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Jennifer M. Gierisch, PhD, MPH

Jennifer Gierisch

Dr. Jennifer Gierisch is a behavioral scientist and health services researcher. She is a core investigator with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) where she serves as the leader of the Stakeholder Engagement Core. Dr. Gierisch is also the Co-Director of the Evidence Synthesis Program (VA ESP) at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. In addition, she is the PhD Director of the VA OAA Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Gierisch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Heath Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Duke University, where she also serves as the Co-Director of the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute's Community Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi).


On a personal note, I know first-hand how beneficial VA healthcare can be to Veterans who struggle with multiple health issues. My father was a WWII Veteran and VA healthcare user. While he lived a long life, the mental and medical scars he received during his service to our country stayed with him his whole life and impacted his quality of life.  Our family benefited tremendously from the VA healthcare my father received. Every day, I am honored to work with and for our Veterans and I am committed to conducting research that benefits the lives of Veterans.


  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000


  • Stakeholder and community engaged research
  • Applied behavioral research
  • Qualitative methods focused research

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