Submitted by lills on December 8, 2016 - 18:52
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.