronic pain and stroke.
In 2019, Dr. Damush was awarded the advanced VA HSR&D Research Career Scientist Award which provides support for her research and mentoring effort of early scientists. Recently, Dr. Damush, as Co-Director, successfully competed for a VA Advanced HSR&D Learning Healthcare System Fellowship at the CHIC Coin Center, Roudebush VAMC.
EXTEND: Expanding expertise Through E-health Network Development
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Working in VA service lines of Primary and Specialty Care, EXTEND QUERI’s specific aims are to expand the reach and effectiveness of VA care to improve Veteran outcomes by delivering high-quality evidence-based telehealth services “Anywhere to Anywhere”; Identify and apply successful strategies for optimizing shared care between telehealth, specialty, and primary care services for Veterans served by telehealth services; Identify factors that influence adaptation, adoption, and sustainment of VA telehealth services; and assess the business case for implementing, scaling, and sustaining telehealth care services.
Telemedicine Cognitive Behavioral Medicine for Migraine Headaches
Role: Principal Investigator
The specific aim of this pilot randomized controlled trial is to develop and test a bundle of implementation strategies at three VA medical centers with variation in headache care expertise to implement an evidence -based Telemedicine-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) program (TENACITY) for Veterans with chronic headaches.
Advanced Fellowships in Health Services Research and Development; Learning Health System
(HSR&D OAA Program #: 3K62021B)
This VA HSR&D CHIC Advanced Fellowship Program builds on the many strengths of VA CHIC, the VA EXTEND QUERI Center, and our local partners (e.g., Regenstrief Institute, IU School of Medicine). Together, VA CHIC Advanced Fellowship expertise spans the key elements of the LHS: bioethics, data science, health services, informatics, implementation science, leadership engagement, quality improvement, and systems engineering redesign. Our overarching goal is to develop the skills of the VA HSR&D embedded workforce to conduct rigorous research of the VHA LHS, to foster systematic improvements in areas prioritized by VHA operations and leadership, and to improve Veteran health and wellbeing.
Career Research Scientist Award
Role: Principal Investigator
To support rigorous, implementation quality improvement and evaluations, mentoring of junior scientists and contributed service to VA HSR&D.
Research Headache Center of Excellence
(VA Office of Specialty Care Neurology – Headache Centers of Excellence)
Role: Primary Investigator
This project will conduct a formative evaluation with both Veteran patients with chronic headaches and their VA providers and Community Care providers. We will also evaluate the implementation of the VA Headache Centers of Excellence.