"Invisible Wounds of War" and Terri Tanielian Win 2011 HSR Impact Awards from AcademyHealth

February 9, 2011

Cover of Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery

The AcademyHealth Board of Directors gives the Health Services Research (HSR) Impact Award to recognize research that has had a significant impact on health and health care. This year, RAND's Invisible Wounds of War study won the award for improving access to behavioral health care for returning U.S. service members. The project is the first and only large-scale, nongovernmental assessment of the psychological needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and led to policy action by members of Congress, the Department of Defense, the Veterans Administration, and other stakeholders.

The HSR Impact Award is also given to an individual whose research has been successfully translated into health policy, management, or clinical practice. AcademyHealth presented the award to Terri Tanielian, senior social research analyst and co-director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research. She is co-author of Invisible Wounds and also completed a congressionally-mandated evaluation of a TRICARE demonstration to expand access to mental health counselors.

AcademyHealth represents a broad community of people with an interest in and commitment to using health services research to improve health care. Together with its members, AcademyHealth is dedicated to improving the knowledge base of health care decision-making by supporting the professional development of those who conduct and use health services research, advocating for the tools and funding necessary to do this important work, and helping to translate HSR findings into policy and practice.