Eric Hermes

Yale University School of Medicine
VA New England Research

eric.hermes@yale.edu

Dr. Hermes is focused on improving the access to and quality of mental health services. His research, pedagogy, and clinical work is at the nexus of cutting-edge technology-driven care, the integration of mental health services in primary care, and quality improvement for psychopharmacologic prescribing. 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 on to complete a residency in psychiatry at Yale University and research fellowships supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Veterans Health Administration (VA). Dr. Hermes’ research is currently focused on the developing and testing strategies for implementing digital therapeutic interventions (e.g. behavioral intervention technology, internet-based interventions, mhealth) in healthcare systems as a way to increase access and improve the quality of mental health services. 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. In Dr. Hermes’ educational and clinical work, he trains psychiatry residents using telepsychiatry in integrated mental health in primary care settings. His work is supported by a VA Health Services Research and Development Career Development Award and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. He is affiliated with the VA VISN 1 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC); Pain Research, Informatics, Multi-morbidities, and Education (PRIME) Center, and the VA Northeast Program Evaluation Center (NEPEC).