HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication (CHIC)
Teresa M. Damush, PhD
Research Career Scientist, VA Health Services Research and Development COIN, Center for Health Information and Communication CHIC, Indianapolis, IN
Senior Research Professor of Medicine, Department of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services Research, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis
Teresa M. Damush, MA, PhD. 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.