By Stephanie Abraham

Rebecca Sripada, Ph.D., Recieves MIP Scholars Award for Innovative PTSD Treatment in Federally Qualified Health Centers

Congratulations to Rebecca Sripada, Ph.D., assistant professor with the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry and research scientist at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research, who is the 2018 recipient of the Michigan Mental Health Integration Partnership (MIP) Scholars Award. The MIP Scholars Award supports U-M faculty implementing and evaluating mental health services that promote integrated care and seek to improve access to evidence-based practices for lower income and Medicaid eligible populations with behavioral health care needs in the state of Michigan.

The $50,000 award provided by the U-M Comprehensive Depression Center Eisenberg Fund is now in the process of being matched 1:1 with Michigan Medicaid funds. Dr. Sripada's project, "Implementing Treatment in FQHCs for Michigan Medicaid Enrollees' will start in fall 2018 at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC's) throughout Michigan. The project focuses on expanding access to trauma-informed treatment among Medicaid beneficiaries with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by evaluating the delivery and sustainability of a brief trauma-focused treatment, Prolonged Exposure for Primary Care (PE-PC), via telehealth. About Dr. Rebecca Sripada Rebecca K. Sripada, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry, a research scientist at the VA Center for Clinical Management Research, and a clinical psychologist at the Ann Arbor VA. She obtained her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and completed a postdoctoral fellowship as a VA Advanced Fellow at the VA Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC). Her research addresses access to care, quality of care, and predictors of treatment response for individuals with PTSD. She is also the principal investigator for a VA Career Development Award examining quality of care and predictors of treatment response in VA residential PTSD programs. Dr. Sripada is also a member of the U-M Depression Center.