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John R. McQuaid, PhD (center)

June 28, 2017

Dr. McQuaid received the Patrick DeLeon Advocacy Award for 2017, which is awarded “to the individual who has demonstrated, through professional and personal actions, a commitment to advocating for the mental health services and welfare of this nation’s Veterans. The individual receiving this award should have shown a commitment to influence policy and/or resource allocation decisions within political, economic, organizational, and social systems and institutions both outside and within the VA for the betterment of services to our Veterans. Further, through these efforts this individual has also highlighted the vital role that psychologists and psychological services have in the delivery of effective services to Veterans.”

Patrick DeLeon was a former president of the American Psychological Association (APA) and a trailblazer in the field of psychology. He is known for his work to expand opportunities for psychology practice, to increase federal support for the Graduate Psychology Education program and to initiate APA’s Congressional Fellowship Program.

John R. McQuaid, Ph.D. is the Acting Chief of the Mental Health Service at the San Francisco VA Health Care System and Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco. He is also a member of the NCIRE Board of Directors.

Dr. McQuaid’s research has focused on designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions for psychological and behavioral problems, including dual diagnosis conditions (depression and substance dependence), psychosis, anxiety disorders, high risk sex behaviors, and phantom limb pain.  He is currently a Site Investigator for a VA multi-site study comparing forms of therapy (cognitive processing therapy and prolonged exposure) for the treatment of PTSD. Dr. McQuaid’s clinical and teaching expertise is in cognitive-behavioral interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. He has directed psychotherapy clinics at the San Diego VA and the San Francisco VA since 1995. Throughout his career, he has provided both didactic training and clinical supervision to nursing, psychiatry, psychology and social work trainees and staff in cognitive-behavioral and related interventions. He has also served as a member of VA and APA task forces to establish guidelines for the treatment of depression. Dr. McQuaid is Secretary of the Association of VA Psychologist Leaders, and formerly served as president of the organization.

NCIRE is proud to support his work and grateful for his service. Congratulations to Dr. McQuaid for this distinct honor!

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June 28, 2017