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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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Ellen D. Herbst, MD

Associate Chief, Addiction Recovery Treatment Services, SFVAHCS
Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF

Novel Preventive and Early Treatment Approaches

Dr. Herbst is a clinician-researcher whose areas of study include health promotion and novel preventive and early treatment approaches to address posttraumatic stress (PTS), addictive disorders, and related conditions in active duty and recently returned combat veterans. Her clinical experiences treating veterans with addiction in the Addiction Recovery Treatment Services and Post-9/11 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan at the Student Veteran Health Program at City College directly inform her research interests. Current projects include a feasibility study assessing mobile technology as a treatment vehicle for smoking cessation in veterans with PTSD; a qualitative study evaluating the acceptability of a deployment anxiety reduction intervention for active duty military; and a mixed-methods study examining military acculturation.

To see Dr. Herbst on Pub Med, click here.