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David M. Worthen Award Recipient for 2015

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Jessica Hamblen, PhD

David M. Worthen Award

Jessica Hamblen, PhD Selected as Recipient of VA 2015 David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence

Jessica Hamblen, PhD, Acting Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) located at the White River Junction VA Medical Center has been selected by the Under Secretary for Health to receive the David M. Worthen Award for Career Achievement in Educational Excellence for 2015. This is the highest award given by the Veterans Health Administration to recognize outstanding achievements of national significance in health professions education.

Dr. Hamblen is the Acting Deputy Executive Director for the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), NCPTSD Deputy Director for Education, and Associate Professor at the Dartmouth Medical School. She has been an important leader in multiple important NCPTSD educational initiatives for many years. The innovative use of technology is an important hallmark of her contributions.

Dr. Hamblen has made important educational contributions in the area of public education, with the most visible public educational contribution being the NCPTSD website. This website has been viewed by over 6 million people and is one of the top ten most viewed VA websites. In addition, Dr. Hamblen pioneered important provider continuing education initiatives through a PTSD mentoring program, consultation program, and the PTSD 101 provider training initiative. Her interventions show depth and breadth; address a complex series of problems in novel and comprehensive ways; address the problems at many levels; and target diverse populations from young-to-old PTSD patients and their families, VA providers and non-providers, as well as VA clinic leadership.

Dr. Hamblen is an incredibly productive educator, outstanding collaborator and leader, as well as a truly innovative thinker whose work has had a profound impact on PTSD education to assist in the treatment of our Nation’s Veterans.

The Worthen Award may be given annually to recognize a VHA employee from any health care discipline who has made contributions of national significance to education in the health professions. This award, which was first issued in 1988, commemorates David M. Worthen, MD, an inspirational leader of VA’s education mission.