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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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Timothy P. Carmody, PhD

Director, Health Psychology, Mental Health Service, SFVAHCS

Health Sciences Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF


Smoking Cessation and Pain Management

Dr. Carmody has two areas of research: treatment of tobacco use and management of chronic pain, both of which are vital to the health of veterans. He is a nationally-recognized leader in smoking cessation research and has been involved in several studies investigating various combinations of medications and behavioral counseling in the treatment of nicotine addiction. His smoking cessation research has focused on alternative and innovative interventions designed to help ex-smokers to maintain abstinence, including the use of text messaging, hypnosis, and contingency management programs.  He has also been involved in the development of tobacco use cessation interventions for smokers with substance use disorders in early recovery.  In the area of pain management, he has conducted studies on the efficacy of face-to-face and telephone-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for veterans who suffer from chronic pain. 

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