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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

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.

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.

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.

Melissa Dichter and Gala True: "This is the story of why my military career ended before it should have:” Premature Separation from Military Service among U.S. Women Veterans. AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work Forthcoming, 2014.

Eva Bugos, Rosemary Frasso, Elizabeth FitzGerald, Gala True, Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, Carolyn Cannuscio: Practical Guidance and Ethical Considerations for Studies Using Photo-Elicitation Interviews. Preventing Chronic Disease Forthcoming, 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.

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Last updated: 10/22/2014
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