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Focused Areas of Research

Promoting & Sustaining Healthy Behaviors

The Promoting and Sustaining Healthy Behaviors Focused Area of Research team is a group of health behavior experts who seek to disseminate best-practices to center staff and researchers who are studying health related behaviors.  The team will act as consultants to research teams who seek to incorporate health-behavior measures to ensure accurate and consistent measurements are deployed center wide.

Led by Eugene Oddone, MD (
Coordinated by Katina Robinson, MS (

Function & Independence

The goal of this focused area of research is to support Veterans’ choice to remain in their homes and to address the emergent issues of aging, long-term care, and caregiving. Our workgroup objectives are as follows:  

1. Integrate caregivers into treatment planning and decision-making.

2. Develop and evaluate care strategies to maximize physical function and reduce nursing home use.

3. Advance measures of Veteran independence that are meaningful to Veterans, caregivers, and VA stakeholders.

Led by Courtney Van Houtven, PhD (
Coordinated by Kasey Decosimo, MPH (

Improving Access through Virtual Care (TeleFAR)

The goal of the TeleFAR is to use virtual care approaches to improve Veterans’ health by increasing access to high-quality, well-coordinated healthcare that sets health system standards, exceed patients’ expectations, and is provided in a sustainable manner. TeleFAR uses rigorous qualitative and quantitative scientific methods to identify, implement, and disseminate innovative modes of care delivery, that positively impact health outcomes, for Veterans now and in the future.  

See our TeleFAR member areas of expertise here

See our virtual care services consultation timeline here.

Led by Hayden Bosworth, PhD ( and Allison Lewinski, PhD, MPH, RN (
Coordinated by Kaitlyn Goodwin (