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Gala True, PhD

Gala True, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
VA Medical Center, 3900 Woodland Ave
Building 4100
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-823-5800 #5780
Education:
B.A. (Anthropology and Psychology)
University of California at Berkeley, 1993.
M.A. (Folklore and Folklife)
University of Pennsylvania, 1998.
Ph.D. (Folklore and Folklife)
University of Pennsylvania, 2000.
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Description of Research Expertise

Gala True is a medical anthropologist and folklorist whose research focuses on the role of narrative and ethnography to reduce barriers to care and improve post-deployment health outcomes for combat veterans. She recently completed an intervention study investigating the use of Life Story interviews to decrease social anxiety and PTSD symptoms for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her current work involves using visual images and first-person narratives to sensitize VA clinicians to deployment and post-deployment experiences and perspectives of returning combat veterans, and to promote patient-centered care at the VA.

Selected Publications

R. Tyson Smith and Gala True: Warring Identities: Identity Conflict and the Mental Distress of American Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Society and Mental Health 4(2): 147-161, July 2014 Notes: http://smh.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/01/09/2156869313512212.

Rachel Werner, Anne Canamucio, Judy Shea, and Gala True: The Medical Home Transformation in the Veterans Health Administration: An Evaluation of Early Changes in Primary Care Delivery. Health Services Research January 2014 Notes: Article first published online : 30 JAN 2014, DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12155.

Gala True, Greg Stewart, Michelle Lampman, Mary Pelak, Samantha Solimeo: Teamwork and Delegation in Medical Homes: Primary Care Staff Perspectives in the Veterans Health Administration. Journal of General Internal Medicine 29(2): 632-639, 2014.

Anneliese Butler, Anne Canamucio, David Macpherson, Jennifer Skoko, Gala True: Primary Care Staff Perspectives on a Virtual Collaborative to Support Medical Home Implementation. Journal of General Internal Medicine 29(2): 579-588, 2014.

Amy Corcoran and Gala True: Geriatric Palliative Care: What Do Medical Students Find Most Meaningful From A Hospice Experience? Research in Medical Education Annual Meeting November 2013.

Gala True: From War to Home: Photos and Stories of Deployment and Homecoming from U.S. Veterans of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting November 2013.

Moriarty, H, Winter, L, True, G: Using Mixed Methods to Enhance Understanding of the Impact of Family Interventions and Processes During Interventions. International Family Nursing Conference June 2013.

Anneliese Butler, David Macpherson, Jennifer Skoko, Gala True: A Virtual Learning Collaborative to Facilitate Organizational Change at the Veterans Health Administration: Views from Frontline Primary Care Staff. Academy Health Annual Meeting June 2013.

Gala True, Greg Stewart, Michelle Lampman, Mary Pelak, Samantha Solimeo: The Role of Delegation in Promoting Enhanced Clinic Access in Medical Homes: Perspectives from Primary Care Providers and Nurses in teh Veterans Health Administration. Academy Health Annual Meeting June 2013.

Gala True and Ellen Fritch: Understanding and Addressing Barriers to Care for Iraq and Afghan War Veterans: Findings from a Photovoice Study. Academy Health Annual Meeting June 2013.

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Last updated: 06/30/2014
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