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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Researcher to Receive 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scient

July 25, 2012

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Amy Kilbourne, PhD, MPH, Associate Director, Serious Mental Illness Treatment Resource and Evaluation Center (SMITREC), part of the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System’s Center for Clinical Management Research (CCMR), Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School, has been named as a recipient of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

The PECASE awards were established in 1996. Eleven federal agencies nominate "the most meritorious scientists and engineers whose early accomplishments show the greatest promise for assuring America's preeminence in science and engineering and contributing to the awarding agencies' missions," according to a White House news release issued Monday.

The awardees were "selected for their pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and their commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach," according to the White House news release.
Kilbourne's research focuses on improving medical and psychiatric outcomes for persons with serious mental illness through integrated care models. To that end, she has proposed and implemented novel psychosocial interventions for bipolar disorder that combine best practices in care management and behavioral medicine. Her research also focuses on measuring and improving quality of care, dissemination, and implementation of mental health care models.

Kilbourne is 1 of 96 recipients for this year’s PECASE awards. Her award marks the second consecutive year that a researcher from the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System has received this prestigious award. She will travel to Washington D.C., next week to receive the award from the President.