Implementation Science Work Group


Implementation Science Work Group


Jorielle Houston
Amanda Midboe

Project Manager:

Lily Katsovich

Work Group Co-Chairs – Qualifications and Experience

LCDR Jorielle Houston, PhD is a Clinical Psychologist in the U.S. Public Health Service and Section Chief of the Practice-Based Implementation (PBI) Network at the Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE). LCDR Houston has over 16 years of experience in behavioral health across the federal government, academia and consultation services. She served as the Associate Managing Editor for the first ever Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to this, LCDR Houston conducted NIH-funded research at Morgan State University’s Center for Health Disparities Solutions and the Drug Abuse Research Program. She has served as adjunct professor at Howard University and Johns Hopkins University.

Amanda Midboe, PhD is a clinical/health psychologist at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), affiliated with Stanford University. She is a Co-PI of two VA QUERI programs (implementation science branch of research and QI in the VA), including one focused on improving pain-related outcomes in Veterans. Across her 10 years at the VA she has led research and quality improvement projects related to chronic pain and risky opioid prescribing in the VA and acquired expertise in implementation science and medical informatics. Her work has included evaluations in various stages, including basic research and pre-implementation work, and she understands the value of identifying potential implementation challenges as early as possible.

Work Group Goals

The IS WG supports the PMC projects in developing and integrating state-of-the-science dissemination and implementation methods and practices that will facilitate the uptake of evidence-based findings into healthcare settings with the aim of improving health and well-being of service members and veterans. First and foremost, the Co-Chairs will provide Project PIs with IS consultation on each of the PMC projects. Collaboratively, the aims and deliverables for the IS WG will be developed. The collective work across the projects will help inform policy guidance and best practices for the military and veteran health care systems.