VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research
Harvard Medical School
Bo Kim, PhD, is a mental health services researcher at the VA Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research (CHOIR), and an Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS). With an academic background in systems science and engineering, her research interests are in applying multidisciplinary methodologies toward studying the quality and implementation of mental health services.
One area of increasing focus for her research is optimal transitions between care settings — (i) establishing the evidence for when and for whom care transitions are appropriate, (ii) investigating the knowledge on how best to conduct transitions and monitor their impact, and (iii) effectively implementing evidence-based care transition practices into routine care. These overarching themes connect to much of her work as a junior investigator for VA’s Behavioral Health and Bridging the Care Continuum Quality Enhancement Research Initiative programs (QUE 15-289 and QUE 15-284, respectively, funded 2015-2020).
Being an IRI fellow, she actively shares her implementation science experience as a member of CHOIR’s Committee to Examine Implementation Science Training and as faculty teaching implementation research methods to fellow HMS investigators and psychiatry residents. She is excited to be a part of the growing IRI community through which she can continue to develop her proficiency in implementation models and frameworks, multi-modal implementation strategies for translating research findings into practice, and mixed-methods approaches to implementation evaluation.