My research focuses on understanding and addressing the contextual factors like social support and policy that affect health and health behavior. I recently completed a 5-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award. During the award our team engaged Veterans to develop a behavioral weight loss program for Veterans with PTSD called MOVE!+UP. We recently launched a VA Merit-funded study to test MOVE!+UP in a hybrid effectiveness and implementation randomized controlled trial. I am also PI on a VA Merit pragmatic clinical trial to test a remote behavioral weight loss intervention among 500 Veterans with obesity. I am Principal Investigator for an HSR&D- and MIRECC-funded survey study that examines the role of social and neighborhood factors in prevention and management of chronic disease among Veterans. I am fortunate to work with Veterans with PTSD as a staff psychologist in the VA Puget Sound-Seattle PTSD Outpatient Clinic. Lastly, I have an interest in maximizing research impact by communicating about science to the public and policymakers.
PhD, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2010
MPH, San Diego State University, School of Public Health, 2009
BA, Connecticut College, 2001
VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division Psychology Internship and Fellowship Program
VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.
I believe in competency-based training that capitalizes on trainees’ unique strengths and skillsets. I believe that experiential learning is a powerful tool, providing the opportunity for direct observation and feedback, modeling, and bidirectional learning.
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Robustelli BL, Campbell SB, Greene PA, Sayre GG, Sulayman N, Hoerster KD
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Gray KE, Hoerster KD, Taylor L, Krieger J, Nelson KM
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Chen JA, Jakupcak M, McCann R, Fickel JJ, Simons CE, Campbell DG, Stryczek KC, Hoerster KD, Chaney EF, Oishi SM, Miner MN, Bonner LM, Fortney JC, Felker BL
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Hoerster KD, Tanksley L, Sulayman N, Bondzie J, Brier M, Damschroder L, Coggeshall S, Houseknecht D, Hunter-Merrill R, Monty G, Saelens BE, Sayre G, Simpson T, Wong E, Nelson K
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Firth CL, Baquero B, Berney R, Hoerster KD, Mooney SJ, Winters M
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