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Career Development Award (CDA)

The Durham HSR&D Center of Innovation has an excellent history of supporting promising junior investigators through the VA Research Career Development Award program (RCD). The RCD provides funding for junior PhD- and MD-trained investigators to support their research at a very critical stage, and also for senior PhD-trained investigators (through the Research Career Scientist Award) to recognize VA health services researchers who are national and international leaders in their field.

The goal of the RCD for junior investigators is to continue to make VA a first-choice for talented MD-trained and PhD-trained post-docs interested in becoming national leaders in health services research within a supportive, Veteran-focused clinical and mentoring environment. As shown below, many of the Durham HSR&D RCD awardees have become clinical champions and research leaders as principal investigators and mentors. This list does not include non-VA funded career awards.

Current CDA Awardees

Project Number/Description

Principal Investigator

Project Title

Funding Period

CDA 17-007

Nathan Boucher, DrPH

Navigating Advanced Illness for Informal Caregivers of III Veterans

August 2018 - July 2023

CDA 17-005

Sarah Wilson, PhD

A Personalized mHealth Approach to Smoking Cessation for Veterans Living With HIV

April 2018 - March 2023

CDA 17-006

Megan Shepherd-Banigan, PhD, MPH

Increasing Mental Health Services Use Through Enabling Resources & Family Support

April 2019 - March 2024

NRI 18-234

Allison Lewinski, PhD, MPH, RN

Tailored Approaches to Reduce Distress and Improve Self-Management for Veterans with Diabetes (TARDIS)​

September 2020 - August 2024

CDA 19-035

Daniel Blalock, PhD

Telehealth Treatment of Veterans with Alcohol Misuse at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease

May 2021 - April 2026

CDA 20-073

Jorge Antonio Gutierrez, MD

Telehealth to Improve Functional Status and Quality of Life in Veterans with PAD 

May 2021 - April 2026

CDA 20-032

 Brystana Kaufman, MSPH, PhD

 Outpatient Palliative Care Implementation to Improve Outcomes for Aging Veterans

January 2022 - December 2026

CDA 20-273

Anna Hung, PharmD, PhD

Helping Veterans Navigate Dual Pharmacy Benefits

July 2022 - June 2027

CDA 21-191

Stephanie Wells, PhD

Adapting Treatment Delivery to Improve Retention in Evidence-Based PTSD Treatment

 January 2023 - December 2027