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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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Karen Seal, MD, MPH

Staff Physician, Medical Service, SFVAHCS
Associate Professor in Residence of Medicine and Psychiatry, UCSF


Diagnosing and Treating Mental Health Disorders in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

Dr. Seal’s research focus is in understanding the prevalence and predictors of mental health problems in veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and in the development of interventions to overcome barriers to mental health care among this growing veteran population. She is the Principal Investigator of the Vets Return Home Study, a randomized controlled trial to test the efficacy of telephone-administered motivational interviewing to engage Iraq and Afghanistan veterans with mental health disorders in mental health treatment. Dr. Seal published the first national study on the prevalence of mental health disorders in over 100,000 Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007, and has completed several other national-level analyses of disease prevalence and VA health services utilization in this group of veterans. At SFVAMC, Dr. Seal established and is now Co-Director of the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom Integrated Care Clinic, which provides one-stop primary care, mental health, and social services to Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

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