Teresa M. Damush, PhD

Associate Research Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Research Scientist, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication
Co-Principal Investigator, VA HSR&D Precision Monitoring to Transform Care Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (PRIS-M QUERI)

   Dr. Damush is a research health psychologist specializing in the design and evaluation of patient centered programs that empower the patient to modify controllable factors that may improve health-related quality of life in both primary and specialty care practices. She conducts research as a core investigator in the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication and is appointed Associate Research Professor of Medicine in the Indiana University School of Medicine.


   Dr. Damush is an expert on active implementation methodology and patient self-management. Nationally, she has served on the planning committees of the National Health Services Research & Development and Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) meetings at the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs and is a member of the VA Health Services Research & Development Scientific Member Review Board for Chronic Disease and Quality of Life Outcomes.


   As co-principal investigator for the PRIS-M QUERI Center, Dr. Damush's research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices for stroke survivors and caregivers. She has funding from of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adapt existing evidence-based tools for secondary stroke prevention from hospital discharge to the patient home setting.  

Active Projects

VAMC Informatics Innovation Award (PI)
“Healthy Goals and Patient Centered Assessments for Primary Care Visits via the KIOSK/iPAD” (2016-2017)


VA HSR&D NRI (PI: V. Daggett)
“TASK II Intervention for Stroke and TBI Caregivers” (2013-2017)


“PRIS-M. Precise Monitoring for Implementation” (2015-2019)
To use the VHA electronic health record data to implement precision monitoring to improve the quality and outcomes of care for Veterans.

Selected Publications                          |                          Go To PubMed List >>


  1. Rattray NA, Damush TM, Luckhurst C, Bauer-Martinez CJ, Homoya BJ, Miech EJ. Prime movers: Advanced practice professionals in the role of stroke coordinator.  J Am Assoc Nurse Pract. 2017 Apr 25. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12462. PubMed PMID: 28440589.

  2. Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. Erratum to: The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. doi: 10.1007/s13142-016-0412-x. PubMed PMID: 27528534; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987611

  3. Damush TM, Myers L, Anderson JA, Yu Z, Ofner S, Nicholas G, Kimmel B, Schmid AA, Kent T, Williams LS. The effect of a locally adapted, secondary stroke risk factor self-management program on medication adherence among veterans with stroke/TIA. Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):457-68. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0348-6. Erratum in: Transl Behav Med. 2016 Sep;6(3):469. PubMed PMID: 27349906; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4987603.

  4. Damush TM, Kroenke K, Bair MJ, Wu J, Tu W, Krebs EE, Poleshuck E. Pain self-management training increases self-efficacy, self-management behaviours and pain and depression outcomes. Eur J Pain. 2016 Aug;20(7):1070-8. doi: 10.1002/ejp.830. PubMed PMID: 26849410

  5. Ross JS, Williams L, Damush TM, Matthias M. Physician and other healthcare personnel responses to hospital stroke quality of care performance feedback: a qualitative study. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Jun;25(6):441-7. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004197. PubMed PMID: 26253122.

  6. Matthias MS, Kukla M, McGuire AB, Damush TM, Gill N, Bair MJ. Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in a Peer Support Intervention for Veterans With Chronic Pain. Clin J Pain. 2016 Jun;32(6):534-40. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000297. PubMed PMID: 26340653; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4794408.

  7. Williams L, Daggett V, Slaven JE, Yu Z, Sager D, Myers J, Plue L, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush TM. A cluster-randomised quality improvement study to improve two inpatient stroke quality indicators. BMJ Qual Saf. 2016 Apr;25(4):257-64. doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004188. PubMed PMID: 26303644

  8. Daggett VS, Woodward-Hagg H, Damush TM, Plue L, Russell S, Allen G, Williams LS, Chumbler NR, Bravata DM. Health care systems redesign project to improve dysphagia screening. J Nurs Care Qual. 2015 Jul-Sep;30(3):226-32. doi: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000096. PubMed PMID: 25463001.

  9. Bidassie B, Williams LS, Woodward-Hagg H, Matthias MS, Damush TM. Key components of external facilitation in an acute stroke quality improvement collaborative in the Veterans Health Administration. Implement Sci. 2015 May 14;10:69. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0252-y. PubMed PMID: 25971405; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4437451.

  10. Bair MJ, Ang D, Wu J, Outcalt SD, Sargent C, Kempf C, Froman A, Schmid AA, Damush TM, Yu Z, Davis LW, Kroenke K. Evaluation of Stepped Care for Chronic Pain (ESCAPE) in Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Conflicts: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 May;175(5):682-9. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.97. PubMed PMID: 25751701.


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