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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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John Robert McQuaid, PhD

Acting Chief, Mental Health, SFVAHCS
Vice Chair for Adult Psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.

Cognitive-behavior Therapy

Dr. McQuaid completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of California, San Diego, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Oregon, and his internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. From 1995 to 2009 he served on the faculty of the University of California, San Diego and as a staff member at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, moving into the role of Associate Chief of Psychology at the VA in 2004.

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 to 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.

Dr. McQuaid is the author of A Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression (2004) and Cognitive-Behavioral Social Skills Training for Schizophrenia (2016). 

To view Dr. McQuaid on Pub Med, click here.