Project Lead • Elisa Vinson Borah, Ph.D.
Elisa V. Borah is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work’s Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. In addition to serving as project lead for the VSN, she recently conducted an evaluation of the Texas Military Veteran Peer Network, with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and is co-chairing the Fourth Annual Military Social Work Conference at the University of Texas School of Social Work. Elisa is a member of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute’s Veterans Mental Health Task Force.
Elisa earned a Masters in Social Work from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from The University of Texas at Austin. From 2010-2014, Elisa served as director of research at the Ft. Hood site of the STRONG STAR PTSD Research Consortium, a Department of Defense clinical trial research consortium, and as assistant professor within the Division of Behavioral Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Elisa has conducted research related to increasing access to evidence-based behavioral health treatments by examining methods for reducing stigma among service members, the role of military unit cohesion in PTSD treatment gains, and the roles of military organizational culture and behavioral health provider factors on effective implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD within military treatment settings.
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