ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Selected for the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program

ReACH Scholar Bertha "Penny" Flores, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC was recently selected for the the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF) PCORI Hispanic Patient-Centered Health Research Mentorship Program. This unique mentorship and training program provides individualized mentoring by Hispanic senior faculty researchers, networking with PCOR experts and other researchers in Hispanic health equity, skills building for career development, a two day in-person PCOR training with a special session to present your research.  Congratulations Dr. Flores!

Bertha "Penny" Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC Awarded KL2 Grant

We are pleased to announce that ReACH Scholar,  Penny Flores PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC  has been awarded a KL2 grant.  Congratulations on this exciting achievement Dr. Flores! 


New ReACH Scholars Lisa Kilpela, PhD and Kathleen Stevens, EdD

We are thrilled to introduce the two newest ReACH Scholars, Lisa Kilpela, PhD from the department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Kathleen Stevens, EdD from Heath Restoration and Care Systems Management in the School of Nursing.  Welcome Dr. Kilpela and Dr. Stevens!

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Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN named ReACH Center Co-Director

Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN

The Center for Research to Advance Community Health (ReACH) is pleased to introduce Mary Jo Pugh PhD, RN as Co-Director.  Dr. Pugh assumes this role after five years of involvement with ReACH as a ReACH Scholar.  In her role as Co-Director, Dr. Pugh will work to expand health services and community based population health research to include military, veterans and their families. While the information we learn in these populations will have some unique findings specific to that population, many of those findings will translate to populations outside of the military in our local community to help improve the health of all residents in South Texas and beyond.
Dr. Pugh’s primary research interest is the epidemiology of, and quality of care provided for, individuals with complex comorbidity. Her current research focuses on describing the emergence of psychiatric and physical comorbidities and patterns/typologies of complex comorbidity in Veterans of Post-9/11 conflicts, identification of deployment experiences associated with specific typologies of comorbidity, and outcomes associated with different treatment approaches. Her cutting-edge studies are the only ones to date that merge national health care data from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) and are at the forefront of post-deployment health epidemiology.
Dr. Pugh is a Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Medicine (Hospital Medicine) at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio and is a Research Scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System where she is the Director of the Post-Deployment Research: Epidemiology, Outcomes and Quality group. Dr. Pugh is also on the graduate faculty of Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
Dr. Pugh joined the University of Texas Health Science Center from the Boston University of Public Health where she was an Assistant Professor (Health Services Research). She completed her post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes and Economic Research VA Health Services Research Center of Excellence. She received her doctorate in developmental psychology from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Education in counseling psychology from Boston University.