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VISN 1 MIRECC Staff: Jay Gorman, Ph.D.
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Jay Gorman, Ph.D.
Dr. Jay Gorman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist at the VA Bedford Health Care System in the Veterans Mental Health and Addictions Program. He is also a Research Investigator for the VISN1 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his doctoral internship at the Butner Federal Correctional Complex. His clinical research focuses on social integration, community building strategies, developing social support systems for Veterans managing isolation, loneliness, addiction, and mental health concerns. Dr. Gorman also has a background in working with Veterans living with serious mental illness and organizations that offer opportunities for those living with mental health concerns opportunities for friendship, employment, and education. Dr. Gorman is an active member of the National Peer Support Services’ Think Tank, coordinated by the VHA Office of Peer Support Services. Further, Dr. Gorman serves as a community reintegration consultant on a VA Health Services Research & Development funded multi-stakeholder partnership to enhance Veteran community reintegration research that seeks to identify and overcome delays in improving VA policies, programs, and services.
- B.A., Psychology, Boston University, 2008
- M.A., General Psychology, American University, 2012
- Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, American University, 2015
Areas of Research Interest
- Social Connection
- Community Capacity Building
- Community Reintegration
Projects & Grants
- Building Capacity and Sustaining Veteran-led Community-Based Social Groups (PI)
An Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention project to disseminate and spread a community-based and Veteran-led social intervention across multiple U.S. regions. 2021 – 2022.
- Veteran Outreach Into the Community to Expand Social Support (VOICES): A Community Engagement Intervention (PI)
An Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention demonstration project to create and develop a manual to build social support for and with Veterans in the community through Peer Specialist and Veteran-led social groups. 2019 – 2021.
- Boosted Community Reintegration (PI)
Funded by the VA Innovation Center, this was a pilot project designed to use contingency management principles to facilitate community reintegration for Veterans living in a transitional residence. 2017-2018.