Laura J. Myers, PhD

Assistant Research Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

     Dr. Myers is an epidemiologist and Assistant Research Professor of Medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is a Research Scientist in the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research and the VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication. She has extensive knowledge and experience with the structure, coding and analysis of VA administrative data and directs the data management core for the VA Center of Excellence. Dr. Myers uses national VA and VA-CMS administrative databases to conduct studies focused on quality and outcomes in stroke and cancer.

Active Projects

I. VA HSR&D                                            10/01/2009 - 09/30/2013

"Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice" (PI: Michael Weiner)

The mission of this center grant is to improve healthcare provided to veterans through discovery, evaluation, implementation, and sustained adoption of best practices to improve healthcare quality and effectiveness in health care systems. Role: Co-investigator.


II. VA HSR&D                                           03/01/2007 - 09/30/2011

"Adapting Tools to Implement Stroke Risk Management for Veterans" (PI: Teresa Damush)

The goal is to develop a tailored, stroke risk factor management program for veterans after stroke and implement in two VA facilities. Role: Co-Investigator.


III. Stroke QUERI RRP                               07/01/2010 - 01/31/2012

"Management and Outcomes of Veterans with Transient Ischemic Attack" (PI: Eric Cheng)

The goal of this project is to determine whether veterans with TIA receive appropriate and timely diagnostic work-up and management of risk factors. Information available in national administrative data will be validated with information obtained via chart-review. Role: Co-Investigator/Site-PI.


IV. VA HSR&D PPO                                    01/01/2011 - 12/31/2011

"Demand, Cost, and Access of Radiotherapy in VA, Fee, & Non-VA Facilities" (PI: Dustin French)

The goal of this pilot project is to assess use of radiation therapy by colorectal cancer patients within and outside the VA healthcare system and to assess healthcare costs for radiotherapy within each system of care. Role: Co-Investigator.


V. Stroke QUERI RRP                                 04/01/2010 - 09/30/2011

"Stroke Care Quality within the Veterans Health Administration System" (PI: Dawn Bravata)

This project is using the OQP Stroke Special Project data to examine patterns in stroke care across the continuum of care, identify facility characteristics associated with high quality stroke care, and examine
disparities in stroke care quality and outcomes. Role: Co-PI.

Selected Publications                               |                           PubMed List coming soon >>


  1. Haggstrom D, Rosenman M, Myers L, Teal E, Doebbeling B.  VA-INPC: Linking Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Indiana Network for Patient Care (INPC) data to assess surveillance testing among veterans with colorectal cancer. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2010;266-270.
  2. Jones LE, Carney Doebbeling C. Beyond the Traditional Prognostic Indicators: The Impact of Primary Care Utilization on Cancer Survival; Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2007;25(36):5793-5799.
  3. Jones LE, Carney Doebbeling C. Patterns of Primary Care Utilization and Indications for Utilization Before and After Lung Cancer Diagnosis; European Journal of Cancer Care. 2009;18:165-173.
  4. Jones LE, Carney Doebbeling C. Suboptimal Depression Screening Following Cancer Diagnosis. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2007; 29(6):547-554.
  5. Flanagan J, Gray PK, Hahn N, Hayes J, Myers LJ, Carney-Doebbeling C, Sweeney CJ. “Presence of the metabolic syndrome is associated with shorter time to castrate resistant prostate cancer”. Ann Oncol. 2011;4:801-807
  6. Jones LE, Clarke W, Carney CP.  Receipt of diabetes services by insured adults with and without claims for mental disorders.  Medical Care 2004;42:1167-1175
  7. Jones LE, Carney CP. Increased Risk for Metabolic Syndrome in Persons Seeking Care for Mental Disorders. Annals of Clinical Psychiatry. 2006;18(3):149-155.
  8. Carney CP. Jones LE. Woolson RF. Medical Comorbidity in Women and Men with Schizophrenia: A Population-Based Controlled Study. JGIM. 2006;21: 1133-1137.
  9. Jones LE, Turvey C, Carney Doebbeling C. Inadequate Follow-Up Care for Depression & Its Impact on Antidepressant Treatment Duration among Veterans with and without Diabetes Mellitus in the Veterans Health Administration. General Hospital Psychiatry. 2006;26(6): 465-474
  10. Jones LE, Carney Doebbeling C. Depression Screening Disparities among Veterans with Diabetes as Compared to the General Veteran Population. Diabetes Care. 2007; 30(9): 2216-2221.

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