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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Amy L. Byers, PhD, MPH

Staff Researcher, Mental Health Service, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

Clinical epidemiology, Geriatric psychiatry, Biostatistics

Dr. Byers is an epidemiologist with a background in aging research, methods and biostatistics. Her research focuses on the epidemiology of late-life mental health—using advanced epidemiological and biostatistical techniques to determine the prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of late-life mental health disorders, with the aim of reducing the burden of these disorders by informing long-term clinical care.  As a clinical epidemiologist studying geropsychiatry with an expertise in mathematical epidemiology, Dr. Byers has been heavily involved in research to determine nationally representative estimates of psychiatric disorders and health care utilization among older community-dwelling adults.  

Dr. Byers was the recipient of an NIH K01 Career Development award, which involved the application of advanced methodology to address complex clinical questions on the onset, course, and outcomes of geriatric depression.  Recently, Dr. Byers was awarded a NIH R01 to study the prevalence and key predictors of suicide-related behaviors in ethnically-diverse older Americans, and to study mental health services use in those older Americans at increased risk of suicide.  In addition, she was recently awarded a Department of Defense Grant to study late-life PTSD and adverse health outcomes, including morbidity, mortality, and health services utilization, among U.S. Veterans.  This study is the first comprehensive longitudinal examination of late-life PTSD and adverse health outcomes in U.S. Veterans.  Dr. Byers has had her research published in several prestigious journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and Archives of General Psychiatry.

To see Dr. Byers on PubMed, click here.