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The Research and Methodology Core conducts and supports research into the causes and contributing factors of Veteran homelessness; assesses the effectiveness of programs; and serves as a resource center for all research activities carried out by the Department of Veterans Affairs and by other Federal and non-Federal entities with respect to Veteran homelessness. The Center is focused on four areas of inquiry:

  • Predictive analytics — using large administrative data sets (i.e. “big data”) to develop predictive models that will be able to pre-emptively identify individual Veterans before an adverse event occurs so that a preventative intervention can be provided. 
  • Population modeling — providing a greater understanding of the needs and trends among subpopulations of homeless Veterans, including women, rural, OEF/OIF/OND, aged, and those with specific clinical conditions and needs.
  • Systems efficiencies and effectiveness — looking specifically at how well different VA programs and medical centers interact and coordinate efforts to achieve optimal results in housing and keeping housed homeless Veterans.
  • Program evaluation and implementation research — ensuring that new models of care are being evaluated with substantial rigor to see that best practices are being identified and replicated with high fidelity.

 
Jack Tsai, Ph.D. - Director of Research, National Center on Homelessness among Veterans (New)

   Jack Tsai, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Health Services Researcher and will serve as Director, Research and Methodology Core with the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans.  In this role, Dr. Tsai will have responsibility for developing, coordinating, and implementing all aspects of the Center’s research, including oversight of collaborative efforts with scientists and researchers at other agencies and institutions.  Dr. Tsai’s primary role will be in meeting a significant function of the Center’s authorizing legislative intent in carrying out and promoting research into the causes and contributing factors to Veteran homelessness.

Dr. Tsai has been affiliated with the National Center on Homelessness among Veterans since its creation in 2009 when he was the Center’s first fellow. He has held several research and administrative roles in the VA, and has over a decade of clinical experience providing direct patient care to veterans. He is currently based at VA Connecticut and serves on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine where he is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Division of Mental Health Services Research. Dr. Tsai has published extensively on housing and healthcare services for homeless veterans. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless, and is Associate Editor for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.




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