Naomi Tomoyasu, PhD

Deputy Director of VA HSR&D

Naomi Tomoyasu, PhD, is the Deputy Director of VA’s Health Services Research & Development Service. Prior to coming to HSR&D, she was the Deputy Director of the Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group at the Innovation Center at CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), where she developed and implemented new service delivery and payment models for Medicare patients. She also has served in various management roles at other HHS (Health and Human Services) agencies, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, and at the Health Resources and Services Administration in the Bureau of Primary Health Care. Naomi also was in state government at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in the AIDS Administration, where she managed clinical and prevention programs, as well as the AIDS Drug Assistance and Insurance Assistance programs. Very early in her career, she conducted basic research on the neuroendocrine mechanisms of food intake and body weight regulation. Later, she began implementing more applied research in behavioral medicine and health psychology at the Baltimore VA Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She earned her undergraduate degree in biological sciences at UC Berkeley and her PhD in psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle.