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Leadership & Staff | South Central MIRECC


The South Central MIRECC was funded in 1998 and encompasses all or parts of four states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. The Center has anchor sites at three medical centers in Houston, Little Rock, and New Orleans. It is closely aligned with the VISN 16 Mental Health Product Line, which oversees the delivery of mental health care and the facility Mental Health Directors.



Site Leaders


Dr. Michael Cucciare

Acting Director and Associate Director for Research Training
Michael A. Cucciare, PhD |


Dr. Jan Lindsay

Jan Lindsay, PhD


Dr. Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali

Associate Director for Education
Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, MD |


Dr. Jennifer Bryan

Assistant Director for Education
Jennifer "Jenn" Bryan, PhD


Dr. Jeffrey Cully

Associate Director for Improving Clinical Care
Jeffrey A. Cully, PhD


Dr. Jeff Pyne

Associate Director for Research
Jeffrey Pyne, MD


Dr. Brandon Griffin

Assistant Director for Research
Brandon Griffin, PhD


Dr. Lilian Dindo

Houston Site Leader
Lilian Dindo, PhD |


Dr. Jeff Pyne

Little Rock Site Leader
Jeffrey Pyne, MD


Dr. Laurel Franklin

New Orleans Site Leader
C. Laurel Franklin, PhD


VISN 16 SC MIRECC Administrative Officer
Kristin Ward


Houston Anchor Site Administrative Officer
Kendall R. Moore


SC MIRECC Budget Officer
Dale Perkins



Last updated: July 18, 2024