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  • Karen Chan Osilla

    Karen Chan Osilla

    Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Osilla conducts health services research with a focus on delivering substance use services to underserved populations using innovative solutions that decrease health access disparities. Dr. Osilla has been conducting addictions research since 2006 and has been involved in clinical trials evaluating cognitive behavioral therapy, collaborative care, and motivational interviewing interventions (web and in-person) among youth, adult, military, family members, and other hard-to-reach populations.

  • Lilya Osipov

    Lilya Osipov

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Bio Dr. Osipov is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University Medical Center. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship at Stanford University. Dr. Osipov specializes in evaluation of children, adolescents and adults with eating disorders, obesity, and emotion dysregulation. Her current research interests focus on processes maintaining disordered eating behaviors and assessment and intervention with bariatric surgery candidates.

  • Michael Ostacher

    Michael Ostacher

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)

    Bio Dr. Ostacher is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is the Site Director for the Addiction Medicine Fellowship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, where he also serves as the Medical Director of the Pharmacology of Addiction Recovery Clinic, the Director of the Bipolar and Depression Research Program and the Director of Advanced Fellowship Training in Mental Illness Research and Treatment for MDs for the VISN 21 MIRECC, and the Site Director at the VA Palo Alto for Advanced Fellowship Training for Stanford. A graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Health, and Harvard Medical School, he completed his training at The Cambridge Health Alliance at Harvard Medical School in Adult Psychiatry, Public Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry, and is currently board certified in Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine. He is the Digital Content Editor for the journal Evidence-Based Mental Health and is on the editorial boards of Bipolar Disorders, the International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Current Psychiatry, and Psychiatric Annals. His current research includes roles as Site Investigator for VA-BRAVE, multicenter, randomized trial comparing long-acting injectable buprenorphine to sublingual buprenorphine/naloxone, and as a Co-investigator for PRIME-VA, a 21-site study of pharmacogenomics in the treatment of major depressive disorder. With funding from NIDA, he studies, along with Jaimee Heffner, Ph.D. at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, smoking cessation in people with bipolar disorder using a novel online psychotherapy derived from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. His primary research interest is in large clinical trials mental health and addiction, and the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices.

  • Marcela C. Otero

    Marcela C. Otero

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychiatry

    Bio Dr. Otero is an Advanced Postdoctoral Fellow at the Sierra Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, jointly affiliated with the Stanford University School of Medicine. Upon earning a B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, she was awarded the NIH Post-Baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award and completed a research fellowship in the Unit on Affective Neuroscience at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she conducted research on cognitive and affective processing in generalized anxiety disorder and social anxiety disorder. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate research, partly supported by a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, investigated emotional reactivity and regulation in neurodegenerative disease using physiological and behavioral methodologies, and subjective self-report. Her secondary line of research examined the adverse effects of patient socioemotional deficits on caregiver mental health, and the association between positive interpersonal processes and long-term marital satisfaction. Dr. Otero?s current research interests include identifying the cognitive and affective mechanisms underlying emotion dysregulation in late-life psychopathology, particularly anxiety and depression, and the development of behavioral interventions aimed at promoting wellbeing in Veterans and their loved ones.

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