Dr. Hermes is an investigator at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System and affiliated with the VA New England Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC) and the VA Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Hermes received his medical degree from the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine in 2000, and was an active-duty flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force for seven years. He went went on to complete a residency in psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Hermes investigates trends in the utilization of VA mental healthcare. He is interested in evaluating current approaches to the use of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapies in real-world clinical settings as well as the implementation and evaluation of novel treatments. His past work has focused on assessing how providers use pharmacologic agents, such as second-generation antipsychotics and sedative-hypnotics in real-world clinical practice, especially in contexts where use may be complicated by side-effects, such as obesity, or driven by clinical problems such as insomnia. The recent surge in the development of internet-based self-help programs has provided Dr. Hermes with the opportunity to evaluate the implementation and outcomes of this novel therapeutic platform in VA integrated mental health and primary care contexts where he currently works. In 2013, he received a VA VISN 1 Career Development Award (VICDA2012-17) to study the implementation and clinical outcomes of an internet-based self-help program for the treatment of insomnia. In 2016, he received VA HSR&D Career development to support his research efforts.