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

I. VA QUERI SDP 10-379 (2012-2016)

"Stroke Self-Management: Effect on Function and Stroke Quality of Life" (PI) 

A multisite randomized controlled trial designed to test the efficacy of a stroke self-management program. The intervention program includes both generic disease self-management and stroke specific self-management elements as identified by key stakeholders.

II. VA QUERI STR (2004-2015)

"Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Center" (PI: Linda Williams)

The mission of the Stroke QUERI is to improve care and outcomes for veterans at risk of ischemic stroke and those who have sustained an ischemic stroke. (Role: Implementation Research Coordinator)

Selected Publications                          |                          Go To PubMed List >>


1.  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 Internal Medicine. 2015 May 1;175(5):682-9.

2.  Damush TM, Miller KK, Plue L, Schmid AA, Myers L, Graham G, Williams LS. National implementation of acute stroke care centers in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA): formative evaluation of the field response. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2014 Dec;29 Suppl 4:845-52.

3.  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. Journal of Nursing Care Quality.  2015 Jul-Sep;30(3):226-32.

4.  Bair MJ, Poleshuck EL, Wu J, Krebs EK, Damush TM, Tu W, Kroenke K. Anxiety but not social stressors predict 12-month depression and pain severity. The Clinical Journal of Pain. 2013 Feb;29(2):95-101.

5.  Schmid AA, Van Puymbroeck M, Altenburger PA, Schalk NL, Dierks TA, Miller KK, Damush TM, Bravata DM, Williams LS. Poststroke balance improves with yoga: a pilot study. Stroke. 2012 Sep;43(9):2402-7

6.  Schmid AA, Van Puymbroeck M, Altenburger PA, Dierks TA, Miller KK, Damush TM, Williams LS. Balance and balance self-efficacy are associated with activity and participation after stroke: a cross-sectional study in people with chronic stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2012 Jun;93(6):1101-7.

7.  Damush TM, Ofner S, Yu Z, Plue L, Nicholas G, Williams LS. Implementation of a stroke self-management program: A randomized controlled pilot study of veterans with stroke. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2011 Dec;1(4):561-72.

8.  Kroenke K, Wu J, Bair MJ, Krebs EE, Damush TM, Tu W. Reciprocal relationship between pain and depression: a 12-month longitudinal analysis in primary care. The Journal of Pain. 2011 Sep;12(9):964-73.

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