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New Director!

The National Center on Homelessness is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Center Director, Dina Hooshyar, MD. Dr. Hooshyar has a background in internal medicine, psychiatry, and public health. She obtained her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and an infectious diseases fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She subsequently earned a master degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service program.  She also served in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and completed her residency in psychiatry at Yale University.   

In 2010, Dr. Hooshyar became the Medical Director of VA North Texas Health Care System Mental Health Service’s Comprehensive Homeless Center Programs. During her tenure, she provided direct care to Veterans in an array of environments, including domiciliaries, shelters, their apartments, her office, and places not meant for human habitation. She also contributed to system change, including creating a one-stop homeless housing screening process, providing medical care at point-of-care, and expanding community partnerships. These achievements are highlighted in the Under Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Health’s Best Care Everywhere book published in 2017 and in peer-reviewed journals. The HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C virus testing program also was a finalist in the Veterans Health Administration Office of Community Engagement’s 2018 Community Partnership Challenge. In addition, Dr. Hooshyar was awarded a research grant to develop a manualized, evidence-based societal reintegration curriculum for Veterans experiencing homelessness.

In 2018 Dr. Hoosyar transitioned to the position of Physician Advisor in VA North Texas Health Care System’s Chief of Staff Office, reflecting her interest in developing a more nuanced understanding of the diverse services in the medical center and their interfaces with Veterans experiencing homelessness.  She is also an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is excited to become the Director of the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans as its mission embodies hers.

Dr. Hooshyar will be based out of Dallas, TX and can be reached at: Dina.Hooshyar@va.gov

The FY 2019 National Education Series

In Collaboration with VHA Employee Education System, VA’s National Center on Homeless among Veterans, Homeless Programs Office, VACO Presents: The FY 2019 National Education Series

The Center Welcomes 11 New Research Affiliates

The Center Research Affiliates group expands the scope and breadth of the Center’s research portfolio and places it in greater alignment with the priorities and needs of field staff and leadership within the Homeless Programs Office. This is a secondary affiliation that provides an opportunity to collaborate with like-minded investigators within VA and the Center on homeless-related projects, apply for intramural funding for operations focused rapid response analyses, and participate in ongoing cyber-seminars, research-in-progress presentations, and hosted conferences. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate Investigator, please contact the Center’s research coordinator Kandarp.Mehta2@va.gov to learn more. There are currently over 30 researchers affiliated with the Center investigating a wide breadth of issues related to Veteran homelessness, including 11 new investigators:

  • Rebecca Brown, MD
  • Dennis Culhane, PhD
  • Justeen Hyde, PhD
  • Theddeus Iheanacho, MD
  • Robert S. Kern, PhD
  • James LePage, PhD
  • Steve Metreaux, PhD
  • Richard Nelson, PhD
  • Elizabeth Santa Ana, PhD
  • Cathy St. Pierre, PhD
  • Steven Shirk, PhD
  • Christine Timko, PhD
  • Jillian Weber, PhD, RN


Research Director Jack Tsai Announces New Research Agenda Focused on Four Key Areas:

  • Population-based studies- Using administrative data or large-scale surveys to 1) develop predictive or explanatory models related to housing, health, criminal justice involvement, and homelessness; 2) to understand characteristics, needs, prevalence, and incidence of health and social conditions in the homeless Veteran population, including subpopulations (geriatric, rural, women with children).
  • Physical and mental health- Studies that focus on the identification, prevention, and treatment of medical conditions, mental illness, and substance use disorders, especially those that disproportionally affect the homeless Veteran population.
  • Functioning and flourishing- Investigation into how to help Veterans thrive and flourish beyond housing, including social integration, employment, citizenship, money management, and other aspects of living a meaningful life.
  • Program evaluation- Studies of existing or new models of care, including program fidelity, implementation processes, access to care, uptake of services, program effectiveness and efficiency, and staff practices and well-being, with the goal of informing programs and identifying ways to improve care for Veterans.


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