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VISN 4 MIRECC Research

The VISN 4 MIRECC engages in and supports research to advance the understanding and treatment of mental illness through Precision Mental Health Care. Importantly, the Center provides infrastructure support, including staff and research space for investigators, in-kind support through MIRECC research assistant effort, and expertise to new MIRECC-associated investigators who wish to conduct their first research project in a VA facility. The VISN 4 MIRECC also has a VISN-funded pilot project fund program. MIRECC investigators also collaborate with the Behavioral Health Laboratory (BHL) to recruit and conduct studies with the referred primary care Veterans assessed by the BHL. Last, the MIRECC also provides direct investment of funds and research assistant effort in support of promising projects not otherwise supported by the MIRECC.

The theme of the MIRECC, Precision Mental Health Care, is reflected in a range of key studies. A list of Research Investigators can be found on these pages among the MIRECC Faculty (Philadelphia Investigators or Pittsburgh Investigators).

For more information about the MIRECC Pilot Project Fund and application, please email

For those for those who are interested in applying for the VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the Philadelphia or Pittsburgh sites, a complete list of potential mentors can be found on the pages among the MIRECC faculty (Philadelphia Investigators or Pittsburgh Investigators).


Henry Kranzler, M.D.
Co-Associate Director for Research
Philadelphia VAMC
215-823-5800 Ext. 6865

Vishwajit Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Associate Director for Research
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System