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VISN 1 MIRECC Staff: Erin D. Reilly, M.Ed., Ph.D.

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Erin D. Reilly, M.Ed., Ph.D.

Dr. Erin D. Reilly is a licensed Psychologist at the VA Bedford HealthCare System. She is also the Education Director for the VISN1 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed her doctoral internship at Duke University Counseling & Psychological Services. The majority of her clinical research focuses on identifying individual, environmental, and interpersonal factors impacting functional and educational improvement, especially with Veterans struggling with pain, sleep, and mental health concerns. Dr. Reilly also has a background in educational technology and student development, specializing in online learning and technology-assisted professional development. Her robotics work was launched from a VISN1 Strategic Objective Research Team Award on the development of a robotics platform for Veteran’s chronic pain management. Her robotics development work has been featured in several media outlets as well, including Psychotherapy Networker and The New Yorker. She is also currently the recipient of a 5-year VA Rehabilitation R&D Career Development Award to develop an online therapeutic intervention for Veterans with chronic pain using an embodied conversation agent as the user’s online guide.


  • B.A., Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies, Clark University, 2008
  • M.Ed., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 2014
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Areas of Research Interest

  • Technology delivered behavioral interventions
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Substance Use, and PTSD
  • Academic functioning and student Veterans

Projects & Grants

  • Developing an Online Therapeutic Intervention for Chronic Pain in Veterans (PI)
    Funded by a Rehabilitation Research and Development (R&D) CDA-2 award to develop, iteratively revise, and evaluate an online Veteran ACT intervention for Chronic Pain for Veterans (VACT-CP). 2019 – 2023.
  • Using Socially-Assistive Robotics to Help Veterans Self-Manage Chronic Pain (PI)
    Funded by a VISN1 Strategic Objective Research Team Award to develop and explore social robotics as a platform for chronic pain management via a pilot feasibility study. 2016 – 2021.
  • Mobile Intervention to Improve Functional Health and Community Engagement of Post-9/11 Veterans with Chronic Insomnia: Does Enhancing Physical Activity Help? (site-PI)
    Funded by the Boston Roybal Center for Active Living, the goal of this project is to investigate whether Veterans with chronic insomnia benefit from mobile-app-based self-management support to enhance sleep alone or coupled with support to increase physical activity. 2017-2019.
  • Promoting a Higher-Level Learning Experience: Investigating the Capabilities, Pedagogical Role, and Validity of Automated Essay Scoring in MOOCs (PI)
    Supported by the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI; funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation), the goal of this study was to pilot test and evaluate the use of automated essay scoring system and algorithms within massive open online courses. 2013 – 2015.

Dr. Reilly's Google Scholar Profile


Mehmet Sofuoglu, M.D., Ph.D.

Megan M. Kelly, Ph.D.
VISN 1 New England MIRECC Co-Director

Erin D. Reilly, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Director for Education

Richard Carson, LCSW
Administrative Officer
203-932-5711 Ext. 4338