February 7 - Dr. Ursula Myers

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences   |  Grand Rounds Series

"Project THRIVE: Telemental Healthcare Reaching to Increase Veteran Engagement"

Friday, Feb 7, 2020 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location Institute of Psychiatry-1st Floor Auditorium, 67 President Street Charleston, SC 29425

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosts bimonthly Grand Rounds that span the academic year.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences hosts bimonthly Grand Rounds that span the academic year. Join us as we host Dr. Ursula Myers. Demand for mental health services for psychiatric disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the VHA has increased 10% each year since 2005. To meet this growing demand for PTSD specialty care, and based on early studies demonstrating the efficacy of telemental healthcare, VHA has begun implementing telemental services nationwide via VA Video Connect (VVC), which is the VA’s platform for video-teleconferencing to non VA locations such as the home or workplace. VVC has the potential to further reduce barriers to care by eliminating drive time, decreasing time needed for appointments. We will discuss potential challenges raised by both veterans and providers, as well as possible ways to improve implementation of VVC going forward.

The Medical University of South Carolina designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1.0 Credit(s)™. At the completion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

1. Explain the utility of telemental healthcare for veterans with PTSD.

2. Identify reasons why providers and veterans may each be satisfied and/or dissatisfied with services provided via telehealth.

Unable to attend in person? Register for our live stream. Go to: https://musc.webex.com    

Session Number: 645 763 840

Session Password: TrcadpS7


Ursula S. Myers, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), Associate Director of the Telehealth Research Collaborative funded through VA Health Services Research and Development, and clinical psychologist in the PTSD clinic at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center (VAMC). Dr. Myers received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of New Mexico, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the UC San Diego/San Diego State University Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and completed her internship at the Charleston Consortium Clinical Psychology Internship Program with MUSC and the Ralph H. Johnson VAMC. Dr. Myers’ research and clinical interests are focused on improving psychotherapy engagement, retention, and treatment- and cost-effectiveness for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related issues. Dr. Myers has published over 20 papers examining mental health issues with veterans, and is the recipient of a number of awards including the John C. Roitzsch Memorial Scientist-Practitioner Award and the MUSC Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium Best Supervisor Award. Dr. Myers was awarded the VISN 7 Research Development Award, studying the utilization, economic impact, and satisfaction of clinical video telemental health for veterans with PTSD.