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Gala True, PhD

Gala True, PhD

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Research Assistant Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care Network
1555 Poydras St. Room 827
New Orleans, LA 70112
Office: 504-988-3474
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

Melissa Dichter, Clara Wagner, Gala True: Timing of Intimate Partner Violence in Relationship to Military Service among Women Veterans Military Medicine. Military Medicine forthcoming, 2015.

Gala True: ‘Ticking Time Bombs:’ Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans and the Publics of Alarm. Oral Presentation, American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Washinton, DC. December 2014.

Mitchell, M.A., Broyles, L.M., Rodriguez, K., True, G., Hedayati, D., Conley, J. & Gordon, A.J.: Homeless Veterans’ Opinions of Integrated Care Environments: A photo-narrative study. Poster presentation at the 2014 Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2014.

Mitchell, M.A., Broyles, L.M., True, G., Rodriguez, K., Hedayati, D. & Gordon, A.J. : Health Care for Homeless Veterans: A Photo-Narrative Study to Collect Patients’ Perspectives and Experiences with Integrated Primary Care Environments. Podium presentation at the International Nurses Society on Addictions 2014 Annual Educational Conference, Washington, DC. October 2014.

Mitchell, M.A., Broyles, L.M., Rodriguez, K., True, G., Hedayati, D., Conley, J. & Gordon, A.: Qualitative and Participatory-based Methods to Understand Perceived Determinants of Health among Homeless Veterans. Oral presentation at the 2014 Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Pittsburgh, PA. October 2014.

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 49(4): 1329–1347, August 2014.

Susan Zickmund, Gala True, Michelle Mengling, Sarah Ono, Kelly Burkitt, Ann Sadler: Low Veteran Recall of VA Screening for Military Sexual Trauma: A Multi-Site Mixed Methods Study Partnerships for Research & Care of Women Veterans: Building the Evidence Base for Clinical and Policy Action July 2014.

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.

Barry Fields, Pratima Pathak, Sue McCloskey, Gala True, Diane Richardson, Samuel Kuna: Remote Ambulatory Management of Veterans with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 28th Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC (APSS) June 2014.

Kenneth Richman, Leslie Alexander, Gala True: How do Street-Level Research Workers Think about the Ethics of Doing Research "On the Ground" with Marginalized Target Populations? American Journal of Bioethics Primary Research Forthcoming, 2014.

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Last updated: 10/05/2015
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