Staff-Spotlight

Staff Spotlight

Gala True, PhD, is an affiliated faculty investigator with the Tulane Prevention Research Center (PRC). She is Research Associate Professor of Medicine and an Investigator with the South Central Mental Illness Research and Education Center (MIRECC) and the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System (SLVHCS). Dr. True is a social scientist with over 15 years of experience conducting health services research with vulnerable populations. Her work focuses on improving access to care and the health of individuals and communities through patient-centered and community-engaged research approaches. Her most recent research employs participatory action research methods to collaborate with Veterans and other key stakeholders on identifying barriers to post-deployment care and proposing solutions for improving community reintegration after separation from military service. Dr. True has extensive expertise in qualitative and community-engaged research methods including participant observation, Photovoice and photo-elicitation, individual and dyadic interviews, and focus groups. She frequently collaborates with colleagues to incorporate qualitative and mixed methods research design into health services research. She mentors junior investigators on the use of visual and narrative data in health research, and serves on the Advisory Board of several national organizations focused on the role of arts and creativity in promoting recovery from trauma. She is also Project Director of From War to Home, a traveling exhibit of Veterans’ photo-narratives focused on how military service and deployment impact health, challenges in making the transition to civilian life, and sources of support and healing. The exhibit has been installed in dozens of galleries and medical centers since 2010, and the project includes an ongoing collaboration between Dr. True and Veterans who contributed to the exhibit. Prior to joining Tulane, Dr. True was a Core Investigator with the VA’s Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (2007-2015), Co-Director of the Qualitative Core for the VISN 4 Center for Evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (2009-2014), and Research Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia (2011-2015).

Contact: jtrue@tulane.edu

Topics:   community health , health communication , policy

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