VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Jessica’s work focuses on using quantitative and qualitative methods to assess outcomes related to the implementation of evidenced-based behavioral health treatments, especially through controlled trials in novel settings. She is also interested in identifying and reducing racial and ethnic health disparities. She currently has a VA HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA 15-257) focused on engaging veterans in behavioral health services, namely weight management, through an online self-help tool. She loves being an IRI fellow because she has learned so much about implementation science and has been able to connect with other researchers interested in using implementation science to address health disparities. Having an IRI mentor has also been a wonderful experience that has exposed her to new ideas and theories related to evaluating complex interventions.
Jessica is a Core Investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System where she is an active participant in Ci2i’s Implementation Science Interest Group (co-chaired by IRI faculty member, Mark McGovern). She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a psychologist licensed in California (PSY26786). Dr. Breland received her PhD in psychology from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ and completed her clinical internship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.